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LATEST NEWS AND STORIES

  • Federal Judge Resigns After Investigation Reveals Sexual Harassment

    The Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit revealed the results of an investigation into U.S. District Judge Joshua M. Kindred, seated in Alaska. The Special Committee of judges appointed to conduct the investigation found Kindred created a hostile work environment for his law clerks and had an "inappropriately sexualized relationship" with one law clerk during her clerkship and after, when she became an Assistant United States Attorney.

  • Snapchat Settles California Discrimination Lawsuit For $15 Million

    The California Civil Rights Department (CRD) sued Snapchat, accusing the social media platform of discriminating against female employees, failing to prevent sexual harassment, and retaliating against women who complained. CCD investigated the company for over three years.

  • Wall Street Journal Accused Of Disability Discrimination

    Veteran reporter Stephanie Armour is suing the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for disability discrimination. Armour says the paper contrived her performance issues because she and others caused significant healthcare costs. Armour believes the self-insured WSJ doubles its savings by laying off employees with high medical care costs.

  • Biden Introduces New Heat Protections For Workers

    Much of the country experienced excessive heat during the first week of July. President Biden proposed a new rule to protect workers from these increasingly hot temperatures. If the rule becomes final, it will protect about 36 million U.S. workers, including farmworkers, delivery drivers, construction workers, landscapers, and indoor workers in warehouses, factories, and kitchens. The earliest the rule could become final is 2026.

  • Growing Number of Young Adult Workers Not Working

    CNBC reports that roughly one in 10 young adults ages 15 to 24 are "being left out and left behind in many ways" from the job market. In May, the unemployment rate for these workers went up to 9%, which is considered typical. However, labor economist Ali Bustamante told CNBC that we should expect that rate to be lower.

  • Florida’s Under-21 Ban For Strippers Challenged

    Florida's HB 7063 restricts anyone under 21 from working in an "adult entertainment establishment," including strip clubs, adult bookstores, and sex shops. Lawmakers' stated aim is to crack down on human trafficking in the area. For that reason, the law also precludes minors from working jobs that involve alcohol and requires some groups to post signs with the phone number of the Florida Human Trafficking Hotline.

  • Dell Employees Disregard Return to Office Incentives

    In February, Dell implemented a return-to-office policy that demanded employees work from the office at least 39 days per quarter, which equals about three days per week. Employees who chose to remain remote agreed that they were no longer eligible for promotion or hire for new company roles. About half of Dell's employees chose to continue working full-time from home, ignoring the return to office incentives.

  • Former Stanford Healthcare Worker Wins $10 Million Verdict

    Qiqiuia Young filed a 125-page lawsuit against Stanford Health Care (SHC) for race discrimination in 2017. The day after Young filed her lawsuit, the Stanford dean and the SHC CEO sent an email to 22,000 people implying that Young had been dishonest in her reports of racism and misconduct. In March, the jury found Stanford's email had defamed Young after she sued it for racial harassment.

  • Federal Judge Dismisses 17 State Challenge To Abortion Accommodations

    Republican attorneys general from 17 states, led by Arkansas and Tennessee, sued the EEOC over its rules implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The Act requires qualifying employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant or postpartum employees. The EEOC stated the abortion regulations align with “decades of legal precedent establishing that pregnancy anti-discrimination laws include abortion” (AP). However, the 17 states disagree with that portion of the new rules and are challenging time-off accommodations for workers to have an abortion and recover from that procedure.