While race, sex, disability, and age are all categories of employment discrimination recognized at law, many employees are finding that being without employment is one way employers can discriminate without repercussion.
A while back on this blog, we wrote about a federal lawsuit filed against Creekstone Farms slaughterhouse in Arkansas City, Kansas. Employees had filed that suit in order to recover unpaid overtime and wages. As we noted in that post, the employees' claimed that the company routinely paid hourly employees based on the principle of "gang time," which is the amount of time the workers are assigned to the production lines. In that approach, employees were not paid according to the actual time they put in.
Earlier this week, the National Whistleblowers Center held a seminar in Washington, D.C. to discuss the new developments under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act.
According to Businessweek, a Texas company accused by the U.S. Department of Labor of failing to abide by minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws and of exploiting mentally disabled workers, has recently settled the dispute.
According to Reuters, Capital One Financial Corporation recently filed a suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against its former CEO John Kansas for breaching a non-compete agreement. The lawsuit was filed last Thursday.
The Dodd-Frank act, passed last summer, gave employees with inside information concerning securities fraud incentives and protection to report that information to the SEC. Under Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers may receive up to 30 percent of the monetary sanctions imposed against a company that has acted fraudulently, provided those sanctions exceed $1 million.
In our previous post, we began discussing deferred compensation plans. We noted that eligible employees choosing to participate in those plans were required to set aside some of their future earnings by last Thursday, the 6 month mark until the end of the fiscal year.
On this blog, we often write about employment contracts and disputes related to those contracts, particularly in the areas of non-compete agreements, unpaid wages and overtime, and employee misclassification. While we tend to focus in on those specific areas on this blog, employment contracts encompass a wide variety of agreements, including employee benefits. One type of these benefits is a deferred compensation plan.