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Celebrating Equal Pay Day

Posted April 14th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

With Tax Day looming, it’s easy to overlook another important mid-April date: Equal Pay Day. Today marks the twentieth time Americans will celebrate Equal Pay Day, which was originated by the National Committee on Equal Pay as a date to raise awareness about the gender wage gap. The date falls in April because it symbolizes […]

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Fight for $15 Brings Fast Food Workers Closer to a Living Wage

Posted April 2nd, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

My colleague Jennifer Siegel wrote about the Fast Food Forward, or Fight for $15, campaign a few months ago. The campaign calls for fast food restaurants to raise their employees’ wages to $15 an hour. At the time, Jennifer noted some of the victories the movement had achieved in the form of state legislation raising […]

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Lady Lawyer Lessons*: #LeanIn #LeanOut : The Hokey Pokey Pay Game

Posted February 26th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Recently, many of my clients and friends have been discussing problems and questions surrounding negotiating their pay.  One observed that, after negotiating her starting pay with her employer, her supervisor branded her as a trouble-maker – a reputation that, when she asked for a raise two years later, led to them (wrongfully) terminating her.  Along […]

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Fast Food Strikes Help Female Workers

Posted September 17th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Female workers at the lowest rung of the economic ladder are getting a boost from a growing campaign to raise wages for fast food workers. The Fast Food Forward campaign—also informally known as the “Fight for $15” movement—is calling for an industry wage of $15 an hour, or double the current federal minimum wage of […]

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Laboring In Secret

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Just before Labor Day, whitehouse.gov released a Chart of the Week illustrating that, among college graduates four years after graduation, women earn less than men in nearly every field of study.  A salary gap among recent college graduates is disturbing for two reasons. First, it suggests that women are earning less than men right away—even […]

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President Obama Clears Workers’ Path to the Courthouse

Posted August 6th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama last week, employees who have suffered discrimination, harassment or sexual assault at work may have an easier time getting their day in court. Signed on July 31, the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order” forbids companies who contract with the federal government from requiring their […]

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White-Collar Exemptions for Blue-Collar Workers

Posted July 21st, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Did you know that a worker can make wages below the federal poverty line (currently $23,850 for a family of four), work long hours performing mostly manual labor, and still not necessarily qualify for overtime pay?  Strange but true. The federal wage and hour law (the Fair Labor Standards Act, or “FLSA”) celebrated its 75th anniversary […]

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Shedding Light on Pay Inequality

Posted July 15th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Last week, a federal judge in New York ordered that notice of a lawsuit under the federal Equal Pay Act be sent to at least 7,000 female employees at KPMG—one of the nation’s “Big 4” tax, audit and accounting firms.  The lawsuit details how KPMG illegally paid female professionals less than it paid men for […]

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