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3 things you should know about New Jersey's Equal Pay Act

Despite the fact that it's no longer unusual for a woman to be the major breadwinner in her family -- or even the sole supporter -- there's still a significant gap between what women make on the job and what their male counterparts make. It's about 20 percent -- which translates into billions of dollars in earnings that women across the nation are denied.

New Jersey is aiming to change that through an amendment to its anti-discrimination laws known as the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act. The Act took effect on July 1, 2018, and it has a significant impact on more than just women. It takes some big steps that give anyone suffering wage discrimination more rights.

What are the 6 main causes of car accidents?

Science is getting better and better at understanding human behavior. It has also gotten better at predicting what causes car accidents.

A multitude of driving studies in recent years has given new insights into the main causes of car accidents. They are:

Phrase letters of complaint about workplace bullying carefully

Workplace bullies come in all shapes and sizes -- but complaining to human resources or a boss about a bully has to be done carefully. Otherwise, you might be the person who ends up fired -- just for complaining!

Here's the most critical thing that you need to understand about workplace bullying: There is no law against it if it's just general bad behavior. You are only legally protected from bullying as long as you are being targeted due to your race, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Those are the categories that are legally protected from intimidation and harassment.

Spotting age discrimination in the workplace

If you've reached the age where you think more about your plans for retirement than you do your next career move, you may be looking forward to the stability your age brings to your life at work.

Unfortunately, your time left on the job may end up being shorter than you anticipate -- particularly if your employer has an idea that it would be better for the company to move older employees "out of the way" of newer, younger employees.

The sexual harassment of flight attendants

Most people probably think that the rampant sexualization of airline workers went out around the time "flight attendant" replaced the term "stewardess."

Unfortunately, flight attendants are frequently targeted for sexual harassment even today. In fact, 68 percent of flight attendants say that they have experienced sexual harassment from passengers several times in their careers.

Why do doctors keep missing heart attacks in women?

Women are at a significant risk of death from heart disease, yet doctors often mistake the symptoms of heart attacks in women for other conditions.

Why? Since heart disease is what kills one out of every four women, how can doctors keep overlooking such a common condition?

New Jersey employers not required to allow medical marijuana

If you use medical marijuana in New Jersey, there's some distressing news you should hear. Despite its legalization under state law, your use of medical marijuana isn't afforded any protections under the state's anti-discrimination laws.

A recent case in federal court addressed the issue. A New Jersey forklift operator alleged that he was using medical marijuana to control pain from an old injury. He was honest about his use of the drug with his employer when he was initially hired on by the company, and he worked six years without an incident -- or any apparent problem on the company's part.

How do you protect yourself if you're about to be fired?

Most people have some idea that they're about to be fired before it actually happens. If you feel like you're about to receive your pink slip any day now, is there anything you can do?

The bad news is that there's probably nothing you can do to prevent yourself from being fired. The good news is that there are steps you can take to put yourself in the best possible position for recovery -- especially if you think that your termination is unfair or unlawful.

Sexual harassment and the restaurant industry

If you work in the restaurant industry, it probably doesn't surprise you to learn that incidents of sexual harassment are commonplace. Little seems to be changing despite all the focus in recent years on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Why is sexual harassment among restaurant employees so common? There are a number of reasons that may contribute to this:

  • There is a pro-customer mentality that tends to overlook bad behavior for the sake of business.
  • Many of the employees are low-paid workers who rely on tips, which encourages them to be compliant, despite abuses.
  • Many servers are also young, which makes them more likely to be unsure how to respond to incidents of harassment and less assertive.
  • In establishments that serve alcohol, some customers use that as an excuse to act in abusive ways.
  • Managers, chefs and owners have a tremendous amount of control over the day-to-day operations, which can be intimidating and cause employees to fear retaliation if they speak up.
  • There's a gender imbalance in many restaurants, with males making up much of management and females making up much of the staff -- which also creates a power imbalance divided by gender.

Unsure if you face discrimination at work? Ask these questions

How do you know if you're the victim of racial discrimination at work? An openly racist boss or group of co-workers may make the issue obvious -- but those are rarer than the bosses and co-workers who act in subtler ways.

For many, the fact that they're already uncomfortable at work can be compounded by comments like, "You're too sensitive," and "You can't take a joke." Comments like that make it sound like you -- the victim -- are somehow at fault for the racial tension in the office.

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