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When Remote Work Leads to Overwork, Workers Pay The Price By Ololade Akintunde  The Law Students on Workers’ Rights series publishes essays from current and incoming students at some of the top law schools in the country. These essays, submitted for the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship, address the question “What are the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights in the future?”  On March 13, 2020, I left my office prepared to transition to…
By Thalia Erazo The Law Students on Workers’ Rights series publishes essays from current and incoming students at some of the top law schools in the country. These essays, submitted for the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship, address the question “What are the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights in the future?” Technology has advanced rapidly in a relatively short amount of time, and this is a phenomenon that most have met with quick…
By Clavey Ali Robertson The Law Students on Workers’ Rights series publishes essays from current and incoming students at some of the top law schools in the country. These essays, submitted for the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship, address the question “What are the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights in the future?” Since 1973, worker productivity has shot up; conversely, this corresponds with one of the slowest growing periods for wages in American…
By Reagan Tillery The Law Students on Workers’ Rights series publishes essays from current and incoming students at some of the top law schools in the country. These essays, submitted for the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship, address the question “What are the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights in the future?” When the nationwide pandemic was declared in March of 2020 due to COVID-19, no one knew how drastically life would change. Most…
The Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship awards $1,000 to a law student preparing for a career as a plaintiffs employment lawyer.  Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D. Working Now and Then awarded the third annual Charles E. Joseph Employment Law scholarship in May 2021. The $1,000 scholarship supports law students considering careers in plaintiffs employment law. Reagan Tillery won the scholarship for the 2021/2022 academic year. Tillery earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Africana studies…
Retaliation ranks as the most common form of workplace discrimination–but why? Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D. Workplace discrimination happens in every industry. Discrimination on the basis of sex, race, disability status, or age effect tens of thousands of workers every year. But what’s the most common form of discrimination in the workplace? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigates accusations of workplace discrimination in the private sector, state and local government, and the federal government. Each…
Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D. In fiscal year 2020, the EEOC set a record on its employment discrimination recoveries. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal employment protections, including workplace discrimination laws.  Despite the pandemic, 2020 represented a watershed year for the EEOC. In its annual performance report, the EEOC reported over $535.4 million recovered for victims of workplace discrimination.  The EEOC and Employment Laws The EEOC investigates violations of federal employment laws and recovers money…
by Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D A minimum wage increase, a new paid sick leave policy, and longer paid family leave that will help workers in 2021 The new year has brought some important changes for employees in New York. The state’s minimum wage increased, a new paid sick leave policy went into effect, and the state’s paid family leave policy now covers workers for longer. If you’re not on top of your legal rights, you might…
By Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D In 2017, the total cost of every robbery in the country was $438 million. The cost of wage theft was more than 100 times that number.  The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program recorded 319,356 robberies in 2017. Those robberies cost businesses and the public $438 million in total losses. But wage theft costs workers $50 billion every year. And most of the time, employers get away with stealing money from their…
By Charles E. Joseph Workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation take an emotional toll. Fortunately, victims of employment violations can sue for emotional distress damages. In this article, we’ll explain the process of suing for emotional distress and how to file an emotional distress lawsuit. Suing for Emotional Distress What is emotional distress? And can you sue for emotional distress? Emotional distress is the mental anguish employees experience as a result of workplace discrimination, harassment,…