Regular readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog will recall that back in June we wrote about the fight for pay equity waged by the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT). The team was then battling for another World Cup title on the field and equal pay off of the field. Since then, of course, the team led by Megan Rapinoe and former University of Wisconsin star Rose Lavelle won its fourth FIFA championship.
Many of our Milwaukee employment law blog readers arrive at this spot after a Google search. Unfortunately for the search-engine giant, its own name pops up in queries about age discrimination.
They came from around the world to work around the U.S. - including here in Milwaukee. Au pairs were brought in to take care of children and were often required to perform other household tasks such as cooking, cleaning and chauffeuring, among others.
Nearly a decade ago, a former waiter joined co-workers in a lawsuit against the owner of a restaurant where they all worked. The group of employees proved to the court that they were victims of wage theft, and had been illegally denied overtime pay and minimum wage. The good news: a federal judge ruled in favor of the two dozen workers, awarding them $1.5 million in damages. The bad news: the workers have been unable to “collect even a penny.”
The U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) started its defense of its World Cup title with a 13-0 thrashing of Thailand that included a pair of goals by former University of Wisconsin star, Rose Lavelle. As the USWNT has piled up goals and wins on the field, all 28 team members have pursued pay equity in a gender discrimination lawsuit off the field.
The firm began as WeWork nine years ago, providing shared work spaces to tech start-ups and others looking for ways to collaborate and save money on offices. After growing into other areas of business, WeWork recently changed its name to the We Company. "We are one," the company says on its website, proclaiming that its mission is to "elevate the world's consciousness."
When a woman learns that she is pregnant, it can be one of the most joyous occasions in life. Unfortunately, there are some employers who believe pregnant workers are likely to harm their businesses, so they will try to rid their company of the employees by treating them poorly, denying them opportunities for advancement or even finding excuses to fire them.
Few things make people sit up and notice as they do when a celebrity speaks out. News outlets across Milwaukee and the nation recently paid strict attention when singer Taylor Swift penned a letter to her senator in support of the Equality Act. The measure just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would amend Title VII by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of prohibited forms of discrimination in the workplace and housing, among other things.
If you drive west of Milwaukee on Interstate 94 for about 90 miles, you'll arrive in Middleton. The Madison suburb calls itself "The Good Neighbor City," but a former high school employee says she was subjected to racial discrimination and retaliation there.
Though it is popular throughout much of the Midwest, the Steak 'n Shake fast food chain has had mixed success here in Wisconsin. Franchises in various locations near Milwaukee and around the state have opened in recent years, but later closed.