FITZGERALD LAW — EMPLOYMENT LAW BLOG

What is Wage Theft?

What is Wage Theft?

Wage theft is one of the most common types of theft each year. Sadly, it is rarely prosecuted.  A 2017 study by the Economic Policy Institute found the employees lose close to $8 billion each year by employer wage theft. Wage theft occurs when a worker does not get...

Equal Pay:  Substantially equal ≠ identical

Equal Pay: Substantially equal ≠ identical

Every pay discrimination case involves determining whether the jobs being compared are substantially equal. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reminded everyone that when it comes to determining equal pay, jobs could be substantially equal without being...

Health Insurance:  Help has arrived.

Health Insurance: Help has arrived.

The loss of health insurance benefits is one of the worst things about losing a job. Families often worry about how they will afford necessary medical treatment and pay for expensive prescription medications. This worry compounds the fears caused by the job loss. Help...

Racial Slurs in the Workplace

Racial Slurs in the Workplace

Discrimination takes many forms.  One form is a hostile work environment created when an employee is subjected to racial slurs and a racially intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment because of the employee’s protected characteristic –such as race, sex,...

Equal Pay:  It is Fundamental

Equal Pay: It is Fundamental

The importance of equal pay just got a shout out in a recent Fifth Circuit case. The money quote is: “Equality of opportunity is fundamental to who we are, and to who we aspire to be, as a nation. Our commitment to this ideal is deeply engrained in our Constitution...

The COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 Vaccines

With the first vaccines approved to fight the COVID-19 virus, many ask if an employer can require a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. The answer is complicated.    The first place to look for an answer to this question is the EEOC’s COVID-19 Technical...

Goals Gone Bad

Goals Gone Bad

Most people are ready to see the end of 2020 and are actively looking forward to the new year.  As with any new year, many people will be setting personal and business goals for 2021. I am a firm believer in the importance of setting goals.  Many companies also...

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