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Posted December 19, 2012 in Class Actions Labor and Employment by | Your Job & The Law

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Getting Paid in the Wake of a Disaster

Hurricane Sandy not only damaged the lives of many people in the Northeast, it also wreaked havoc with their jobs. Countless workers found themselves without a paycheck. When natural disaster strikes, is your employer still obligated to pay your salary?

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Federal Court Tosses Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

A federal court in November threw out Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions. It’s the latest volley in the nationwide debate over the use of race in the higher education selection process. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio ruled the affirmative action ban was in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Honeybaked Ham Can Access Harassed Employees’ Social Media

Representing about 20 women who complained about sexual harassment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Honeybaked Ham, but the meat store is fighting back—with Facebook. A federal judge hearing the case said the women must produce information from their social media accounts as well as their cell phones, which could show whether class members were as emotionally and financially damaged as they claim.

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Have an Employment Law Question?

The employment law forums should be one of your first stops if you’re grappling with a job-related legal problem or issue. Covering topics including discrimination, labor unions, workers’ comp and sexual harassment, these forums are the place to ask questions and get answers before you hire an employment lawyer.

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Starbucks Owes Baristas Over $14 Million in Tips

After improperly pooling the tips of baristas with their immediate supervisors for years, Starbucks must pay more than $14 million to a class of the baristas who successfully sued the coffee chain in Massachusetts. The 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Starbucks violated the state’s Tips Act by pooling tips for baristas and shift supervisors.

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