Whistleblowers and other on-the-job advocates are common victims of workplace retaliation, but few people in Massachusetts might expect to be discriminated against for helping their mother. While perhaps unexpected, that's exactly what an out-of-state police officer claims happened to him. He ultimately took his employee rights violation claim all the way up to the Supreme Court.
The wage gap between men and women has received considerable attention in Massachusetts and across the country lately, but there are some who claim that women are being unfairly discriminated against for a surprising reason. New information indicates that women often face workplace discrimination for the mere possibility that they could one day become pregnant. This so-called pre-pregnancy penalty might be especially damaging for women in certain career fields.
Whole Foods was named in a lawsuit that claims the company wrongfully fired an employee who was concerned about the quality of certain food products. His suit seeks $15 million in damages. Wrongful termination is an understandable fear that prevents some workers in Massachusetts from speaking up about unjust or unsafe practices in the workplace.
Speaking up about wage injustices is not necessarily easy to do. Many workers fear for their job safety, and when faced with the possibility of being wrongfully discharged for complaining, many are bullied into keeping quiet. A construction company that performed work at the University of Massachusetts recently paid restitution to some of its workers after an investigation found that it had violated wage and hour laws.
Many people in Massachusetts and across of the United States tend to hold to the belief that wage discrimination disappears the farther one climbs up the employment chain. A recent filing by five women on the women's U.S. national soccer team smashes that pervasive myth, highlighting the ongoing issues that employees of all fields and levels can experience. Their lawsuit claims that the United States Soccer Federation is violating wage and hour laws.