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June 2013 Archives

Should language discrimination be considered in a court of law?

An interesting case of discrimination out of New York this month has some people here in Indiana questioning whether or not language discrimination should be taken into consideration in employment law cases the country over. This concern for employee rights comes after several NYPD officers receive bad marks on their records for speaking Spanish while on the job. According to the police department, this goes against their English-only policy--a controversial rule that could be ruled as unlawful in a court of law.

Could recent court cases bring an end to unpaid internships?

At the beginning of April, we brought the subject of internships to the attention of our readers, making particular notes on how to recognize whether an employer was adhering to Indiana state and federal employment laws regarding payment.  This, in turn, raised an all important question: how can you tell if an internship is really following proper employment laws?

Can employers force you to receive wages on a fee-carrying cards?

People in Indiana are used to seeing the McDonald's fast-food franchise in the media's eye for two reasons: low-wage claims and its contribution to the obesity epidemic in the United States.  But soon, employment law followers across the nation could be seeing the company in the spotlight for another reason.

Could sites like Reddit cost you your job?

The explosion of social media in the last few years has given birth to a plethora of new sites that give people the world over a chance to connect with other people. Whether it's making new friends on Facebook or sharing a picture on Reddit, these types of sites are giving employers a rare glimpse into what their employees do when their backs are turned and could be turning seemingly harmless pranks into reasons for termination.

Government finally agrees to settle with OSHA whistleblower

If you're new to our blog and are anything like our readers you've more than likely noticed a number of stories in the news recently that have been related to employment law. The most prominent being of course that of Edward Snowden who has captured the media's attention after whistleblowing on the NSA for unconstitutional surveillance programs. But another whistleblower has also gained media attention this month after winning a $820,000 settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Rainforest Cafe accused of not paying minimum wage to servers

As many servers here in Indiana will agree, tips are the lifeblood of the profession. That's because most states across the nation, like Indiana, allow for a lower hourly minimum wage because employers in the industry assume that the tips received from patrons will offset the low pay and bring employees up to the state and federal minimum wage.

Claims of racial discrimination pits one employee against city

Despite state and federal laws that prohibit employers from racially discriminating against their workers, incidences of this deplorable behavior occur in cities across the nation, sometimes even here in our very own Indianapolis.  Some people here in Indiana may have already heard about the case of racial discrimination out of Texas this month where a worker claims that he was denied a position he rightfully earned because of the color of his skin.

School sued for firing two teachers who didn't prove their faith

Like with union and non-union jobs, private schools often have different rules of employment and can cause some difficulties for employees in the event that they feel their rights have been violated.  This is true for private school staff members here in Indiana and others across the nation.

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