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Do Unpaid Internships Benefit the Intern?

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Oct 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

40 people in a room doing entry-level jobs for free According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, internships at for-profit companies can be unpaid if the internship is “for the benefit of the intern” and “similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.” But some rece...

“Wage and Hour” Lawsuits

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Oct 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Wage and Hour” Lawsuits According to a recent analysis of data by the Federal Judicial Center, “wage and hour” lawsuits in which workers are taking their employers to court over unfair pay have skyrocketed 432 percent in the past twenty years. The research (conducted by the law firm Sayfarth and...

Fired employee had led fellow workers in a walk out

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Oct 03, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fired employee had led fellow workers in a walk out Carlos Hernandez, a 21-year-old community college student was fired from his job at a Subway sandwich shop franchise because, according to the owner of the franchise, Hasan Zeer, he gave a 66-cent cookie to a child for free. Hernandez suspects h...

Pizza chain Manny & Olga's accused of wage theft

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Oct 02, 2013 | 0 Comments

Claims of illegally low pay Jose Luis Ormeno, a former kitchen worker at pizza chain Manny & Olga's has filed a lawsuit that accuses his employer of wage theft. Ormeno is claiming long hours and illegally low pay while working at the late-night takeout chain. The suit, filed in federal court, all...

Production manager fired for hiring recommendation

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Production manager fired for hiring recommendation According to a federal lawsuit, Myrna Peltonen, a production manager lost her job at Izza Bending Tube & Wire, a small industrial company for defending her recommendation that a temporary black worker be permanently hired after logging 500 hours ...

Union to Implement Safety Training Program

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Seven people killed in rigging collapse A settlement has been reached for a stagehands union that was fined $11,500 when seven people were killed during a Sugarland performance at the Indiana State Fair when the stage rigging collapsed onto the crowd on August 23, 2011. In compliance with the agr...

Major Retailer Loses in a Civil Rights Lawsuit

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Former employee claimed she was fired for wearing a hijab Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) has lost a civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of a former employee who said she was fired for wearing a head scarf, also known as a hijab. In late 2009, Umme-Hani Khan, then 19, started working at a Bay Area Hol...

Another form of wages

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Another form of wages In California, vacation pay is considered to be another form of wages. Because they are considered wages, they cannot be taken away from an employee by any “use it or lose it” policy. However, California does not require that an employer provide its employees with either pai...

Women's Track Coach Alleges Discrimination

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Suspended for a Prior Relationship Former Texas women's track and field coach Bev Kearney, who alleged discrimination based on gender, race and retaliation in an official charge last spring, has not yet filed a lawsuit against the university but likely will within the next month. Coach Kearney wo...

Workers Were Not Paid Pevailing Wages

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Workers Were Not Paid Pevailing Wages 2,051 construction workers, who were employed by Hensel Phelps Construction Company and 172 subcontractors, will now finally receive the wages they are owed for working on the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel from 2006 to 2008. California Labor Comm...

Overtime Wages: Personal Assistant To A Pop Star

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Available throughout each hour of the day A onetime roommate and friend of Lady Gaga (listed in the litigation under her birth name – Stefani Germanotta) is claiming that she was cheated out of her overtime wages after serving as the pop star's personal assistant for more than a year. The judge, ...

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Health professionals and public health officials promote breastfeeding to improve infant health. Breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Breastfed children have fewer ear, respiratory and urinary tract infections and have diarrhea less often. Breastfeeding ...

Facebook Post Leads to Workplace Suspension

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to multiple reports Tori Christina Jenkins, a black waitress at a Red Lobster in Franklin, Tenn., was allegedly left a racist message via a receipt after serving two customers. Rather than leaving a gratuity the customer apparently wrote, “None n**ger” in the tip section. Jenkins posted...

San Francisco Giants Pay Thousands in Back Wages

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have paid nearly $545,000 in back wages and damages to 74 clubhouse and administrative employees for violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws after the Department of Labor investigated the ...

Wrongfully Terminated Driver Reinstated by the NLRB

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

Still waiting for his back pay A year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered Latino Express to reinstate driver Pedro Salgado with back pay and benefits after he was fired for trying to organize drivers at the Chicago-based bus company. Salgado, who was unemployed for about a year...

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