On September 10, 2013 Dr. Gear gave a speech to the Alabama Chief Probate Clerk's Conference on the basics of Labor Law.
In the speech, Dr. Gear advised the clerks that the best way to avoid expensive litigation is to follow the Golden Rule. "Despite
shifts in the law, we can take comfort in this stable reality: there are fundamental
principles that effective employers follow when addressing workplace issues. These
fundamentals are easy to understand and are the foundation of all labor laws.
Charles Yates, who recently filed a complaint with the EEOC about the discriminatory treatment he suffered while working at City Hall, has been honored as part of the Maintenance Department of the Birmingham Museum of Art. The Maintenance Department was recognized as the department of the year. For more information, visit the museum's website here.
The Birmingham News' Joseph Bryant wrote a piece about the second charge of discrimination made by a Caucasian employee against the City of Birmingham. In the article, Bryant details the charges laid out by Charles Yates in his EEOC filing (available here). The article also features quotes from Yate's attorney.
Despite the recent flurry of ceremonies and construction of monuments in celebration of 50 years of progress, Birmingham City stands accused of racial discrimination in a federal lawsuit filed by Virginia Spidle on January 11, 2013. Spidle, the City’s Chief Accountant, a 24 year City employee was wrongfully terminated twice by the City, once in 2010 and the second time weeks after the Jefferson County Personnel Board ordered her reinstatement in 2012. The City has since invited her back to work. She is now assigned to the City’s Public Work Department.