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June 2013 Archives

Supreme Court rulings limit workers' rights

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings this week that have the potential to limit the rights of workers here in Pennsylvania. The two controversial decisions will make it much more difficult for people to hold their employers responsible for discrimination and retaliation.

How pervasive is pregnancy discrimination?

In our previous post we discussed the ongoing problem of unequal pay for female employees. Pay inequality is just one form of discrimination that many female workers face, many of which are invisible or subtle and driven by bias or unfair policies that simply make it harder for women to stay at work.

Equal Pay Act turns 50 but still no equality for women workers

The Equal Pay Act has been the law of the land for more than five decades, but American workplaces have yet to achieve the promise made in the title of the law. Women in the United States still make only 77 cents for every dollar that men make, due in large part to systematic discrimination and covert biases that guide hiring and promotional decisions.

Shareholders reject anti discrimination measure at Exxon meeting

Last week we wrote about the criticism that Exxon Mobil is facing because of their policies on workplace and hiring discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. The oil company is one of few remaining Fortune 500 companies that does not offer protection for LGBT employees through its corporate policies, a fact which has somewhat tarnished its public reputation. 

School layoffs cause concern for Pennsylvania employees

Many Pennsylvania readers already know about the difficult budget situation facing many of our nation's school districts. Particularly in larger cities, school districts are being forced to make tough choices in the face of budget contraints, which means cutting arts and sports funding and limiting staff.