Articles about Employment Law

Sexual Harrassment

#MeToo movement finds an unlikely champion in Wall Street with the new ‘Weinstein clause’

If you were worried that the #MeToo movement might fade away, fear not. It has been carved into one of the most immovable objects in human history.

News

Guy fired for being rude claims he’s not impolite, just French

A French waiter in Canada experienced the limits of workplace incivility when he was fired for allegedly acting aggressive, rude and combative to his coworkers. And now he's suing his former employer for violating his human rights, arguing that he was not rude — he's just French.

career change

3 things you should never do after you leave a job

When you leave a job, your responsibility as a reliable employee doesn’t completely end on your last day with that organization.

News

Labor board rules ex-Google employee’s firing over ‘gender stereotypes’ was legal

A federal government agency has concluded that Google did not break labor laws for firing James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote a controversial memo about his company's diversity initiatives.

Advice

Side hustle wisdom: What works and what to watch out for

Over the past few years, we’ve been hearing everyone from moonlighting CEOs to short order cooks refer to their bonus gigs as side hustles. So, what exactly are they?

News

A missing comma resulted in a group of dairy drivers getting $5 million

Unclear grammar can literally cost your company millions of dollars. Just ask Oakhurst Dairy. According to court documents, the Maine-based dairy company said it was settling its comma dispute with its drivers for $5 million.

Salary

Study: This is how much non-compete clauses hurts employees

Noncompete clauses, or agreements to delay working for a competing company, can follow us long after we've left a job, limiting our options to find work in our cities and reducing our salaries for years.

The Future of Work

These were the craziest workplace surveillance stories of 2017

New advances in technology are making it easier than ever for our employers to track our movements, whereabouts, and employability. These were the craziest stories of 2017.

News

Ex-Google engineer James Damore files class-action suit alleging discrimination against white conservative men

Former Google engineer James Damore filed a class-action lawsuit against Google for discrimination on account of alleged 'perceived conservative political views,' 'their male gender,' or 'their Caucasian race.'

News

In Iceland, it’s now illegal for men to be paid more than women

Iceland has now made it illegal for men to be paid more than women, reportedly becoming the first country in the world to make public and private employers prove they offer equal pay to men and women for equal work.

Office Life

Shannon Fisher on workplace sexual harassment: When in doubt, don’t

With the recent societal focus on workplace sexual harassment in America, many people are asking what the line is between friendly workplace banter and behavior that could be perceived as anywhere from overly flirtatious to downright predatory. Put simply: When in doubt, don't.

News

Poll: Americans have very different definitions of sexual harassment at work

Americans hold startling differences of opinion about what exactly constitutes sexual harassment across gender, race, and generational lines.

Age Discrimination

Report: Major companies excluding older workers from job ads on Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn

If you're above a certain age, you may not be seeing job ads from dozens of the nation's top employers — including Amazon, Verizon, UPS, and Facebook.

News

Survey: 4 in 10 American women say they’ve experienced gender discrimination in the office

42% of working women and 22% of working men say they’ve gone through gender discrimination where they work.

News

SURVEY: More office holiday parties are scaling back on drinking in post-Weinstein world

As the season of office holiday parties comes upon us, more people are critically examining the role that alcohol plays in toxic workplaces.

News

Anti-harassment training doesn’t work — but this does

Anti-harassment training doesn't work. The most effective solution to ending sexual harassment at work is hiring more women into positions of power.

Advice

This is how to fight ageism in the workplace

There are ways each of us can work to be more inclusive to older co-workers, and less ageist. Here are reminders to prevent unknowingly alienating people.

News

New York City institutes paid ‘safe leave’ for domestic violence

A paid 'safe leave' bill has been signed into law in New York City to offer financial support and workplace protection to domestic violence survivors.

News

Three states move to block agreements concealing harassment at work

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, legislators in New York, New Jersey and California are working to block NDAs concealing harassment at work.

Gender at Work

Study: Women are doing same work as men with different outcomes

Researchers initially hypothesized that women were to blame for not getting promoted. They were wrong.

Advice

Sheryl Sandberg’s best, saddest advice for women who want raises

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg highlighted the approach she thinks women should take when asking for a raise at a recent forum.

News

Tech workers worry about age discrimination at age 40: Study

Forty-three percent of U.S. tech workers fear losing their position because of age discrimination, with 18% concerned about this “all the time.”

News

Many more Americans now believe sexual harassment at work is a serious problem

Sixty-four percent of Americans now consider sexual harassment of women at work "a serious problem" in the U.S., ticking up from 47% back in 2011.

News

6 ways companies can help all employees thrive by shrinking the gender gap

Despite a steady drumbeat of calls to instill workplace equity between the sexes, women still lag far behind men at companies across the nation.

News

The Supreme Court case that could prevent 25 million workers from suing their employers

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on three consolidated cases deciding your rights to sue your employer in court.