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Archives for February 2016

Judges Face Age Discrimination Too

Jon Allison

Jon Allison’s Monday Blog

Judge Peter O’Connell (67 years of age) filed a lawsuit last week in Michigan challenging a Michigan rule that prevents judges 70 years of age or over from running for re-election. The age restriction was put in place in 1955. In 2014, the age restriction prevented 24 Michigan judges from seeking re-election (4% of sitting judges were 70 or older at the time). Currently, judges are the only state employees with an age restriction in Michigan. Last year two joint resolutions were introduced in the State Legislature (one in the House and one in the Senate) that would allow voters to either raise the age restriction to 75 or remove it completely. The Michigan Judges Association supports the removal of the age restriction entirely. The reality is people are living longer and are able to be productive later in life. Age restrictions like this just don’t make sense.  Find out more here.

 

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A Good Day at the Office

Freking Myers & Reul

Yesterday, a federal jury in Cincinnati determined Chipotle Mexican Grill wrongfully terminated three of our clients on the basis of their gender and violated the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Kelly Myers, Randy Freking and Kati Neff have been investigating and pursuing this case for over four years. Yesterday’s verdict was the culmination of a two week trial in U.S. District Court.

“We hope this sends a message to Denver that gender discrimination is not good for business,” Kelly Myers, as quoted by The Cincinnati Enquirer in their coverage of the verdict.

Here are links to other coverage of the verdict:

WCPO Channel 9 | WLWT Channel 5 | Fox19 Now | Cincinnati Business Courier

 

The Cincinnati Enquire

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A New Rule To Address The Pay Gap

Jon Allison

Jon Allison’s Monday Blog

Last week President Obama proposed a new rule which would require companies with more than 100 employees to provide salary data by race, gender and ethnicity.  Despite efforts to address the problem, a substantial pay gap between men and women (minority women in particular) remains.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission already collects data from larger employers about the racial, ethnic and gender makeup of their workforces.  Collecting pay data will assist in the enforcement of equal pay laws.

 To Shine A Light On Salary Gaps, Obama Wants Companies To Disclose Pay Data

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