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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Walmart Workers Plan Strike for Black Friday

Workers at 1,000 Walmart stores across the country are planning a strike for the biggest shopping day of the year in an effort to protest what they say is the retailer’s history of retaliating against them for their efforts to secure better working conditions. Despite Walmart’s attempt to stop them with a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), workers’ groups say the Black Friday strike is on.   Union Activity at Issue Organization United for Respect at Walmart …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
64-year-old City Engineer Alleges Age Discrimination

An engineer hired by the city of Cohasset outside Boston is stirring up an already-shaken political beehive with an age discrimination suit. Mark Brennan, 64 years old, lost his job to a much younger man and is fighting to return to work by filing a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. When a new town manager cleaned house after being hired in 2011, he rescinded the contract Brennan had signed with the former town manager. Brennan claims he was …

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Posted 1 year ago in Class Actions Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Starbucks Owes Baristas Over $14 Million in Tips

After improperly pooling the tips of baristas with their immediate supervisors for years, Starbucks must pay over $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 on Nov. 9 that Starbucks violated the state’s Tips Act by pooling tips for baristas and shift supervisors.   No Whining, Starbucks Tips are distributed at stores weekly to individual baristas and shift supervisors in proportion to the number …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Getting Paid in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

Hurricane Sandy not only damaged the lives of many people in the Northeast; it also wreaked havoc with their jobs. If you’re having financial or compensation issues in the wake of the superstorm, you are not alone. Lots of other people are worried about getting paid.   Exempt or Not? Everything turns on whether you are an “exempt” or “non-exempt” employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). You should have signed a form when you were hired that indicated …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Workers Sue when Employers Retaliate

It’s bad enough when workers are forced to file a harassment or discrimination claim against an employer. But some employers make it worse by badgering workers who complain. Workers who suffer the consequences for filing claims against their employers can also sue for retaliation – and not only get their jobs back but also back pay and punitive damages. Retaliation by employers was at an all-time high in 2011, according to statistics released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). …

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