August 2019 Archives

How to reduce instances of harassment at bars

Bars in Tennessee and throughout the country tend to have reputations where harassment and other forms of poor behavior are tolerated. According to one survey, 71% of woman have experienced harassment in any type of public venue. While it is easy to use alcohol as an excuse for a person's poor decisions at a bar, it isn't solely to blame.

Video game developer settles workplace discrimination lawsuit

Employers in Tennessee and around the country often face a public backlash as well as possible legal sanctions following allegations of workplace discrimination or harassment. The California-based video game developer Riot Games appears to have taken steps to mitigate such a backlash by settling a class-action lawsuit filed by several of its female workers. The lawsuit, which was filed in November 2018, accused the company of nurturing a misogynistic work environment and violating the California Equal Pay Act.

Switching employees from hourly to salary

Some employees in Tennessee may be concerned that their employers will convert them from hourly to salary to avoid paying overtime. In most cases, it's not legal for an employer to do this. That's because most people are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which mandates that employers pay overtime for every hour after 40 hours in a week. There are some exceptions to the rule.

Ageism study yields surprising results

Media outlets in Tennessee and around the country often portray age discrimination in the workplace as an issue primarily affecting women, but a study published recently by a leading career website suggests that men are just as likely to face the problem. Fairygodboss polled 1,000 workers over the age of 40 about their workplace experiences, and more men than women told them that they had been rejected for a position they applied for because of their age.

Tinder denies wrongdoing in sexual harassment case

Allegations of sexual harassment or discrimination can be extremely damaging to employers in Tennessee and around the country. This is especially true when they are accused of either covering up misconduct or offering their workers pay raises or promotions to remain silent. This is what the company behind the dating application Tinder is accused of doing in a lawsuit filed recently by a former executive.

TSA criticized over offensive workplace display

Employers in Tennessee and around the country may face harsh criticism from media outlets, advocacy groups and the public when they do not take firm steps to address racial discrimination and harassment. This is the situation the Transportation Security Administration finds itself in following a recent incident at Miami International Airport. Two officers were placed on administrative leave after an offensive display, which was described as a noose by the local media, was discovered in a screening area. However, it is the agency's initial response to the incident that has drawn the most criticism.

Study examines harassment in the workplace

A study conducted by specialist insurer Hiscox indicated that 35% percent of employees believe they have experienced harassment in the workplace. Of the people in that group, 50% said the harassment was due to their sex or gender. The study including surveys of 500 full-time employees in Tennessee and across the country and was conducted from June 6 to June 11, 2018. Study participants were found with an invitation over email followed by a survey they completed online.

Google agrees to settle class action age discrimination lawsuit

Allegations of workplace discrimination or harassment can be extremely damaging, and employers in Tennessee and around the country often choose to settle these matters quickly and discretely to avoid protracted, costly and embarrassing litigation. According to media reports, Google has chosen to take this approach by agreeing to pay $11 million to settle a class action case. The lawsuit was filed by 227 people who say the California-based search giant discriminates against older employees and job seekers.

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