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May 2018 Archives

Supreme Court approves individual arbitration clauses for workers

Some 56 percent of non-union, private sector workers in the U.S. are subject to an individual arbitration clause in their employment contract. In other words, they cannot band together in a class action but must bring any employment-related claim in individual arbitration. Perhaps tens of millions of people are therefore barred from what is often the most effective method of challenging illegality in their workplaces.

Fox News settles 18 race, sex discrimination suits for $10 million

Fox News has been making some changes since the sexual harassment scandals that roiled the company last year. Chairman Roger Ailes and host Bill O'Reilly were forced out after lawsuits and reports revealed that they had sexually harassed women and then silenced their accusers with confidential settlement agreements. The network was ultimately revealed to harbor a culture where Ailes was free to harass young women and sexual harassment was tolerated overall. Both men were ousted.

Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be in fatal accidents

Perhaps because of the weather, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As motorcyclists prepare to ride for the season, we should all be aware of the risks and the strategies being used to reduce the risk of fatal motorcycle crashes.

Is it safe to report sexual harassment in a small business?

In the shadows of the #MeToo movement, more employees are coming forward and speaking out about incidents of sexual harassment. But, for some victims, it isn’t as easy to speak out about what’s been going on behind closed doors – especially as a small business employee.

Redskins cheerleaders say male VIPs attended nude photo shoot

Recently, the New York Times reported that two former NFL cheerleaders filed discrimination complaints against the league and the teams they worked for. Their complaints have been followed by an outpouring of support from other NFL cheerleaders, who say the league and some teams allow overtly sexual and hostile work environments.

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