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  • Fat Discrimination at Work Just as Bad as Ever, Especially for Women
    More than two-thirds of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, according to the CDC, but prevalence doesn't mean acceptance. The professional world in particular discriminates against overweight workers, especially if those workers are female. A new study from Vanderbilt University found that overweight women were less likely to work in public-facing jobs, and suffered a severe wage penalty for weighing more than "normal" weight (as determined by the BMI, itself a controversial measuring stick).
  • 3 Things You May Not Know About FMLA
    The FMLA is the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. It is the main federal law that employees in the United States rely on when they need an extended period of time off from their jobs for maternity leave, or extended sick leave, or in order to care for an ill family member. Even though most workers will either need this sort of leave at some point during their careers or will know someone who does, there are some things that most people just don't know about this law. Here are just a few facts that you may not have known:
  • 3 Things That Got Better for LGBT Workers Since Tim Cook Joined Apple in 1998
    Today, in an op-ed in BloombergBusinessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially came out: "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."
  • What to Do When You Are Being Investigated at Work
    Your manager wants to meet with you and has set up a time with your local HR contact. There’s been a complaint against you about some action or behavior that violates company policies. Whether or not you're guilty, your employer is required to conduct an investigation, and you may or may not have anybody on your side. This is surely a bad situation to be in, but knowing what to expect and how to handle your case could help.
  • Know Your Rights as a Pregnant Employee
    The laws protecting pregnant women at work are getting stronger, but some workers are still being discriminated against. Know your rights so you can stand up for yourself before you are taken advantage of or subjected to illegal treatment.
  • 3 Things You Didn't Know About Overtime
    On its face, overtime seems like it’s a fairly simple subject. In most jobs, if you work more than 40 hours in a given work week, you get paid at least time and a half for all of the hours worked over the basic 40-hour work week. But in this era of what appears to be rampant wage theft, there is a little bit more to the story than that. Here are three things you may not have known about overtime pay and your right to it.
  • EEOC Sues 2 Companies for Alleged Discrimination Against Transgender Employees
    Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been suing employers who discriminate based on sex. Now, more than 50 years after the act's passage, the EEOC has finally filed two lawsuits claiming sex discrimination where employers have allegedly discriminated against employees for being transgender. Companies should never discriminate against transgender employees. But now, it is also likely illegal.
  • Waitresses Are the Most Sexually Harassed Occupation
    The restaurant industry has a unique business model. Rather than business owners budgeting to pay employees, restaurant owners depend upon customers "voluntarily" giving waitresses and waiters tips in return for "good service." That pay structure can lead to a dangerously imbalanced power dynamic between customer and waiter. No wonder, then, that a recent report from Restaurant Opportunities Center United found that two-thirds of female employees in the food service industry have been sexually harassed. In fact, 37 percent of Employment Opportunity Commission harassment claims come from women in the restaurant business.
  • Are Forced Wellness Incentive Participation Programs Illegal?
    While some people are now obtaining health insurance through other means under the Affordable Care Act, most Americans still get their coverage through their employer. As the cost of health insurance premiums continues to rise, more insurers and employers are beginning to offer wellness incentive programs. The general idea is that if you participate in a wellness program, you pay a lower premium. The program is supposed to increase your wellness, decreasing the cost of your medical expenses and thus the cost of your insurance. But now the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on some wellness programs that have gone from being voluntary to involuntary.
  • 3 Lessons for Employees From the Ray Rice Case
    You almost surely have heard of the Ray Rice scandal. In a nutshell, for those who have not followed the story, Ray Rice was a player for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Earlier this year, he was criminally charged for a domestic violence incident involving his then fiancé (now wife) in an elevator. The NFL suspended him for two days. Now, months later, a copy of the surveillance video from the elevator was released. After the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice and the NFL has suspended him indefinitely.
  • Costco Allegedly Tells Female Employer to Be Friendly to Her Stalker
    Costco, one of the nation's leading retail warehouse chains, stands accused of sex discrimination. The Glenview Announcements reports that a lawsuit filed in Chicago this week accuses Costco of creating a sexually hostile work environment.
  • A Brief History of Women's Fight for Equal Pay
    As long ago as 1776, Abigail Adams implored her husband to "remember the ladies" while drafting the Constitution. John Adams was not easily swayed, asserting that men "know better than to repeal our masculine systems." Women have been fighting for the right to be treated as equals ever since, including the right to be paid the same as men for similar work. The following is a brief history of attempts to ensure equal pay for women in modern times.
  • 15 Things Working Moms Who Breastfeed Have to Think About (and 4 Tips to Make It Easier)
    Returning to work post-baby poses more problems than a newbie mother might anticipate, especially if she chooses to continue breastfeeding. Here are some tips to help pumping at work not be such a dump.
  • Food Lion Accused of Religious Discrimination
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Food Lion, a supermarket chain, stands accused of workplace discrimination based on religion. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a discrimination lawsuit against the chain claiming that it fired a Jehovah's Witness because the worker requested days off due to his religious beliefs. In the suit, the EEOC is seeking back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
  • What to Look for in an Internship (and 3 Red Flags)
    One argument in the growing debate about whether interns should be paid is that too many companies benefit from the free labor of interns. This goes against the grain of what an internship experience was originally designed to be: an important part of the intern's education. One way to address this is to examine the quality of the internship. Here is what to look for and what to avoid.
  • 3 Signs That You're Getting Fired
    Sometimes, you can just feel the tension in the air. Something is wrong, you don't know what, but it is making everybody uncomfortable. Then you get fired, and feel blindsided. Often, the signs that you were about to be let go were there all along.
  • Continuing the Sandwich Wage Theft Trend
    Red Eye, a Chicago news weekly, reports that yet another fast food submarine sandwich chain franchise has been accused of cheating its workers out of the wages to which they are entitled. This time, the center of the allegations is a Jimmy John’s franchise.
  • Are Unpaid Internships Slave Labor?
    The rising tide of lawsuits filed by unpaid interns for violations of labor laws are evidence that some businesses consider interns to be exploitable, free labor. There are reasons that interns are traditionally unpaid, but it may be time for this to change.
  • Suit Claims Subway Franchise Made up Fake Employees to Avoid Paying Overtime
    The Huffington Post reports that a man is suing a Subway franchise, alleging that rather than paying him the overtime he was due, his boss created fake employees.
  • Where Wal-Mart Is Paying More Than Twice Minimum Wage
    If you need a job making $15 to $20 per hour, would you apply at Wal-Mart? If you live in Williston, North Dakota, you just might. The very fact that a company known for underpaying its workers is offering such wages has started some interesting conversations about minimum wage.