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SENATE AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS ALONG WITH ADVOCACY GROUPS TO URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF PAYCHECK FAIRNESS AC (13563520594)

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“Equal Pay for Equal Work” has been the rallying cry in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), which the House passed last week by a 217-210 vote.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020, women earned 82 cents for every dollar men received. So, on paper, paying men and women the same wages for the same work — “paycheck fairness” — sounds, err, fair.

So, why has the PFA never reached the President’s desk in any of the past dozen attempts going back to 1997 that it’s been introduced in Congress? Let’s find out. Continue reading

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Did I ever tell you guys about the wacky race discrimination case I defended involving a male fast-food franchise employee caught on video smacking a female co-worker? Continue reading

On Monday, I blogged about President Biden’s first HR-compliance wish list, which focused on COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

On Wednesday, President Biden was sworn in. And, folks, he wasted no time making moves that will impact labor and employment law. Continue reading

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On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate based on sex, also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender status. It was a landmark opinion.

One of the actions consolidated into the Bostock action was EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. The EEOC argued specifically that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on transgender status. On November 30, 2020, it settled.

And I’ve got all the details for you. Continue reading

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As you’ve no doubt heard by now, yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is the federal workplace law that forbids discrimination based on sex.

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Back in March of last year, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (WNT) sued the United States Soccer Federation in federal court in California. The WNT asserted two claims, one of which was that the Federation violated the Equal Pay Act (EPA) by paying them less than it did the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (MNT).

On Friday, a federal judge dismissed the EPA claim, concluding that the Federation did not pay the WNT less than the MNT because of their gender.

Indeed, the WNT was paid more than the MNT! Continue reading

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