Whether you are an employer or an employee, it’s important to stay up-to-date on developments in employment law to protect your rights in the workplace. Our blog highlights the most relevant news, bills, lawsuits, and “how-tos” of employment law for working professionals. Our blog also includes our firm’s most recent news.
The recent government shutdown left many federal workers without pay for weeks. Although President Trump agreed to end the government shutdown, going without pay will continue to affect federal employees. As Snoop Dogg recently pointed out, unpaid wages violate the trust between an employee and his or her employer. Unpaid wages are the hallmark of an abusive employer. Therefore, this significant period of unpaid wages will likely change how federal employees feel about their employer for years to come.
Daryl Robinson, a former sales executive of Mariott Vacations Worldwide, is suing his former employer for racial discrimination, race harassment, failure to prevent race discrimination and harassment, and retaliation for opposing forbidden practices. Robinson, who says that he was the only African American employee in the entire office, claims that he was asked to dance as entertainment for fellow employees and that a photo of the character Buckwheat was used to represent him during a team-building exercise.
Instances of Racial Discrimination
According to the New York City Health Department, workers at diners and coffee shops have sued nearly 25% of these employers for underpayment over the last decade. Of the 92 suits, only 12 have been ruled on or settled. This lengthy legal process may deter workers from even filing lawsuits in the first place. Too often, diner owners escape having to pay their employees. For example, they declare bankruptcy, transfer assets to friends and relatives, or even sell the business
Discrimination against pregnant mothers is far too common in the American workplace. Pregnancy discrimination seems to be occurring in an organization that claims to champion women’s rights: Planned Parenthood. Interviews with several employees have raised issues of pregnancy discrimination among the women’s healthcare provider. For example, employees have alleged that the organization has not provided appropriate rest breaks for pregnant employees and considered pregnancy a negative factor in the hiring process.
The Challenges of Pregnant Planned Parenthood Employees
Most Planned Parenthood
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a class-action religious discrimination lawsuit against UPS. UPS has a policy that prohibits male employees in certain positions from having beards or growing their hair below collar length. The EEOC claimed that, as a result of this policy, UPS refused to hire or promote individuals whose religious practices conflict with this appearance standard. Furthermore, the EEOC alleged that individuals who maintained beards and long hair for religious reasons were segregated to
A new law in Hungary allows employees to work up to 400 hours of overtime every year. However, the new law also permits employers to delay overtime wage payments for up to three years. Critics call the new legislation a slave law. Labor unions have pointed out that Hungarians already struggled with low wages and poor working conditions. This new law may further damper workers’ rights in Hungary. “And now to give employers, especially multinational companies who want even lower
How the Grinch Stole Wages: Qantas asks Employees to Work Voluntary and Unpaid Shifts during Holiday Season
A recently leaked memo from Qantas, an Australian airline, asked employees to consider working voluntary and unpaid shifts during the holiday season. This volunteer initiative has angered employees and customers alike. Many have claimed that asking employees to perform unpaid work during this especially busy travel period is wage theft.
The memo reads: “To support our airport teams at [Sydney International Terminal] over the 2018 peak Christmas travel period, we’re trialing a new volunteer program for our Campus-based people who’d
Mark S. Luckie, Facebook’s former Strategic Partner Manager for Global Influencers focused on Underrepresented Voices, recently sent a memo to Facebook employees around the world. Before his last day at the company, Luckie wanted to expose what he calls Facebook’s “black people problem.” He described several issues that black employees at the company have had to face.
Black people are one of the most engaged demographics on Facebook. According to the Pew Research Center, 70% of black U.S. adults use
Another employment sector is under fire for sexual harassment in today’s #MeToo era. Female federal prison workers are coming forward to describe their experiences with sexual harassment at work. Prisoners have allegedly threatened rape, exposed themselves, and even groped female employees. To make matters worse, male employees have encouraged this unacceptable behavior and even participated in it.
New York Times Examination
The New York Times recently conducted a thorough examination of the unique challenges that female federal prison workers face. The examination
The Ugly Side of a Beauty Brand: Former NYC Marketing Vice President Sues L’Oreal for Discrimination
Amanda Johnson, former L’Oreal marketing vice president in New York City, has sued the cosmetics company due to racial discrimination and a hostile work environment. Johnson was first hired as an assistant vice president of digital marketing, and she quickly rose up the corporate ladder at L’Oreal. Even at the highest levels of management, however, she claims that she experienced a sexist and racist culture in L’Oreal’s c-suite. Johnson claims that L’Oreal’s sexist corporate culture involved male colleagues watching pornography