A federal court has enforced a subpoena by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) against Starbucks as it seeks to investigate the company’s efforts to interfere with labor organizing among its workers. More specifically, it is seeking documents related to spending the company may have done to interfere with an organizing campaign, which may indicate the company engaged in unfair labor practices. This is in spite of efforts by Starbucks to stymie the investigation, claiming that the USDOL was overstepping its authority.
In terms of pure dollar amounts, wage theft is one of the biggest financial crimes in the United States, costing workers more than eight billion dollars a year, according to the Economic Policy Institute. This deprives workers of income they are legally entitled to, enriching employers at the expense of their employees. But what is wage theft, and how do you know if it is happening to you? Continue reading “Identifying the Signs of Wage Theft”
Pregnancy discrimination is a specific type of discrimination that women face when they become pregnant. This discrimination prevents them from being able to take time off work to have a child and raise them, making pregnancy economically perilous and increasing the risk of harm to both the mother and the child. Here are just some of the most common ways that employers discriminate against pregnant employees:
As of December 1, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing the injury and illness record-keeping rule. Under the record-keeping rule, companies with more than 250 employees in covered industries will be required to submit annual injury and illness forms electronically.
All companies must now be familiar with the Labor Department’s new rules defining independent contractor versus employee status for several reasons. In addition to working for principals as an independent worker, many rep firms hire employees to assist in their businesses. When are workers employees? When are they contractors? These are differences in definitions that have huge legal implications.
Steven Mitchell Sack, “The Employee’s Lawyer,” will appear on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday, February 27 at 6:45 a.m. to discuss the new rules that are being proposed in Seattle on how companies establish their employees’ work schedules.
A class action lawsuit can be used when a number of people wish to participate in a lawsuit but the class is too numerous, or it would be too expensive to try each case separately. These individuals commence a case and retain lawyers to represent them and retain a class representative to represent them and the class. An example of this is hundreds of people who suffer alleged employment discrimination, including sexual harassment and wage and hour violations are now pursuing their job rights through class action lawsuits. In addition, class action lawsuits are also available to challenge a policy or interpretation of a statute or regulation, such as in a Medicaid case.
While it is always ideal to have a lawyer to protect your legal rights and interests, this may not be possible all the time. If you have limited funds and do not qualify for legal aid, you may be forced to appear on behalf of yourself. Just because you appear pro se does not mean you will lose your case. However, it is necessary to be informed and educate yourself about the procedure and what to expect.
Damages are awarded to a prevailing party in a lawsuit. They may come in the form of money, or in some cases, the court may order the opposing party to perform a certain action.
Over the past century, labor laws have evolved to protect many classes of individuals — including men, women and children. US labor laws protections regulate workplace conditions including: harassment and discrimination in the workplace, workers’ health, and minimum pay. However, in recent years, the social progress of employment protections have come under question regarding a specific group of people….interns. In late March 2014, interns in New York City were granted the rights and protections that they argue they so rightfully deserve.