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Employers May Use Pregnancy-Tracking Apps to Monitor Employees

 

Many women may use pregnancy-tracking apps to chart their stages of pregnancy through their child’s infancy. Unfortunately, some employers who offer access or use of the app may pay to monitor their pregnant employees and gain aggregated data from what their employees input ranging from general information about their health to intimate details about their […]

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Protection Under Federal Sex Discrimination Laws to be Decided

 

On Monday, the Supreme Court will decide if federal gender discrimination laws protect the gender identity and sexual orientation of individuals. Under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate against the sex of the worker. Some states, however, do offer protection to transgender and homosexual workers. In regard to the federal […]

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Fast Food Giants End No-Poach Agreements

 

No-poach agreements take advantage of low-wage employees and staunch their advancement opportunities within a company. However, fast food chain giants, such as Arby’s, Little Caesar’s, Five Guys, and Dunkin’ Donuts have recently signed an agreement to end the common practice in franchises throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. No-poach agreements prohibit franchise owners from hiring an […]

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Breastfeeding in the Workplace

 

Discrimination against breastfeeding mothers stretches well above mere accommodations in many companies. Breastfeeding mothers are often prohibited from taking necessary breaks, overlooked for promotions, verbally assaulted, and are even forced into demotions or terminated from employment. Although federal law prohibits such activities, many companies are noncompliant. Denial of a woman’s right to breastfeed causes physical […]

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Political Consultants Face Sexual Harassment

 

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, more professions are reporting cases of sexual harassment. In a recent survey of political consultants by Campaign and Elections magazine, about 26 percent said they thought sexual harassment was more common in the political consultant arena than other industries. In that same survey, 54 percent of women stated […]

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Workers Would Rather Quit Than Report Harassment

 

More than one-quarter of female workers would quit their jobs than report sexual harassment, according to a recent survey conducted by Randstad US. The survey also reveals that 29 percent of women have received some form of unwelcome attention while on the job, compared to 20 percent of men. Those taking the survey agreed that […]

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Popular Author Accused of Sexual Harassment

 

Jay Asher, author of the popular young adult novel, 13 Reasons Why, is filing a defamation lawsuit against the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Asher, who was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct in 2017, is stating that the original lawsuit against him claimed false accusations and ruined his professional reputation. Asher […]

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Cannabis Company Under Discrimination Claims

 

National marijuana retailer, MedMen, is facing a legal problem that has nothing to do with its line of business dispensing recreational and medical marijuana. The California-based company is being sued by its former chief financial officer for a series of allegations, including workplace discrimination. MedMen was founded in 2010 and offers both medical and recreational […]

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LGBTQ Employees Earn Less Than Straight Employees

 

The challenges that those in the LGBTQ community face are a constant uphill climb when compared to their straight counterparts. Progress for civil rights equality for LGBTQ members had begun to slow down over the past few decades, which, in turn, has affected their employment and finances. Life for gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals has […]

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Tech Company Allegedly Withheld Wages from Underrepresented Employees

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is accusing Oracle, a computer technology cooperation, of allegedly withholding $400 million in wages from workers. Women and racially underrepresented employees, including African-American, Latino, and Asian workers, are among those affected. Once hired, these workers were initially paid substantially less than their coworkers. […]

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