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March 2017 Archives

6 things pregnant women and new moms should know

Pregnant women and new mothers have specific rights by which employers must abide. These protections apply to all pregnant women. They cover pregnant women from the hiring process through her pregnancy and even during the postpartum period. All pregnant women and those who have recently had a baby should remember these points.

Workplace discrimination charges made against company

Many behaviors in the workplace could be considered to be against the law in Missouri and elsewhere around the country. Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfairly because of their age, race, gender, nationality, religion or disability. When such discrimination is suspected, employees sometimes come together to protest a company's behavior in a lawsuit. Kay Jewelers has recently come under fire for suspected wage and promotion discrimination, as well as alleged sexual improprieties.

Improvements still needed re workplace sexual harassment

Unwanted advances from co-workers have occurred for a very long time, well before they were considered to be illegal. While sexual harassment is against the law in Missouri and everywhere else in our country, it is still prevalent in the workplace today. A long-time federal correspondent for an internet broadcast radio station and website-based news provider recently offered his insight on sexual harassment in the work environment.

Roundup of EEOC discrimination settlements

If you are routinely discriminated against at your job, it may seem hopeless. There is great power disparity between you and your employer. Sure, you could file a discrimination lawsuit, and you are nominally protected but the reality is that your employer is likely going to punish you for filing the suit and you will be forced to look for another. Additionally, with the job market still tight, you don?t want to develop a "litigious" reputation. With so many chips stacked against you, it may look like you will just have to swallow that discriminatory behavior.

Missouri raised the minimum wage in 2017

The minimum wage was a hot topic over the past few years. The famed "Fight for 15" pitted service workers, predominately in the fast food industry, against employers both big and small. The "Fight for 15" basic argument was that the minimum wage did not provide a livable wage which forced people on the minimum wage to seek government assistance. Essentially, the government was subsidizing major company’s ability to underpay their workers.

Hotel allegedly exploited workers; violated wage laws

There are laws are in place to protect the rights of workers in Missouri and throughout the country. These wage laws ensure that employees get paid properly and are afforded breaks, among other protections. A recent situation in another state focused on a hotel accused with violating several of the local and state minimum wage laws.

Wrongful termination issues addressed in Missouri Senate

When someone is fired in Missouri or elsewhere around the country, his or her first reaction may be to sue the former employer. But there are many instances when a firing is not illegal and would not warrant a wrongful termination lawsuit. In fact, recent actions in the Missouri Senate could make it even more difficult to prove discrimination in wrongful termination cases.

Fox News settled sexual harassment claim against Bill O’Reilly

Fox News seems incapable of escaping the revolving door of sexual harassment allegations against prominent executives and personalities. Earlier last year it was the infamous Roger Ailes, head of Fox News. Then it was Megyn Kelly’s on-air feuding with Mr. Trump and members of his campaign. The latest stink of sexual harassment is now against Bill O’Reilly, arguably the most popular on-air personality on the Fox News network.

A young man's guide to sexual harassment in the workplace

Often, it's women who learn about sexual harassment and what to look out for, but men are the victims of harassment at work, too. As a young man, you have all the same rights as any other victim of sexual harassment. You can file a complaint with your human resources department if there is one at work, or you can talk to a supervisor about the coworker or person who is harassing you. Of course, if those steps don't help, a lawsuit is a possibility.

Exploring Uber's infamous workplace culture

Many Silicon Valley companies are notorious for their workaholic employees, insane pressure, and demands on employees. Amazon is routinely criticized for demanding extreme commitment from its employees, even to the extent that it requires them to forego child responsibilities. But, it appears, that Uber may take the crown from Amazon as the most demanding workplace environment.