September 2016 Archives

How to handle sexual harassment at the workplace

Discrimination or harassment in the workplace should never be tolerated which is why there are federal laws present to protect employees. The employer is obligated to provide a safe and secure workplace for his or her employees, which includes preventing sexual harassment at the workplace. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or conduct on the job that creates a hostile, unpleasant, or threatening workplace environment. It can take many forms, and both men and women can fall victim to it.

Violation of the wage and hour laws

If you are an employee who has been wrongly denied the required minimum wage and overtime pay, you may be able to recover the wages by reporting it as a violation. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay the federal minimum wage and overtime pay if an employee worked over 40 hours a week. An employer who fails to provide minimum wage and overtime pay to his employees is committing wage theft. The affected employee or a third party may file a complaint against the employer if wage theft is suspected.

Off to college and waiting tables

When you are starting off as a young adult, whether you are attending college or not, you may decide to get a job to help pay your way and allow for greater responsibility. If your job involves receiving tips, you may be surprised to realize your tips may not be in addition to a minimum wage rate of hourly pay.

A primer for the Family and Medical Leave Act

In 1993, the federal government passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with the goal of helping employees balance work life and the medical needs of their families. It provides for 12 weeks of unpaid leave for every 12 months employed and gives employees a chance to recover from surgery, care for a loved one or be there for the birth and first months of their baby's life.

Fox to pay $20 million in sexual harassment settlement

If you've been following the news lately, you've probably seen the shakeup at Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment. First, CEO Roger Ailes stepped down and now 21st Century Fox will pay out $20 million to Gretchen Carlson, a former on air anchor at the cable news outlet. Carlson came forward and claimed that she was sexually harassed at the company, particularly by Ailes. In her complaint, she accused Ailes of not renewing her contract after she refused to sleep with him and claimed that there was a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at her workplace.

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