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Know your rights: A breastfeeding mom's guide to pumping at work


There are federal and state laws that protect women who need to pump at work. “The protection is part of the Affordable Care Act, which went into effect in 2010, which amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, and required employers give women a reasonable break period in order to express milk,” Paula Brantner, senior advisor at Workplace Fairness, told TODAY.

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Stop & Shop workers win pay, benefits concessions after 11-day strike

Alan Pyke

Supreme Court will decide if it is legal to fire someone for being LGBTQ

Ian Millhiser

NFL is working the refs to keep ex-players from claiming share of concussion settlement

Lindsay Gibbs

Breanna Stewart’s injury adds another layer of urgency to WNBA collective bargaining negotiations

Lindsay Gibbs

Corporate tax cuts didn't trickle down

Laura Clawson

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Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela

Held that parties do not consent to classwide arbitration if the agreement is ambiguous on that point. An employer sought to block an employee from proceeding with a proposed class action lawsuit and instead force his claims into individual arbitration. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed that the employer had the right to do this, because the arbitration agreement was ambiguous about the availability of classwide arbitration. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the 5-4 Court.

O'Daniel v. Industrial Service Solutions

Upheld a human resources manager's termination for her rant on Facebook about gender identity and the use of bathrooms. She claimed that she was unlawfully fired for being heterosexual and engaging in "pro-heterosexual speech." However, the Fifth Circuit affirmed dismissal of her Title VII retaliation and Louisiana law claims.

April 26, 2019

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Opinion: How women are transforming organized labor

Supreme Court to rule whether civil rights law bans discrimination against LGBTQ employees

Opinion: Paying women less than men for substantially similar work is wage theft

The labor-rights activist who helped win 2 million US caregivers higher wages warns that robots aren't the real threat to workers

Know your rights: A breastfeeding mom's guide to pumping at work

Employers and Unions Talk Retraining, Just Not in Contracts

Ann Arbor Coffee Chain Baristas Say They’re Being Laid Off After Unionizing

Why big business is giving up its fight against a higher minimum wage

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