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July 2015 Archives

Former assistant to Wall Street mogul awarded $18M in sexual harassment lawsuit

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employees are protected from suffering acts of discrimination or harassment in the workplace. However, despite these types of laws and the protections they afford both female and male employees, millions of U.S. workers are subjected to acts of workplace sexual harassment.

New rule set to expand overtime pay for 5 million Americans

An employment rule change recently announced by President Obama is expected to expand eligibility for overtime pay to about 5 million salaried Americans. Currently, if your yearly salary is more than $23,660 and your employer has classified you as a manager or executive, then you may not be entitled to overtime pay, even if you work much more than 40 hours in a week.

While illegal, many employers continue to discriminate against pregnant employees

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects female employees from suffering workplace discrimination based on their "pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions." These protections extend to activities related to hiring, job assignments, health insurance and other benefits, temporary disability and maternity leave.

Retaliation in the workplace

A recent Gallup poll revealed that U.S. workers spend an average of 47 hours per week working. Given the significant amount of time many people spend at work, it's critical that employment and labor laws exist to account for the health and safety of workers and to protect them from suffering acts of harassment, discrimination and wage theft.

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