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A new edition of Monopoly entitled “Ms. Monopoly” will pay female players more than men. The makers of the game are tackling the gender wage gap, which is the discrepancy between the average earnings of all men and women in the United States. As of 2019, women earn roughly 79 cents of every dollar that men earn in the United States. Ms. Monopoly is flipping this narrative, with the game’s box reading, “the first game where women make more than
4.4 million workers in America’s service industry rely on tips for a living. Roughly two-thirds of this group are women. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has not changed since 1991. At only $2.13 an hour, it’s no surprise that tips are vital to earning a living in this industry. Although individual states have raised the minimum wage for tipped employees, the majority of states still have a minimum wage under 5$ an hour. Under the law, employers have
Neal Strassner, a frequent passenger at New York’s Greater Rochester International Airport, claims that an airport security officer handed him a torn note as he walked through a metal detector. After he passed through airport security and began walking away, he says the airport employee yelled at him, “You going to open the note?” He opened the note to find only two words written: “you ugly!” Strassner said, “I was more confused than anything . . . I kind of
Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court That Transgender Workers Are Not Protected Under Civil Rights Law
The Trump administration’s justice department recently filed a brief with the Supreme Court, arguing that transgender workers are not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Without protection under the Civil Rights Act, transgender workers can legally be fired on the basis of their gender identity. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act officially prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Those who disagree with the Trump administration argue that
Mark Savignac and Julia Sheketoff, a couple who worked as attorneys at Jones Day, are suing their former employer. The couple claims that Jones Day discriminates in its parental leave policies. Specifically, the lawsuit states that Savignac was unlawfully denied his right to parental leave after his son was born. When Savignac questioned what he thought to be a discriminatory practice, he was fired.
Gender Stereotypes About Parental Leave At Jones Day
The lawsuit reveals that male partners at Jones Day made
Aimee Stephens, a transgender individual, worked as a funeral director at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Michigan. The funeral home terminated Stephens’ because of its subjective perspective on what women at work should look like. Essentially, Stephens’ employer felt that transgender women are not feminine enough. The funeral home owner, Thomas Rost, testified that he has “yet to see a man dressed up as a woman that I didn’t know was not a man dressed up as a
A Filipino nurse who is over 40 years old sued Dameron Hospital for national origin and age discrimination. In her ninth year as a unit coordinator at the hospital, Nancy Ortiz and her colleagues, 99% of whom are Filipino, were given a new department director. The director would only give the Filipino workers “negative feedback” and routinely “humiliate[d]” them for their accents. The director said, “those of you with a thick accent, those of you that cannot speak English
United Capital Financial Advisers is being sued by a former employee who claims she experienced racial discrimination and retaliation at the firm.
Tracey Chung alleges that her supervisor would publicly humiliate and berate her, and constantly micromanage her work, according to a lawsuit filed last week in a Dallas, Texas federal court. Chung claims that she was singled out by this supervisor because she was the only Asian woman in the office and was viewed as an easy target.
Chung reported the behavior to the
A cameraman working on the TV show “Criminal Minds” has sued his employer for sexual harassment. He alleges that the Director of Photography, Greg St. Johns, touched him sexually 2 to 3 times weekly during filming. This cameraman, Todd Durboraw, is specifically suing St. Johns, ABC Studios, CBS, Warner Brothers, and Entertainment Partners Enterprises.
Graphic Harassment On TV Set
Durboraw’s lawsuit describes the graphic sexual assault he allegedly endured in the workplace. In one instance, while Durboraw was squatting down, St. Johns
Individuals on both sides of the abortion debate are noticing a contradiction–states with the most restrictive abortion laws have the weakest support for pregnant women and mothers in the workplace. Nine states passed bills to limit abortion in 2019, including Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio; but these states have fewer protections for pregnant women. In a report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, states were assigned a letter grade A through F based on the quality