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Why Should You Speak to Your Coworkers About Your Salary?

Many people feel uncomfortable talking about their salary, especially with their other coworkers. They may think it is rude, or be afraid of retaliation from their boss for discussing that information. However, if you talk to your coworkers about how much you are paid, you could find some extremely useful information that you can use to your benefit. Here are just a few reasons you should speak to your coworkers about your salary?

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Have You Been Discriminated Against at Work?

Every year, more than 100,000 people file discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunty Commission (EEOC), the federal authority in charge of investigating workplace discrmination claims. However, this shockingly large number is still thought to include a great deal of underreporting, in part because people do not always recognize when they have been the victim of discrimination. So how do you know if you have been discriminated against at work?

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Federal Court Denies Dismissal in Painkiller Discrimination Case

A federal court in Ohio has dismissed a motion for summary judgment in a case where a prospective employee was not hired after disclosing he used a prescription opioid painkiller. The case is a sign of the stigma that many people with chronic pain face as they seek employment in their respective fields. However, the plaintiff’s own motion for summary judgment was also defeated, meaning the case may have a long way to go before it is resolved.

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New York City Mandates Salary Range Disclosure Starting May 15

Starting on May 15, 2022, New York City will require all employers in the city with four or more employees to disclose the acceptable salary range for any position it advertises. This is meant to deal with a surprisingly common problem, where employers would advertise a position without also advertising the salary, leading to what many would consider deceptive business practices. This information can help potential job applicants to ensure they are making an amount of money appropriate to their position, rather than having to operate blind. Continue reading “New York City Mandates Salary Range Disclosure Starting May 15”

How Do Employers Use Performance Reviews Against Employees?

Performance reviews are a regular part of almost every job in existence, with employees evaluated based on their ability to adequately perform their job duties. In theory, these are innocuous, a sensible part of ensuring employees are on task and doing their jobs. In reality, however, performance reviews can be used as a tool to deprive employees of their pay and benefits, and to conceal potentially illegal labor practices. Continue reading “How Do Employers Use Performance Reviews Against Employees?”

Activision Blizzard Sued Over Allegations of Widespread Discrimination

The California State Attorney General has sued Activision Blizzard, a major game publisher, for sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees. The company is accused of having a “pervasive ‘frat boy’ culture” in which women were consistently subjected to derogatory comments and offensive humor, and where men were regularly promoted over their female peers. The company initially denied the allegations, but has since moderated its stance due to a public backlash. Continue reading “Activision Blizzard Sued Over Allegations of Widespread Discrimination”

NY Pharma Company Pays $220K to Settle Discrimination Charges

LNK International, Inc., a pharmaceutical manufacturer located in New York, has agreed to pay $220,000 to settle charges of discrimination in its employment practices. The charges, issued by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), indicate that the company was engaged in practices that discriminated against lawful permanent residents and other legal immigrants. The settlement shows what kind of hardship immigrants can face when seeking employment, even when they are in the United States legally. Continue reading “NY Pharma Company Pays $220K to Settle Discrimination Charges”

Uber Sued For Discrimination in Background Checks

Uber Technologies, Inc., the company behind popular ride-sharing service Uber, has been sued in the Southern District of New York for allegedly violating anti-discrimination laws via its use of background checks. The class action suit alleges that Uber illegally discriminated against drivers with criminal histories and bad credit. As a result, numerous drivers were deprived of the ability to drive for Uber without warning and without a rationale given. Continue reading “Uber Sued For Discrimination in Background Checks”

What is Retaliation in Discrimination Law?

Anti-discrimination laws, like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act, prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees due to reasons such as race, gender, color, creed, national origin, and disability status. What many people do not know, however, is that these protections also extend to people who are retaliated against for reporting discrimination. But what is retaliation in the context of discrimination law, and why is it protected against? Continue reading “What is Retaliation in Discrimination Law?”

Who is Protected by Anti-Discrimination Law?

Anti-discrimination laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) exist to help protect against various forms of discrimination, including employment discrimination. But who, exactly, is protected by anti-discrimination laws, and how do you take advantage of these laws if you have been discriminated against? Continue reading “Who is Protected by Anti-Discrimination Law?”

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