Philadelphia Employment Law News

January 2013 Archives

8 Different Types of Employment Discrimination

If you are wondering whether you face illegal discrimination at work, you must first become familiar with the different categories of employment discrimination.

The categories of protected characteristics are important because if you are discriminated against for any other reason, you may not be able to bring a valid claim under the law.

For example, your employer can give a raise to someone else based purely on jealousy, personality, or just because the employer does not like you. Only when the employer bases employment decisions on protected characteristics or activities does the employer venture into illegal discrimination.

So which characteristics and activities are considered "protected"?

How to File an Employment Discrimination Charge

If you believe you are discriminated at work or are subject to illegal harassment, you will want to know how to file an employment discrimination charge.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles discrimination charges and you will first have to file your complaint with them before bringing a private action.

Here's how to file a charge with the EEOC:

Top 10 Things to Know About Overtime Laws in Pennsylvania

Want to know about overtime laws in Pennsylvania?

Don't listen to your friends who work in New Jersey or your cousin in California.

Overtime laws differ from state to state, and what your cousin may get in California (which may be a lot more than you), unfortunately has no bearing on you. For information that actually matters to you, the Pennsylvania worker, pay attention to these general facts about Pennsylvania overtime law, as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor:

McCormick & Schmick's Settles Disability Lawsuit

It's illegal for businesses to discriminate against someone who is disabled. Sometimes, disabilities are less obvious, such as mental disabilities. In other cases, the disabilities are obvious.

So why would an employer or a manager blatantly discriminate against a deaf person?

That's a question that the management at McCormick & Schmick's, owned by Landry's Inc., will certainly be asking, following a finding of discrimination by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A manager at a Maryland branch of the McCormick & Schmick's chain allegedly discriminated against a deaf chef, the EEOC said in a press release.

The 5 Most Outrageous Employment Lawsuits of 2012

It's the new year and hopefully a fresh start for many employees. The job market seems to be picking up and people have a renewed fresh outlook once again, as the year starts.

We've covered many lawsuits in the employment arena over the last 12 months. Some of these were local and others were national. But here's our roundup of the Top 5 most crazy and/or most interesting employment lawsuits:

1. Former Partner Sues Greenberg Traurig Over Gender Discrimination

The prize for the most large-scale and ambitious lawsuit goes to the Greenberg Traurig lawsuit. Only this time, instead of defending a lawsuit, the mega law firm is finding itself defending against a lawsuit, as it has been named as the defendant. The lawsuit was brought by a former partner who claims that women were treated differently than men on the job.

Top 10 Most and Least Stressful Jobs of 2013

The 2013 list is in for the least stressful jobs, and for the most stressful jobs as well. But don't stress over it, we're here to break it down for you.

University professor ranks No. 1 for the least stressful job, according to ABC News.

The list doesn't really take into account whether this refers to tenured professors or all professors. As many in academia know, the tenure track does take a toll on professors.