August 2017 Archives

Ford agrees to settle harassment and discrimination case

Tennessee motorists who own Ford vehicles may be interested to learn that the car manufacturer agreed to a $10.1 million settlement after a group of workers at two plants were reportedly subjected to sexual and racial harassment. The two plants are located in the Chicago area.

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.

Tipped workers and the the 80/20 rule

The provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act require most employers in Tennessee and across the country to pay their workers at a rate no less than the federal minimum wage. Workers who claim that their employers have violated these requirements are often able to support their allegations by providing documents like pay stubs and time sheets that may be difficult to refute, but these cases can be far more challenging when the workers involved are employed by a restaurant and are compensated partly in tips.

Is the driver next to you texting? Do this…

It seems like every day there is a new story of some horrific traffic accident caused by a distracted driver. While many states have taken steps to ban cellphone use for people operating a vehicle, drivers still make the choice to talk, text or even update their Facebook statuses while behind the wheel. Recent studies have shown that people that try to text and drive are 23 times more likely to either cause a car accident or be involved in one.

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