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EEOC Targets Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy brings a host of new concerns to an expectant mother’s life — but whether she’ll be forced out of her job shouldn’t be one of them. Pregnancy discrimination has become a hot-button issue for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. If your employer thinks your pregnancy makes you a liability, it may be in trouble.

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Red Lobster Short-Changes Servers to Avoid Obamacare

Sticking it to underpaid and overworked waiters and waitresses is turning out to be business as usual for Darden Restaurants Inc., which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster. After being sued in September by workers alleging they are being shorted on overtime and minimum wage, the company has announced it plans to move more of its beleaguered staff from full- to part-time status to avoid paying for their health insurance on Jan. 1, 2014.

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Lawsuit: Vietnam Vets Say Army Used Them as Guinea Pigs

The 1990 movie “Jacob’s Ladder” told the story of a Vietnam veteran tortured by hallucinations that were caused by drugs he was given, without his knowledge, by the U.S. Army. Twenty-two years later, the real-life version is playing out. A federal court in California has certified a class action of Vietnam vets who are suing the U.S. government over exposure to biological and chemical agents they say were administered to them in secret experiments.

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Starbucks Sued by Baristas, Managers over Tip-Sharing

That Plexiglas box you throw your change into after you pay for your latte is causing a big ruckus. In two separate class action suits, baristas and managers are fighting over the tip jar, and they now have to wait and see what the New York Court of Appeals has to say about who gets the change — which could add up to a lot of money.

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Walmart Strikes Spread Nationwide

What started as isolated walkouts in California by employees of Walmart has spread to cities across the nation, as the retailer’s workers fight for better working conditions and the right to organize. The strikes are some of the first in Walmart’s history. Employees are striking over issues including include workplace safety, staffing, pay and retaliation against those who complain about their employment conditions.

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