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EEOC: Walmart Violates Work Protections for Pregnant Employees

Here comes another one. Federal class action lawsuit, that is, targeting retail behemoth Walmart for alleged work-related discrimination against pregnant employees. The case “is not suitable for class treatment, and we deny the allegations,” says a Walmart spokesperson. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission begs to differ. In its recent federal filing, the agency asserts […]

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Is the #MeToo Movement Casting Ripples in American Workplaces?

A reasoned response to whether the high-profile #MeToo campaign focused upon sexual harassment is having consequences for workplaces in Connecticut and across the country must surely conclude with a resounding “yes.” The movement spawned in the wake of the notorious case details surrounding former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has unquestionably put on-the-job sexual misconduct under […]

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SCOTUS’ New Term to Spotlight Employment, Arbitration Cases

It is a truism that cases on the United States Supreme Court docket – all matters that come to the court’s purview – are flatly significant and with the potential to affect vast numbers of Americans in fundamental ways. It will certainly be business as usual for the court during its current term. In fact, […]

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Can External Job Applicants Sue for Age Discrimination?

Many Connecticut residents and other individuals across the country routinely see promising job advertisements that spark their interest and invite a return application. A recent national news piece notes that many of those placements do not specify minimum qualifications, but do set forth a cap on experience. For example: “This position is open only to […]

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Port Authority Announces $19 Minimum Wage for Airport Workers by 2023

On September 27, 2018, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (“Port Authority”) announced a board-approved plan to increase the minimum wage of workers at John F. Kennedy International (“JFK”) and LaGuardia airports in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport (“Newark”) in New Jersey to $19 per hour by the year 2023. […]

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There Have Always Been Questions Re Quit-Related Notice

How many times a day is this question posed by one worker to another employee at worksites across the country: If you won the lottery tomorrow, would you give notice? A common response is Connecticut and elsewhere is certainly, “Are you kidding?” Of course, legions of workers valuing their jobs, co-workers and managers would provide […]

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OSHA to Hold Public Forum Regarding Whistleblowing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will continue its series of open meetings in which members of the public can provide comments, express concerns and recommend suggestions regarding whistleblower issues. Specifically, OSHA wishes to solicit public opinion on whistleblower regulations in the finance industry within the administration’s jurisdiction. Making public opinion heard The public forum, […]

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Hard to Top This Issue in Universe of Workplace Concerns

It’s like the elephant in the room. In fact, it’s a concern writ large in virtually every American workplace, regardless of type and size. On-the-job sexual harassment has admittedly and always been an employment-linked concern. And it has been so endemic in the job sphere that it can seem to be an intractable commonplace. Consider […]

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It’s a Brave New World for Employment Agreement Poaching Clauses

“No more.” That is the succinct and studied observation delivered in an in-depth media overview of what are commonly called “anti-poaching” clauses that franchisors routinely insert into their employment contracts. That probe into what has now become a front-burner legal concern concedes that, while no-poach provisions have been ubiquitous and quietly accepted across the country […]

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Class of Thai Restaurant Employees in New York City Win Certification

On August 29, 2018, federal Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron granted conditional collective certification to a class of former restaurant employees, all of whom worked at now-closed Thai restaurants in Manhattan and claim they were not paid minimum wage or overtime. The class, comprised of cashiers, delivery people, kitchen workers, and waiters who worked between […]