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New Report Highlights 16% Gender Pay Disparity Among CFOs

Title VII and, to some extent, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex. These laws are usually recourse for either the discriminated employee to fight for injunctive relief or for damages by targeting the specific employer that allegedly committed the discrimination. However, when sex discrimination is … Continue reading »

New Report Highlights Abuse, Strength of Latina Workers

It should come as no surprise that many people in the United States still suffer from employment abuse. What is shocking, however, is that much of this abuse is concentrated within one class of people in the workforce. Latina working women are among the most vulnerable workers when it comes to abuse and harassment. Looking … Continue reading »

Glass Ceiling in Idaho Leads to Serious Wage Gap in Governor’s Cabinet

Think Progress reported on March 21 that the Idaho governor is paying the female employees less than their male counterparts. In fact, the median wage for women employees is $20,000 less than men’s wages. The highest paid full-time female employee, state Agriculture Department Director Celia Gould, makes almost $40,000 less than Commerce Director Jeffrey Sayer … Continue reading »

Paula Deen is in Hot Water Y’all: Employment Discrimination Suit Filed

Paula Deen and her food empire have become iconic over the past decades, producing restaurants, television shows, and the world’s best southern cooking. However, Deen’s reputation as an innocent Georgia mama has been cast into doubt by a recent lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and sexual harassment by a former employee. Lisa T. Jackson, a former … Continue reading »

Food for Thought: Subminimum Wage and the Restaurant Industry

Food for thought: In eleven states, servers, bartenders, and other “tipped employees” are paid just $2.13 an hour – the current federal subminimum wage. For these employees, earning a living is a gamble; if it’s a slow shift, going to work can cost more than what is earned. And according to a recent study by … Continue reading »

Hooters-Wings, Beer, and Labor Law Violations

When one thinks about Hooters restaurants, the immediate thought is not about labor law violations. But for 19 former servers at the Hooters in San Francisco, that is exactly their thought. These former Hooters employees began a class action lawsuit against the chain in 2010, and the class action was upheld by the California 1st … Continue reading »

HP: PA Woman Fired for Wearing Prosthetic Penis to Work

A Pennsylvania woman has filed suit after her New Jersey-based employers allegedly dismissed her for wearing a prosthetic penis to work. The Philadelphia Daily News cites a federal civil rights complaint filed by Pauline Davis Wednesday, which says she wore the device to the J&J Snack Foods plant in Moosic, Lackawanna County as she was contemplating … Continue reading »

NPR: Justices Rule Ministers Exempt from Anti-Bias Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court for the first time has declared that the Constitution exempts ministers from the nation’s anti-discrimination laws. Wednesday’s decision was unanimous and groundbreaking — but it left unresolved some of the thorniest questions in determining who is a minister and who is not. The court’s ruling came in the case of Cheryl … Continue reading »

AARP Asks Supreme Court to Uphold FMLA Protections for State Employees

On January 11, 2012 the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals about considering whether states can avoid financial liability for “self-care” claims under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Daniel Coleman, an African-American male who was employed by the Maryland state court system, alleged he was discriminated … Continue reading »

Effects of a Potential Repeal of DOMA

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a Bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  This Bill has little to no chance of passing either the House or the Senate, at least in the current Congress.  However it is interesting to think of some of the potential impacts such a repeal would have … Continue reading »


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