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African-American women face significant pay gap

Some African-American women in Tennessee may have experienced even greater disparities in pay than all women do as a group compared to men. In order to make the same amount of money that the average white, non-Hispanic man makes in 12 months, a black woman must work for 19 months. Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which fell on July 31, is an effort to raise awareness about this pay gap.

The growing age discrimination class-action against Google

Tennessee residents may be interested in the latest information about the class-action lawsuit against Google that accuses the company of age discrimination. The case now involves 269 people who claim they were the target of such behavior.

LGBT community loses the support of Justice Department

The LGBT community may no longer have the support of the executive branch of the federal government. A recent action by the Justice Department may have far reaching effects throughout the country as well as in Williamson County, Tennessee.

Extreme incident of discrimination can create hostile workplaces

Tennessee workers who face discrimination and harassment at work are likely aware of how much of an impact these incidents can have on workers' productivity, mental health and comfort in the workplace. While it can sometimes take a pattern of harassment or discrimination for a claim to potentially be successful in court, a federal appeals court ruled that, in extreme cases, an isolated discriminatory act could be enough to create a hostile work environment.

Back pay awards in employment discrimination cases

Tennessee employees who pursue workplace discrimination lawsuits under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act may be awarded damages for back pay if they prevail. Courts award back pay to compensate workers for income that they would and should have received if they had not been discriminated against, and these awards may include unpaid bonuses, vacation pay, pension benefits and health care costs as well as salary. Back pay awards are generally made by federal judges because they are considered a form of equitable relief. Legal relief awards, such as punitive and compensatory damages, are usually determined by juries.

The impact of wage discrimination

Almost any Tennessee employee can be a victim of wage discrimination. Women, men and older workers all face problems when it comes to equal pay, and workers with disabilities also have problems when it comes to being paid the same as others. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 15 percent of wage discrimination claims were filed by men over the past four fiscal years.

Executives may be covered by federal employment law

Companies in Tennessee and around the country with 15 or more workers must abide by the requirements of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. However, there has been legal confusion regarding whether senior executives should be classed as employers or workers. While workers are protected by Title VII of the landmark federal law, employers are not. The issue was addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2003 case involving a claim made under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The test the justices used to decide the matter is now generally followed by courts when deciding federal workplace discrimination cases.

Panda Express settles employment discrimination lawsuit

Tennessee Chinese food enthusiasts might have heard that Panda Express settled for $600,000 in a lawsuit involving discrimination against non-citizen employees. The fast-food restaurant chain will pay out $200,000 to employees who lost pay because they were unfairly required twice to provide documentation of their legal status to work in the United States. The company will also pay $400,000 in fines.

Age discrimination in the workplace claims still prevalent

Tennessee residents may be interested to learn that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was passed by the U.S. Congress 50 years ago. It has been amended throughout the decades, providing protection against age discrimination in the workforce for people who are at or over the age of 40.

The role of constructive discharge in employment law cases

A Tennessee employee who files a workplace discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 generally has to stay on the job to mitigate the damages. However, this may not be the case if working conditions are so unbearable that a reasonable person would have no choice but to quit. Those who resign because of unbearable conditions are said to have gone through a constructive discharge.

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