How the billable hour hurts women
We are frequently asked how long an employer should retain employment records. Employers need to keep them as long as they are required, but obviously don’t want to retain and store any records longer than they have to....more
Six Impediments, Underlying Issues, Recommendations Identified by Work Group -
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a comprehensive report addressing major obstacles...more
On November 4, 2013, in Akerson v. Pritzker, No. 12-10240-PBS, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts rejected the race discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims brought by a former employee of the U.S....more
I. Introduction -
When the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) became law in 1963, women earned approximately 59 cents for every dollar a man earned. Women today are earning roughly 80 cents on the dollar. While the past 50 years...more
In its recent decision in Scott v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc., No. 12-1610 (4th Cir. Oct. 16, 2013), the Fourth Circuit ruled that the district court abused its discretion by refusing to allow plaintiffs asserting claims of...more
On August 29, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law two pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on employers. A-2878, the "Facebook bill," prohibits employers from requiring or requesting...more
Female Liquor Store Clerks Were Paid Less than Male Coworkers, Federal Agency Charged -
BALTIMORE - Worcester County, Md., will pay $60,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve a pay discrimination...more
Who, What, Why . . .
Who does it apply to: Virtually all employers with employees of the opposite sex are subject to the Equal Pay Act (EPA).
What is the rule: Employers cannot pay one sex higher wages than the other for...more
In the last few weeks, there have been encouraging developments, from judge and jury alike, for employers fending off claims by disgruntled workers.
New York jury finds in favor of employer on gender discrimination and...more
Restaurant Chain Paid Female Managers and Cashiers Less Than Males, Federal Agency Says -
PHILADELPHIA -- Market Burgers, L.L.C., doing business as Checkers, a fast food restaurant chain, violated federal law by paying...more
In some jurisdictions, such as Michigan, an employer may be able to shorten the statute of limitations for an employee to file an employment discrimination lawsuit....more
After suffering defeat in the United States Supreme Court, Plaintiffs in Dukes et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. returned to court in California in an attempt to certify a newly defined and smaller class of 150,000 current and...more
In the latest chapter in what is now a twelve-year legal battle, plaintiffs seeking to bring gender-based disparate treatment and disparate impact claims against Wal-Mart with regard to the retail giant’s pay and promotion...more
Fifty years ago yesterday John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law....more
The Louisiana 2013 Regular Legislative Session closed on June 6, 2013.
1. the Louisiana employment discrimination law relative to veterans (La. R.S. 23:331);
2. the Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act (La. R.S. 23:661...more
The ruling provides guidance as to what employee conduct is protected under the antiretaliation provisions of two key state laws.
On July 17, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a decision in Battaglia v. United...more
Hotel Paid Women Less Than Male Employees, Federal Agency Charges -
BALTIMORE - A leading hotel chain, Extended Stay Hotels, unlawfully paid female employees lower wages than those paid to male employees for performing...more
Female workers have sued Wal-Mart in a number of cases around the country, following the Supreme Court ruling in 2011 rejecting a nationwide class action. These new regional cases often make the same allegations of...more
In the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013-2016, the Commission has prioritized and committed to enhanced enforcement of equal pay laws to eliminate compensation systems and practices that discriminate based on gender....more
The Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying a female employee less than a male employee for work that requires substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility, and that is performed under similar working conditions...more
Despite 50 Years of Progress, Wage Gap Between Men and Women Still Exists, Gender-based Pay Discrimination an Enforcement Priority for EEOC -
WASHINGTON - In the 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the...more
Vermont recently enacted a law amending the Vermont Fair Employment Practice Law and expanding existing equal pay and discrimination laws to provide greater protection to employees. +2013 Bill Text VT S.B. 57....more
Nicole Auerbach, partner at Valorem Law Group, discusses the pay disparity between women and men equity partners in law firms. Although women make up more than half of law school graduates (since the early 1990's) the...more
WASHINGTON - Tuesday, April 9, 2013 is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks the end of the extra period of time that the average woman in the U.S. must work in order to earn what the average man earned during the previous year....more
EEOC General Counsel, P. David Lopez, spoke at this year’s Florida Bar Advanced Labor Topics Seminar, and offered insights into the issues of interest to the EEOC’s attorneys. The areas of interest were broken down into 4...more