April 2017 Archives

Workplace discrimination and cancer victims

Tennessee employees who have had cancer may be interested to learn that according to a study, despite a 2009 amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act, people who have had cancer are still facing discrimination in the workplace at the same rate as before the amendment. In 1990, the ADA was passed to offer protection to disabled employees. However, employees whose cancer was in remission were not protected. Therefore, if they faced discrimination based on their history of cancer, there was no recourse for them under the ADA. The 2009 amendment changed that.

6 factors that can lead to a semitruck crash

The victims of a semi-truck crash might opt to seek compensation for the damages from the crash. These damages can often involve considerable expenses for the victims. One important factor in these cases is the cause of the crash. Here are six possibilities to consider if you are working to determine the cause of the crash that led to your injuries.

Title VII protects against sexual orientation discrimination

Tennessee employees who identify as part of the LGBT community may be interested to learn that, on April 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that employers cannot discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation. This significant decision means that the court considers sexual orientation discrimination to be illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 even though sexual orientation is not specifically mentioned in that statute.

Employee deductions result in FLSA violations

Tennessee employees may be interested to learn that The Walt Disney Company has settled with the U.S. Department of Labor after it was accused of taking improper deductions from employees' paychecks for company uniforms. The company ultimately agreed to settle for about $3.8 million which will go towards paying back wages owed to more than 16,000 employees.

How companies may avoid sexual harassment lawsuits

Some Tennessee employees who are sexually harassed at work might first try to resolve the issue internally according to procedures set forth in the company manual. Unfortunately, some companies are more concerned with protecting themselves than their employees. In some high-profile sexual harassment cases, such as a class action suit against Sterling Jewelers, employees said that the resources that were supposed to help protect them could instead be used to hurt their careers.

THINX CEO faces sexual harassment allegations

Many Tennessee women may be familiar with the company THINX, which has set out to revolutionize the industry of feminine hygiene products. However, they may not be familiar with recent allegations against the company's founder and former CEO, who is alleged to have created a hostile work environment through sexual harassment.

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