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June 2011 Archives

Some unpaid summer internships may violate wage laws: Part II

The current minimum wage in Florida is $7.31 per hour. Even if you are a student working in an unpaid internship, you may actually be entitled to receive this wage. This is because many unpaid summer internships are (knowingly or unknowingly) in violation of wage and hour laws.

Some unpaid summer internships may violate wage laws: Part I

Now that school is out for the summer, many students at Florida's various universities will be participating in unpaid summer internships. Some high school students may even pursue these internships as they can provide valuable experience and contacts.

Wal-Mart gender bias lawsuit rejected by Supreme Court: Part II

Earlier this week, we wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart cannot proceed. The lawsuit alleged systematic gender discrimination and was filed on behalf of over 1.5 million female employees.

Wal-Mart gender bias lawsuit rejected by Supreme Court: Part I

Many of our posts lately have focused on employee-related lawsuits against Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer. As a giant corporation, Wal-Mart faces many lawsuits every year. One in particular, however, has been carefully watched and followed by legal experts nationwide.

Wal-Mart loses appeal from wage-and-hour violations lawsuit

In the past few months, we have written about several lawsuits against Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer which employs over 93,000 workers in Florida alone. Most of these recent lawsuits have involved allegations of either discrimination or harassment.

Former employee sues Gucci for harassment & wrongful termination

The fashion Giant Gucci America Inc. has been sued by a former employee who says she suffered racial harassment and sexual harassment from a supervisor. She claims her supervisor also exhibited these attitudes toward famous clients that he did not know, including pop singer Rihanna.

Protecting workers from violence and employers from liability

One of the biggest stories in recent news has been the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund. Strauss-Kahn was arrested after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a maid in the hotel where he was staying.

Lawsuit alleges gender bias against female Bayer employees in US

It seems that there is no shortage of workplace discrimination lawsuits in the news lately. Unfortunately, many of these lawsuits involve national or even global corporations and employees who allege widespread gender discrimination.

DEA gender discrimination lawsuit won after 20 years: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about an important lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which was finally won after 20 years. Special Agent Ann Garcia filed a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against the agency alleging that men were routinely favored for coveted foreign work assignments.

DEA gender discrimination lawsuit won after 20 years: Part I

We recently wrote about the US Labor Department's renewed public commitment to become a model workplace for GLBT relations. Announcements like this are important because governmental organizations should set the behavioral standards for private workplaces to follow.

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