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January 2014 Archives

Depositions sought in university wrongful termination lawsuit

In the viral video age of YouTube, nothing we do or say is protected from public view. Such was the case of a leading university's basketball coach caught in the act of verbally and physically humiliating his players during a practice. The nationwide outcry that followed witnessed the dismissal of the coach and his athletic director, as well as a colleague's subsequent wrongful termination suit.

Louisiana Seafood Company Fined for Wage and Hour Law Violation

A Louisiana wholesale supplier of crayfish and seafood products has been fined almost $250,000 by the U.S Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Workers files complaint against the town over dismissals

A Connecticut labor union has filed a complaint against its town, charging it retaliated on its employees who voted to unionize. The complaint, filed with the Department of Labor, states an employee was wrongfully terminated from her position as a result of her participation in the union movement. The town denies the allegations.

Breastfeeding activists fight for rights at work

Under the Affordable Care Act, lactating mothers are permitted to express breast milk at work. Those companies who deny that right run the risk of both gender and pregnancy discrimination. One 31-year-old worker at a glass factory in neighboring Pennsylvania is filing a lactation discrimination suit against her employer. The ACA allows her access to a clean and private space to express her milk. When she made her request, supervisors balked and directed her to an alternative room, which the new mother claims was a stuffy locker room with dead insects lying around.

Breach of contract and wrongful termination suit filed

A former corporate executive has filed a breach of contract and wrongful termination suit in federal court against a large jewelry company. The former executive claims the company failed to pay him $1 million for his work on a $75 million deal between the company and a private equity firm based in San Francisco.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Law of the land?

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is a bill that passed in the Senate and is currently waiting a vote in the House. The key nature of this bill points to a more global prevention of discrimination at the workplace based on gender or sexual orientation. Studies show that almost three-quarters of all Americans support such federal protections. The bill would have huge implications for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Individuals. Currently only 21 states have guidelines in place protecting the rights of gay individuals, and only 17 have such protection on the basis of gender equity.

New Boeing contract could affect location and wage for machinists

As the New Year ushers in major changes in the minimum wage affecting the little guy in a major city like New York, Boeing machinists are voting on a critical labor contract that could cost thousands of jobs and put billions of dollars in flux in our economy. Boeing is bracing for backlash if the workers reject the deal to build the 777X jetliner in its home state, where Boeing has been for almost 100 years.

Assemblyman appeals sexual harassment ruling

Following charges of sexual harassment, New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner has lost his unpaid chairmanship and has been banned from leadership posts after an ethics committee found him guilty of sexual harassment and for creating a hostile work environment. The politician, open about his bisexuality, is under fire pending allegations that he had inappropriate chats with a male and a female on his staff over the last few years. He has been stripped of his post as chairman of the Libraries Committees. He will not be allowed to contract interns and will be obligated to attend sexual harassment workshops.

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