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  • Chipotle Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $400,000

    Last week Chipotle agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of three former employees who alleged that they were sexually harassed by their manager and another co-worker.

  • U.S. Senate’s Informal Dress Code Loosened

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, has notified the senate sergeant-at-arms to no longer enforce the senate’s informal dress code for the Senate floor. Male senators, instead of wearing suits, can now wear more casual clothing.

  • Biden Announces 5.2% Federal Pay Increase for 2024

    In late August, President Biden formalized his plan to provide civil federal employees with an average pay increase of 5.2%. The across-the-board increase will be 4.7% with an average of 0.5% represented by locality pay - the portion of pay calculated by comparing wages for federal versus non-federal employees in similar occupation in the same geographic region.

  • Michigan State University Coach Suspended Following Sexual Harassment Allegation

    Mel Tucker, head coach of Michigan State University’s (MSU) football team, was suspended without pay after reports that he is being investigated for alleged sexual harassment.

  • Grindr Loses Almost Half of Staff After Return-to-office Mandate

    In early August, LGBTQ dating app Grindr announced that it was ending its remote work policies. The return-to-office mandate gave workers two weeks to choose between leaving the company or relocating to their team’s newly assigned “hub” cities to work in-person twice a week. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has indicated that roughly 80 of Grindr’s 178 employees, many of whom were hired to work remotely, were forced to leave the company.

  • UAW Members Go on Strike

    Last Friday approximately 13,000 of the nearly 150,000 of members of the United Autoworkers (UAW) at three assembly plants went on strike. Three US automakers – Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler) – were impacted simultaneously for the first time in history. The strikes primarily impact facilities that produce highly profitable and high popular vehicles.

  • Tonight Show Employees Allege Toxic Work Environment

    Rolling Stone published a report on the working environment on The Tonight Show. They interviewed two current and 14 former employees who described erratic behavior by the host, Jimmy Fallon. There have been nine showrunners during the nine-year run under Fallon, none of whom allegedly could say “no” to Fallon. These employees said the atmosphere is "pretty glum" and tense. Some allege Fallon and other supervisors belittled and intimidated them, with Fallon having “outbursts” and inconsistent behavior.

  • What it Looks Like at Texas A&M Following State Ban on DEI

    In June 2023, the Texas legislature passed a bill banning diversity, equity, and inclusion offices and training programs at all public colleges and universities within the state. Texas and Florida are the only states banning DEI offices in higher education institutions. Texas A&M responded to the ban quickly, launching a "system-wide ethics and compliance review" of its programs.

  • Big Law Firm Changes Diversity Fellowship After Lawsuit Filed

    Since 2012, Morrison Foerster has offered a fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion. This fellowship was open to first-year law students who belong to a "diverse population that has historically been underrepresented in the legal profession." The American Alliance for Equal Rights (AAER), run by a conservative activist, sued Morrison and Perkins Coie (another law firm), accusing them of racial discrimination.