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April 29, 2013

Finally a Good Sign: Jobless Claims Drop

Finally a Good Sign: Jobless Claims Drop

  After rising as high as 670,000 during the economic crisis, weekly jobless claims are now roughly half that level. Amid a slew of disappointing economic news, we finally come across a bright spot: claims for unemployment benefits dipped more than expected last week, pointing to improvement in the job market. Roughly 340 ...

February 28, 2013

Woman Says Candy Company Fired Her for Orientation, Pregnancy

 Woman Says Candy Company Fired Her for Orientation, Pregnancy

After having a complicated pregnancy and revealing that she was a lesbian among her coworkers, a woman says that Mars Chocolate North America fired her based on her sexual orientation and being a pregnant woman.  The woman, Theresa Kwiecinski, is suing in New Jersey Superior Court after experiencing what she says was discriminatory ...

February 26, 2013

Justice Department Intervenes in Maryland Sex Discrimination Case

Justice Department Intervenes in Maryland Sex Discrimination Case

  The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Department in Maryland is facing the threat of severe legal consequences after the United States Department of Justice stepped in to take over a case from a former employee alleging sexual harassment.  According to the former employee, Kristy Murphy-Taylor, the sheriff's department ...

February 26, 2013

Pharmaceutical Company Sued For Discriminating Against Women

Pharmaceutical Company Sued For Discriminating Against Women

  Daiichi Sankyo, a Japanese manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, faces a class action lawsuit from several women who allege that the company discriminated against women, especially those who were pregnant or mothers.  According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of six former employees of the pharma company by law firm Cravath, Swaine ...

February 26, 2013

EEOC: Burger King Must Allow Employee to Wear Skirt

EEOC: Burger King Must Allow Employee to Wear Skirt

  A woman who adheres to a religious philosophy requiring her to wear long skirts instead of pants has settled with Burger King in an employment discrimination lawsuit.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on religious grounds and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees ...

November 29, 2012

Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation Released

Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation Released

On November 29, 2012, the Census Bureau released the 2006-2010 American Community Survey Equal Opportunity Tabulation.  The tabulation has been published decennially since the 1970s and has 107 tables measuring the labor force across sexes, races, and ethnicities.   The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Employment ...

November 14, 2012

17 MA Employers Fined for Employing Unlawful Employees

17 MA Employers Fined for Employing Unlawful Employees

On November 14, 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that 17 Massachusetts employers received fines totaling $349,619.54 in the 2012 fiscal year.  The employers were charged after ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) audited Form I-9 documents submitted by employers around the state.   The ...

October 8, 2012

Census Shows Steady Increase in Home-Based Workers

Census Shows Steady Increase in Home-Based Workers

On October 4, 2012, the United States Census Bureau announced that 4.2 million more people worked at home in 2010 than in 2000.  The results were published in the Home-Based Workers in the United States: 2010, a combined analysis that pulls collects results from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the American Community ...

November 9, 2011

Seasonal Hiring May Boost Employment Outlook for Many

Seasonal Hiring May Boost Employment Outlook for Many

While recent reports are showing a slow growth in the job market, many workers will soon be relying on job opportunities that arise from the upcoming holiday season.  These jobs are typically in the retail sector, as stores gear up for increased holiday spending and sudden rushes from holiday sales.  While some believe the seasonal ...

November 9, 2011

Employment Rates: Highest In Three Years

Employment Rates: Highest In Three Years

October has seen the highest number of employment for United State workers in three years, which has provided some hope for economic recovery in the near future.  The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index has showed the overall unemployment rate has lowered to 9%.    While this news has been met with optimism by most, some ...

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