California Revamps the Fair Pay Act

In 2016, the California Fair Pay Act was enacted into law. It is one of the first of its kind to forbid employers from paying workers of different sexes less money for “substantially similar work,” as opposed to “equal work,” making it more difficult to justify discriminatory pay. This law was also one of the…

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The Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act

Sweat equity is the term used to refer to an employee’s labor that is invested into an asset as opposed to equity bought with capital. Ideally, it would be fair for all employees whose sweat equity increases the value of a private company to share in the ownership of that company. But under current tax…

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California Employees Entitled to Prompt Payment after Termination

In McLean v. California, the California Supreme Court decided an issue of statutory interpretation under the Labor Code. The statutes are very strict regarding when and how a company should pay due sums of money to employees upon termination of employment. If an employee is discharged by the employer, then final wages earned and unpaid…

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Discriminatory Decision-making in Workplace Hiring and Firing

In August 2016, four former employees filed a class action lawsuit against HP, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprises for age discrimination, claiming that they were laid off as part of a restructuring of the company to “transform itself from an ‘old’ company into a ‘younger’ operation.” Their firing came shortly after CEO Meg Whitman publicly…

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