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Wage theft is rampant according to new report

There are so many ways for your employer to steal wages from you. All of these forms of wage theft may not necessarily be deliberate attempts by the employer to steal your money, but they are all reckless and unacceptable. Your employer could fail to pay you overtime wages. An oversight could lead to your paycheck missing some of the money that you are owed. You could be forced to work off-the-clock hours, or you could be misclassified as an employee, resulting in lost wages for an employee.

California pregnancy discrimination incident leads to lawsuit

California has been a crucial state when it comes to pushing for better protections for pregnant women in the workplace. Too often in this country, pregnant women are maligned, fired and inappropriately taken care of in many other ways by their employers. They are put in a no-win situation when it should be one of the happiest times of their life.

Discrimination, retaliation and intimidation alleged at CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been accused of retaliation and workplace discrimination by an employee, and the accusations reveal a workplace that is fractured and hostile. According to the employee, who is a lawyer in the CFPB's enforcement division, there are many people at the Bureau who don't want to speak out against their employer, even though they may have something legitimate to complain about.

Arbitration, Do You "Like" It

Can you lose your right to a jury trial by eating food?  General Mills, one of the world's largest food companies, thinks so.  It adopted policies that customers who buy its products, join its online communities like Facebook or download coupons give up their constitutional rights to a jury trial.  Instead these its policy requires arbitration of legal disputes.

LA police officers accused of sexual harassment

Los Angeles is the location of a very serious sexual harassment filed by a female police officer who was assigned to the East Los Angeles Sheriff's station. She claims that there is some sort of "sex club" where some of the female officers at the station would perform sexual acts for the male officers. She said she was shown photos that showed these sexual acts, and the she was encouraged to drink and party so that she could be "one of the girls."

Equal Pay is the Law -- Even at the White House

Equal pay advocates like Obama.  The Obama administration has always supported legislation prohibiting gender bias in compensation.  For example, the administration supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 which extended the statute of limitations for Unequal Pay cases, and now they support the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation intended to remedy unequal compensation between men and women.  But now it seems that White might have its own unequal pay situation -- the female median White House salary is $9,000 less per year than thair male counterparts

Office politics play role in wrongful termination case

A deputy sheriff sued his former department after he was fired, and the lawsuit earned him a $300,000 settlement. The case stemmed from an incident back in 2012, when the deputy sheriff opposed the re-election of the county sheriff. He used Facebook to campaign against the sheriff's re-election -- but when the sheriff found out about the deputy's actions, he tried to fire him.

Insight on the new overtime pay regulations

In a recent speech, Labor Sec. Tom Perez elaborated on how the Obama administration seeks to revise the overtime pay regulations, according to Reuters. The Department of Labor issues interpretive regulations on the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").  The Courts weight these regulations heavily when interpreting the FLSA. 

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