Vermont recently enacted a law amending the Vermont Fair Employment Practice Law and expanding existing equal pay and discrimination laws to provide greater protection to employees. 2013 Bill Text VT H.B. 99; 2013 Bill Text VT S.B. 57.
The US Department of Labor honored its promise to step up their Family and Medical Leave Act enforcement efforts as demonstrated by a court-enforceable settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Putnam County Board of Education.
Colorado has joined the growing trend among the states to protect the social media privacy rights of employees and applicants. Employers are now prohibited from demanding access to an employee's or applicant's personal social media account or service through his or her personal device.
Philadelphia has enacted a new ordinance expanding the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals (LGBTs) in the workplace, which may significantly affect employment policies and practices.
On May 15, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its questions and answers series regarding workplace rights and the prevention of discrimination against individuals with specific disabilities.
Under a new law taking effect October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 50 or more employees will need to provide each eligible employee with a one-day leave of absence on the day that employee's immediate family member is leaving for or returning from active military duty outside of the US as a member of the US armed forces.
A federal jury in Iowa recently awarded a verdict totaling $240 million to 32 farm workers who were subject to a hostile work environment harassment and severe abuse at the hands of their employer and supervisors. Despite the fact that this was the largest judgment ever obtained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency told the Des Moines Register that the award must be lowered because federal law limits the compensatory and punitive damages each plaintiff can receive to $50,000.
In a development that highlights the importance of promoting fair employment practices, the clothing and accessories retailer Wet Seal has agreed to settle a race discrimination class action lawsuit for $7.5 million.
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