The wage gap between men and women is the reason for numerous lawsuits, and it seems like many states are looking to be rid of the problem. According to news reports, the Restore Act, which passed in June, may funnel a lot of money into the Gulf region. But the issue of pay is being disputed.
In Louisiana, lawmakers are introducing legislation that will mandate equal pay for both sexes. Sexual discrimination and employment discrimination are some of the biggest reasons lawsuits are filed, and the issue of pay disparity exacerbates that problem. People who find themselves in this position should pursue legal action, and litigation funding can help in their time of need.
The Corporate Counsel Magazine reported a story about employers possibly discriminating against smokers when the healthcare law kicks in. This kind of attitude and action is going to cause waves because of its outright discrimination against smokers.
People are entitled to smoke because it is an action that does not impede on anyone else’s lifestyle. That said, there are hazards that come with smoking including increased healthcare fees, but it certainly does not stop them from doing a good job.
Health is a personal matter. As long as smokers are not a threat to anyone else, they should be allowed to smoke and they should not be discriminated against for their habits.
A former employee of Disneyland has decided to sue the theme park after she says they discriminated against her. Imane Boudlal says in her lawsuit she was discriminated against because of her religious beliefs. Among her allegations, she says she was fired because she refused to remove her head scarf at work.
Employees should know that any kind of discrimination for any reason should not be tolerated. If employees feel like the company policy is allowing discrimination to occur and not doing anything to stop it, they should inform the proper authorities and file a lawsuit if necessary.
Legal funding can help plaintiffs who are discriminated against pursue justice. They can apply for a pre-settlement advance to help them pay for basic living expenses while litigation unfolds. In some circumstances, the plaintiff will have a settlement they are content with, but the settlement takes several months to pay out. In this scenario, the plaintiff can apply for post-settlement funding to help them begin rebuilding their life.
The New York Daily News reported a story about two former African-American employees suing their employer over what they allege is a racist bias. The employees, Veronica Robledo and Karin Widmann, are suing for $3 million, and in their allegations state their boss Laurice Rahme called African Americans thieves and had a pattern of racism against customers and employees. She apparently fired the workers by accusing them of stealing $25,000 worth of stock.
According to the Washington Times, the number of employment discrimination lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has doubled over the past five years because the definition of “disability” has expanded. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was flooded, which led to more frivolous claims. It goes on to quote an official at the United States Chamber of Commerce which says employers are being barraged by frivolous cases which can cost over $30,000.
The added aggression by the EEOC and the expanded definition of disabled under the ADA have had a terrible effect on business while creating a boon for lawyers. This analysis, while one-sided, does make some valid points about possible abuse from unscrupulous characters. However, it does not take into account the needed muscle workers and lawyers need to fight unscrupulous employers.
Lawyers are skilled on both sides, and the law is designed to help the downtrodden against abuses by the upper class. If workers do not have these certain kinds of protections, they can potentially be victim to all kinds of abuse. Also, to follow this kind of thinking assumes workers are out to scam their bosses rather than work a decent job. Frivolous lawsuits can be defined very loosely and depending on the person, it can mean a claim with no reasonable merit or one that can be very bad for the employer with loads of proof.
Frivolous is in the eye of the beholder. Usually this kind of thinking also denotes things like lawsuit funding, which some say encourages frivolous lawsuits. Lawsuit funding companies however usually thoroughly evaluate a case before funding to ensure that it is not frivolous, as the funds are non-recourse. It’s an interesting counterpoint to an agenda that happens to be anti-litigation.