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California Extends Family Leave to Small Businesses

Starting on January 1, 2018, about 2.8 million small business workers in California will become eligible to take 12 weeks of parental leave to care for a newborn without losing their jobs. Two decades ago, the federal government passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), which granted parental leave to workers employed by large businesses – defined as 50 employees or more. With the current makeup of the federal government, any expansion of worker protections at the federal level is extremely unlikely and a […]

EEOC Reaches $10M Settlement with Motor Vehicle Giant in Employment Discrimination and Harassment Case

Last month, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had reached an agreement with Ford Motor Company to pay more than $10 million in an employment discrimination and harassment case. The lawsuit, brought by the federal agency, focused on alleged discriminatory and harassing behavior against black and female workers at two of Ford’s facilities in Chicago. During the course of its investigation, the EEOC indicated that it had reasonable cause to believe that workers were subjected […]

Age Discrimination Case Brought by EEOC Results in $12M Settlement

Last month, Texas Roadhouse, a national restaurant chain, was ordered to pay $12 million to settle an employment discrimination case filed by the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC alleged that the restaurant chain violated federal law by adapting a nationwide pattern of age discrimination when hiring hourly employees to work front-of-the-house, such as hosts, servers, and bartenders. According to the EEOC, Texas Roadhouse discriminated against applicants over the age of 40 by refusing to hire them for these […]

Study Finds 1 in 4 Victims of Workplace Discrimination Face Stress and Depression

A study by VitalSmarts, a leadership training firm, found that more than 1-in4 employees who experience discrimination at work suffer from feelings of depression, anxiety, frustration, and helplessness. The study’s researchers polled 500 victims of discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status and sexual orientation.  The polled employees also reported that they feel that bias in their workplace is widespread, enduring, and unmanageable: Widespread: 49% of victims feel that […]

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Ruling in $2.1 Million Labor Law Case

Earlier this month, the federal appeals court in Colorado upheld an earlier ruling that had found an Oklahoma Mexican restaurant El Tequila and its owner in direct violation of labor laws, specifically the Fair Labor Standards Act. The case dealt specifically with the mishandling of employee wages and failure to keep accurate time records. A pretrial ruling initially determined that the restaurant and owner owed at least $1.7 million in damages and back wages, covering more than 300 workers.  The […]

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