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February 2014 Archives

McDonald's To Pay $50,000 to Settle Religion Discrimination Claim

McDonald's recently agreed to settle a religion-based employment discrimination suit, agreeing to pay $50,000 and provide other relief to a Muslim employee who wasn't allowed to grow a beard.

Federal Minimum Wage Standards Are Set to Apply to Home Aides Come 2015

A new regulation issued by the Obama Administration will extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home aides who care for disabled persons and older adults. Starting on January 1, 2015, all home aides will be covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which requires employers to pay at least the Federal minimum wage and time-and-a-half overtime premium when certain employees work more than 40 hours in a week. Traditionally, the FLSA excluded Home Aides and babysitters from these protections. However, in New York, home aides were already required to be a paid minimum wage under the New York State Labor Law. The new overtime pay requirement under FLSA will be the added benefit to home aides in New York State who often work longer than traditional 40-hr work weeks.

Weight Discrimination in the Workplace: An Evolving Scenario

Nothing, as the saying goes, is written in stone and that includes the law. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. However, as society has evolved, other workplace protections have been put in place, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA), which prohibits employment discrimination based on a disability. Many believe that workplace protections may soon expand to prohibit discrimination based on weight.

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