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May 2018 Archives

Supreme Court allows employer class action lawsuit ban

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling in one of the longest debated cases of the session. In a 5:4 decision, the Court ruled that an employer may prevent its employees from joining in a class action lawsuit against the employer. Under the terms of many employment contracts, this decision prevents a vulnerable employee from pursuing litigation altogether--forcing them instead to resolve disputes through arbitration.

How employer retaliation can work to your advantage

Not all work environments are warm and supportive. Your boss may try to use fear and intimidation tactics to get the results he wants. However, even in the most difficult workplace scenarios, you’re entitled to certain legal protections—and you shouldn’t be afraid to claim them.

Supreme Court allows required arbitration in employment contracts

In what many employee advocates see as a blow to workers and the employment laws that protect them, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employers may require mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts. The 5-4 ruling makes it more likely that companies will require these clauses, which typically prohibit employees from banding together to bring class action lawsuits.

Ways your employer may be underpaying you

If you work a job for an hourly wage, there are many employment laws that your employer is required to follow. Unfortunately, not all employers always follow all the legal regulations required in wage and hour laws, and often in these cases it is the employees who end up getting taken advantage of.

Fox News settles sex, race discrimination claims for $10 million

Sexual harassment scandals brought down Fox News's chairman, the late Roger Ailes, along with Bill O'Reilly, one of its leading commentators. The company had made massive, confidential payouts to women who had accused the two men of sexual harassment. Then, lawsuits and reports revealed a culture that tolerated sexual harassment and even seemed set up to facilitate it. Those discoveries led to overall scrutiny of the culture at Fox News.

Summer interns and students are vulnerable to sexual harassment

Whether you're a student working one of your first jobs or an intern gaining valuable knowledge and experience, you should know that you have the right to a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, many people either don't realize that fact or are afraid to stand up for their rights.

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