Plaintiffs from Mars . . . and Venus. In separate decisions, courts dismissed the following claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act: (a) a heavy-machine operator with sleep apnea who was fired for sleeping on the job; (b) a psychiatrist in a state mental hospital who couldn't work with sick or violent patients; and (c) a switchboard operator whose "disability" was fear of snakes. Sad that we have to take such pleasure in these obvious decisions, but see Arbitrator Chandler's decision, right, for a good reason why we must.

Age act ceases to apply after other foot enters grave. A federal court in Michigan dismissed the ADEA claims of the widow of an employee who was terminated and then committed suicide.

" If men could get pregnant . . ." this probably would have been the law a long time ago. (Just kidding, guys–really.) The EEOC has decided that it is a violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act for employers to offer health insurance for some prescription medications, including Viagra, but not for prescription contraceptives.


Glen, Glenda breathe sighs of relief. The City of Portland, Oregon, has added "gender identity" to the list of characteristics protected by its anti-discrimination ordinance.

Bad month for aliens. The AFL-CIO and its allies raised enough of a stink about conservative Linda Chavez's illegal alien houseguest to cause Chavez to withdraw from consideration for Secretary of Labor. In the same month, actor Ray Walston, star of the 1960's sitcom "My Favorite Martian," died.

Work-related killing, no! Non-work-related killing, si! An arbitrator in Massachusetts ordered a company to reinstate with back pay an employee who was suspended after he allegedly killed another parent at his 10-year-old son's hockey game. The incident, "though it led to a most serious result was not company related," said never-to-be-accepted-by-management-again Arbitrator Joseph Chandler.

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