Some commentators say that a lack of enforcement of wage-and-hour laws from the Department of Labor over the past 20 years has led to a huge increase in wage-and-hour lawsuits in the nation’s courtrooms. Workers have been denied fair pay under current laws. Analysts have noted a spike in such pay disputes in the past decade and a 432 percent increase in the number of unfair pay lawsuits in the past twenty years.
A Whitestone, New York Episcopal church has agreed to settle a sex harassment and retaliation lawsuit without taking the case to trial. Early settlement negotiations and conciliation efforts failed to result in settlement. However, officials have announced that the case has now settled for six figures in damages and other relief.
Worker’s rights laws have been in place in New York and at the federal level for years, aimed at eliminating discriminatory practices in the workplace. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against workers in a wide variety of areas, including discrimination based upon race.
A senior sales rep with Merck and company says that the pharmaceutical company systematically discriminates against women. She says in a workplace discrimination lawsuit that the drug maker does not give female workers the same kinds of employment opportunities that men receive.
An appellate court chambered in Manhattan has revived a sexual harassment lawsuit against a brokerage firm. A New Jersey woman claimed that management at the firm ran the financial services company like it is some type of boy’s club. The company countered that the woman did not perform her job well during her time with the firm. The company argued that the woman was fired based upon her performance.