There’s No Small Biz Quick Fix for Diversity, Inclusion Issues

Just about every business, small and large, wants a diverse team of executives, managers, and staff. Primarily, diversity in backgrounds and opinions can make your company better, attracting more customers, clients, and prospective employees. Beyond that, you could get in trouble legally if your company isn’t diverse or inclusive enough. So, how do you get …

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Labor Department Ramps Up Unequal Pay Claims Against Oracle

“Oracle’s suppression of pay for its non-white, non-male employees is so extreme that it persists and gets worse over long careers.” Not exactly something you want to hear about your business in any context in this day and age, and certainly not something you want to read in a complaint filed by the U.S. Department …

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Age Discrimination Protections Don’t Apply to Job Applicants, Court Rules

In a divided decision, the en banc Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned its prior three-member panel decision, and ruled that age discrimination protections only apply to employees and not to job applicants. Such a ruling has broad implications, though currently limited as law to the Seventh Circuit. Some believe this flies in the face …

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Boss Learns $21 Million Lesson in Honoring Employee Religious Beliefs

Park Hotels and Resorts, formerly known as Hilton Worldwide, was hit with a $21.5 million verdict for failing to honor an employee’s civil and constitutionally protected right to practice her religion, even if that meant not working on Sundays. Due to federal guidelines, that amount will decrease to about $1 million. But the message being …

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Pro Tip: Don’t Threaten Employees With Deportation

As you are (hopefully) aware, federal law prohibits hiring undocumented workers. In addition, many state laws can punish employers for not complying with verification requirements. But many unscrupulous employers disregard these strictures and flip immigration law against their employees. One company, which actually went through the legal process to hire an immigrant employee, allegedly turned …

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Kellogg Seeks to Punish Litigious Employees in Arbitration Battle

There are cases of he-said-she-said. And then there are cases like this, of they-sued-they-countersued-they-sued-again. Kellogg Company workers filed a class action lawsuit alleging they were denied overtime pay. Kellogg denied the allegations, but also asked the court to dismiss the case, claiming that the workers had signed an employment agreement requiring arbitration. Kellogg successfully had …

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Uber, Lyft Drivers in NYC Get Minimum Wage

The legal issues swirling around driver pay for ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft normally centered around whether those drivers were classified as employees or contractors. State and federal minimum wage, overtime, and unemployment laws generally only apply to employees, so as long as drivers were independent contractors, the companies could pay what they wanted. …

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