Unfairly Fired: What Qualifies as Wrongful Termination?

The Great Resignation is a term used to describe the mass resignation of employees from their jobs. This is the nearly 3% of the American workforce that has chosen to leave their employment on their own accord.But you may be surprised to learn that there were an additional 1.4 million individuals who were either let go or laid off from their employment through no fault of their own.Every single day, people are terminated unfairly from their jobs and they face many obstacles to getting what is owed them. Most don't even try.What is a wrongful termination? How does the law handle wrongful termination? Is it difficult to prove you've been terminated wrongfully?No matter the circumstances, nobody ever wants to imagine getting terminated from their job and if you find yourself in this position, there are many things you should know that can help you.  What Is Wrongful Termination?Wrongful termination is a legal term referring to when an employer terminates the employment of a worker for a wrongful cause. This termination is deemed unlawful, unjustified or in violation of public policy.What qualifies as wrongful termination? In the simplest terms, the employer fired an employee for a reason that's considered illegal. There are several...

Wall Street litigation leads to important workplace reforms

Bank of America agreed on Friday to pay $39 million to women who worked in its Merrill Lynch brokerage operation, another costly settlement of a discrimination case filed by its employees.The agreement, filed Friday evening in a federal court in Brooklyn, was the second by the nation’s largest bank over 10 days. Last week, Merrill Lynch told a federal judge in Chicago that it would pay $160 million to settle an eight-year-old racial discrimination suit filed on behalf of 700 black brokers.With the new agreement, Merrill will have paid out nearly half a billion dollars to settle employee discrimination claims over the last 15 years.The case settled on Friday was originally brought by women who had worked in the brokerage division of Bank of America, but it was amended to include women who were brokers at Merrill Lynch after the bank bought Merrill. The money is expected to be divided among as many as 4,800 current and former employees of the two brokerage operations.Merrill, which has about 15,000 brokers worldwide, also agreed to change its policies to give women a better chance of succeeding. The firm will bring in an applied organizational psychologist to study some of its policies, particularly how teams of brokers...

Equal pay claims

The right of employees to be free from discrimination in their compensation is protected under several federal laws, including the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.The law against compensation discrimination includes all payments made to or on behalf employees as remuneration for employment. All forms of compensation are covered, including salary, overtime pay, bonuses, stock options, profit sharing and bonus plans, life insurance, vacation and holiday pay, cleaning or gasoline allowances, hotel accommodations, reimbursement for travel expenses, and benefits.Equal Pay ActThe Equal Pay Act requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work in the same establishment. The jobs need not be identical, but they must be substantially equal. It is job content, not job titles, that determines whether jobs are substantially equal. Specifically, the EPA provides that employers may not pay unequal wages to men and women who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility, and that are performed under similar working conditions within the same establishment. Each of these factors is summarized below:SkillMeasured by factors...