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March 2016 Archives

Pay Discrimination Follows Women Wherever They Go

One of the excuses used by many to ignore the problem of the wage gap between male and female workers was that the fields "preferred" by women simply paid less. If men chose to be doctors and women chose to be nurses, it was natural that men would be paid more. This was and is utter nonsense, of course. That viewpoint ignores the sexist double standards and barriers to entry that kept women out of these traditionally male occupations. It also obscures the simple reality that when men and women do the same work, in the same field, women still get paid less. New research is helping to accurately portray the ways in which women are discriminated against in employment.

Employee Rights Violated By Social Media Policy

Many employers believe they have unfettered rights to control their employees when it comes to social media. A Twitter or Facebook post that criticizes an employer can draw swift retribution. While employees are not able to say anything they like without consequences, there are protected topics. A social media policy that does not account for activities protected by federal law is not enforceable. An administrative judge recently ruled that the social media policy used by Chipotle was not allowed under federal law. The ruling followed several memoranda released by the National Labor Relations Board instructing employers how to avoid running afoul of the law in promoting a social media policy.

More Pedestrians Killed In 2015

Since 2005, fatal accidents involving pedestrians have been on the rise. While motor vehicle deaths were declining, people on foot were not so lucky. According to preliminary numbers for 2015, the trend continued. A recent report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association claims that pedestrian deaths in 2015 rose by 10 percent over the figures from 2014. While the numbers are still preliminary, it appears that pedestrian deaths will make up a greater percentage of traffic deaths than they have in a quarter century.

Harassment, Racism And Wage Violations At Restaurants

Minimum wage laws have mandated a certain level of remuneration for decades. Unfortunately, from the earliest incarnations of those laws, workers were entitled to a minimum gained through wages or through tips. The result is that in tipped occupations, employers are allowed to pay less, often substantially less, than in other fields. Restaurant workers in tipped positions feel the brunt of this in several ways. Some people believe that it is past time to end the tipping exception and maintain one minimum wage for all employees. Several states have already enacted laws to do this.

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