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December 2015 Archives

Editorial supports the "Fight for $15" minimum wage movement

Over the last few years, the idea of a more "livable wage" for minimum wage employees has started to gain traction in the United States, and as a result movements throughout the country are gaining awareness and making strides. In fact, Seattle, Washington, in 2013, and San Francisco and Los Angeles County, California, have all adapted the new wages. In the upcoming year, as many as nine more cities and five states are considering adopting a $15 minimum wage as well. Last week, the New York Times even posted an editorial calling for the United States Congress to pass a $15 federal minimum wage.

Navigating a sexual harassment case

Any workplace should be a safe environment for its employees. Unfortunately, there can be cracks in that safety, leading to troubling instances such as sexual harassment. While there are several safeguards against such acts, hostile acts still take place in sometimes-otherwise safe workplace environments. When such acts occur, we at Mitchell Pollack & Associates have the experience and drive necessary to handle the case with sensitivity and tenacity.

Retailer Alexander McQueen accused of race discrimination

For the third time in two years, high-end retailer Alexander McQueen and its parent company, Kering, find themselves in court facing discrimination allegations. According to the suit, retail employees allege a hostile workplace citing racial discrimination, racial harassment, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Religious tensions high, workplace discrimination could follow

With continual violence across the world often associated with religion, it is becoming increasingly apparent that some American workers are being targeted with harassment and discrimination based on their appearance or religion. Thankfully, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is in place to protect an individual's right to practice religion, and stay free from discrimination based on his or her sex, race, color, national origin and religion. New York and most states throughout the country also have laws that protect an employee from discrimination.

Electric car company in hot water over wage dispute

In 2010, a Chinese-owned electric vehicle company accepted $1.6 million in federal funding to headquarter its business in downtown Los Angeles and hire new employees with a livable wage. That company is now under scrutiny after a labor and community coalition, Jobs to Move America, filed a complaint. The complaint states that the employees were not paid a livable wage and thus, the company violated its agreement.

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