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On Call Employees Can Be Entitled to Compensation Under The Law

One way that employees can be unlawfully underpaid is when they are "on-call" and restricted in what they can do but receive no compensation or overtime pay for this time. A recent Ohio case decided in November highlights how employees can get their fair pay if they find themselves in such a situation.

On-call nurse wasn't paid OT

A nurse who was paid her regular pay of $36 per hour during on-call hours sued a hospital for unpaid overtime for time spent on call. The hospital alleged that the time the nurse spent on call was non-compensable and, therefore, was not subject to overtime laws, an argument that the court rejected.

Tesla workers recount experience with racial discrimination

Workers at some leading companies in Ohio and across the country may have good reason to be concerned about the continuing threat of racial discrimination. A New York Times report covered the experiences of black workers at Tesla, the electric car manufacturer. Journalists interviewed dozens of present and former Tesla workers at the company's assembly plant in Fremont, California, and obtained numerous testimonies about instances of workplace harassment and discrimination. Among other issues, Tesla workers said that they were called racial slurs, taunted for their race, denied promotions and disproportionately assigned to menial tasks.

One worker recounted swastikas being drawn in the bathroom while another employee said that he was called the n-word and "boy" on the job. The documents collected by the journalists included firsthand accounts as well as legal statements and internal communications. Despite the widespread recounting of racially discriminatory practices, Tesla said that these incidents did not amount to a pattern of discrimination and that it encouraged a respectful environment.

Understanding Reasonable Accommodations

Whether you have lived with a disability all your life or have recently suffered an accident or illness, you know your limitations and abilities. You also know well your qualifications for employment, including your education and experience. Nevertheless, your condition may make it difficult to perform on the job unless you have certain modifications to your workplace, your schedule or your tasks.

Fortunately, the need for these accommodations does not disqualify you from finding meaningful employment in your field. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects you from discrimination simply because of a disability.

Game Manufacturer Hit With Discrimination Lawsuit

Riot Games' productions, including the hit "League of Legends", have large numbers of fans in Ohio. However, the company is now facing a class action lawsuit accusing it of gender discrimination in the workplace. The lawsuit was filed by a current employee and a former employee and came after journalists highlighted issues with sexism inside the company. The two women say that they have been denied equal pay and access to promotions on the basis of their gender. They also cite sexual harassment, misconduct and a hostile working environment at the game manufacturer.

The complaint alleges violations of California laws against gender discrimination, including the Equal Pay Act. The women who filed the lawsuit are seeking compensation for lost wages and other damages, and they also want the court to certify the case as a class action for all female employees of the company. Earlier reports about the company mentioned 28 current and former workers, including one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. There are 2,500 employees at the company with a workforce that is 80 percent male.

Denton County to Pay $115,000 After Judgment in EEOC Equal Pay Lawsuit

A former female county doctor in Dallas, Texas will receive $115,000 from Denton County after a federal court judge entered judgment in her favor in a pay discrimination law suit.

The Best Scary Movies of All Time

Halloween is not only a time for pumpkins, kids in costumes and candy but also a time for scary movies and haunted houses. Seeing as we already talked about the best haunted houses in Northeast Ohio earlier this month, we'll take a look at some of the best scary movies of all times according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Employers Frequently Ignore Medical Needs of Pregnant Workers

Many women in Ohio work throughout their pregnancies. Unfortunately, they mostly remain at the mercy of their employers when they need extra breaks or light duty. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act provides only limited protection under federal law for pregnant employees. According to the law, employers need to accommodate requests for light duty or breaks from pregnant women only if they already grant these accommodations to other employees.

The limited scope of the PDA gives employers the ability to ignore the needs of pregnant workers when they already limit breaks and ignore requests for changes in duties from everyone else. Even when women present letters from their doctors explaining the need for breaks and light duty, employers do not necessarily have to approve the requests.

Johnson & Johnson Employee Claims She Was Fired for Whistleblowing

A Johnson & Johnson ("J&J") employee filed a lawsuit in Florida against the company alleging she was fired in November 2017 after bringing attention to illegal kickbacks at the company and its Vision Care Institute.

Trick or Treat 2018 - Dates, Times and Locations in Northeast Ohio

Perhaps one of the best parts about October is trick or treat! Everyone gets to dress up, trying to get as much candy as possible, and just have fun. We have put together a GIANT list of the trick or treat times in Northeast Ohio. Parents, keep your children safe by walking with them during trick or treat and checking their candy afterwards. We hope every has a safe and fun Halloween!

Overtime Suit Filed Against Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

Last week, a lawsuit was filed against Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. for unpaid overtime. The Named Plaintiff is seeking unpaid overtime on behalf of himself and other yard switchers (drivers who move trailers to and from loading docks). The Named Plaintiff alleges that mangers responded to the workers' request for overtime pay by saying "that's just how it is."

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