On May 25, 2017, the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 was introduced in the House. The Act, if passed, would raise the minimum wage to $15 in phases over the next 7 years. The first increase would be an immediate increase from $7.25 to $9.25 per hour.
Last week Governor Inslee signed into law the “Healthy Starts Act,” which is aimed at promoting healthy outcomes for pregnant women and newborns. The law includes new protections for pregnant workers. Starting on July 23, 2017, it is an unfair business practice for any employer with 15 or more employees to: Fail or refuse to… Continue reading Washington State Enacts New Protections for Pregnant Employees
The Oregon Senate passed a bill yesterday that addresses pay disparities between protected classes. The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (House Bill 2005) provides that it is an unlawful employment practice to: Discriminate between employees on the basis of a protected class in the payment of wages or other compensation for work of comparable… Continue reading Oregon Proposed Equal Pay Legislation
Since July 2015, the EEOC has taken the position that Title VII forbids “any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation” and that the protections provided by Title VII “apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws.” This spring, the issue has been addressed by three different Courts of Appeals: the Eleventh,… Continue reading Title VII and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation