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California Says No More Secret Settlements for Sexual Harassment Claims

California has banned secret settlements for claims of sexual harassment against employers. The change in the law comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement. California, the home to Hollywood and the entertainment industry where much of the headliner harassment claims have come from, is now the leading state in reforming sexual harassment laws. Under Read More

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Teenage Employee Files Sexual Harassment Claim

A teenage employee has sued her employer alleging sexual harassment, alleging that the managers allowed the sexual harassment by customers to occur because it was “good for business.” The employee worked at Jamba Juice in Palm Desert, California. She alleges her managers were aware of the harassment and even encouraged it by scheduling her for Read More

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Las Vegas Casinos Divided on Sexual Harassment Reform

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Nevada Gaming Control Board is considering policy changes. The #MeToo movement revealed misconduct accusations against Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn. The proposed policy changes would require casinos to keep written sexual harassment prevention policies with reporting and investigation components and to report the number of harassment Read More

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Red Flags of Age Discrimination

For workers over the age of 40, searching for a new job can be daunting, especially as technology evolves and new concepts are developed. Age discrimination is a real problem in the United States. And for an older worker seeking a new job, some questions asked in the interview can be a red flag. For Read More

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Hotel Chains Make Effort to Remedy Sexual Harassment

Major hoteliers in the hotel industry have made a pledge to improve industry standards when it comes to workplace sexual harassment and assault. Hoteliers such as Hilton, Hyatt, IHG (which includes Holiday Inn and Intercontinental, among others), Marriott, and Wyndham have signed on to the partnership. The co-founder of the “Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund,” Read More

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EEOC Pursues Religious Discrimination Claim against Walmart

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has filed a lawsuit against Walmart alleging religious discrimination for failure to accommodate an employee’s religious scheduling requirements. The employee is a Seventh-Day Adventist who requested to not work between sundown on Friday and sundown Saturday. This is not the first time the EEOC has sued Walmart for religious Read More

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JP Morgan Settles Class Action Race Discrimination Allegations

Current and former employees of JP Morgan filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against the bank. In response, JP Morgan has agreed to a $19.5 million settlement with the class members. Another $4.5 million will be put into a fund supporting recruitment, bias training, review of assignments, and coaching program for black advisers.  The Read More

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EEOC Files Sexual Harassment Claim against Sports Bar Chain

The EEOC has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court alleging that managers at an Albuquerque sports bar have sexually harassed female employees. The sports bar, Ojas Locos Sports Cantina, is a Texas-based chain. The EEOC’s allegations cite sexual harassment by both managers and co-workers and alleges that since 2014 the women had received Read More

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New Survey Shows Gender & Seniority Are Big Factors in Workplace Harassment

A survey of 500 U.S. adults (250 men, 250 women) revealed that 35% of employees in the United States believe they have been harassed at work, and half of them believe this was based on their gender. The study, released by Hiscox, also found that 78% of those who were harassed said they were harassed Read More

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Power and Sexual Harassment

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, understanding why sexual harassment occurs so frequently in the workplace has become a topic of interest among many. Ultimately, most sexual harassment comes down to power. Men tend to have the highest-paying jobs in the workplace, even in jobs that predominantly employ women. The power imbalance between men Read More

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