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February 2014 Archives

Unpaid interns lack employee protections

At this time of year, many high school, college, and graduate students are looking to make plans for the summer. Many are looking for internships so that they can gain experience at an entry level to prepare them for the job market once they graduate. Internships can be incredibly helpful experience, offering mentorship and training in exchange for free or low cost labor. However, recently internships have been getting attention in the media for other reasons, particularly the legal status of interns and their rights as something other than an employee.

Bank settles harassment class action suit

Financial institution JPMorgan Chase & Co has entered into a settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit brought by a group of women who worked at a call center for their mortgage banking division. The women said that the work environment at the call center was hostile and sexist and that they were exposed to sexually charged behavior and inappropriate comments from supervisors. They also said that they were shunned socially and excluded from the opportunity to take potentially lucrative sales calls if they spoke out against the bad behavior or did not participate.

Maryland lawmakers consider transgender workplace protections

Every year for the past seven years, the Maryland State Assembly has considered various measures that would protect transgendered individuals from facing discrimination. The efforts take aim at discrimination in a variety of settings, including work, housing, and public places. A lot of readers probably do not realize that it is legal for employers to fire someone who is transgender on that basis.

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