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Can an Employer Make You Agree Not to Sue for Age Bias?

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

WorkMost employers realize that age is not a legal – or valid – reason to terminate an employee. That doesn’t stop some companies from trying to circumvent the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) by asking terminated employees to sign waivers that promise never to sue for age discrimination. That’s what happened to Robert Fisk, an underground miner for Colorado’s Mountain Coal Co. Laying off Fisk, an eight-year employee, in 2009, MCC required him to sign a waiver to …

Judge’s Surprise Ruling on Age Discrimination

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkImagine that you are terminated from your job. You’re in your 60s. You know that it’s going to be hard to find new work. You consider filing an age-discrimination complaint. But your employer says that it’s just eliminating your position, not discriminating against you because of your age. That means your employer is acting legally, right? Well, maybe not, a federal appeals court ruled last month. In 2011, James Pierson was fired from his job as facilities manager at the …

Firing of Times Editor Fuels Equal Pay Debate

Posted on 05/16/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | WorkThe abrupt firing this week of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, once again puts a spotlight on unequal pay between men and women doing similar jobs, as details continue to leak. The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta provided some Times salary numbers. When Abramson became executive editor in 2011, her salary was $475,000, or $84,000 less than her male predecessor’s pay that year, Auletta reports.  Also, during the three years she served as Washington bureau chief, she made $100,000 …

Was Fired New York Times Editor Paid Less Than a Man?

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

WorkIt’s not just women toiling away in middle management or other low-profile positions who apparently are paid less than men. Jill Abramson, fired yesterday as executive editor of the New York Times — a position she had held since 2011 and the first woman ever in that spot — reportedly just weeks ago found out that her pay and pension benefits were much less than her male predecessor’s. She balked, and, according to the New Yorker, the pay gap was …

NY Times Ousts Abramson, First Woman Editor

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |General News | Comments

WorkBy the Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times has announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job. The company didn’t give a reason for the change. Abramson and Baquet had both been in their current positions since September 2011. Baquet, who would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper‘s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in …

IBM Halts Practice of Disclosing Ages of Fired Workers

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkAt IBM, older workers who believe they were fired because of their age may have a harder time proving their claim under a new company policy, Bloomberg News reports. The New York-based tech company is no longer providing fired workers over age 40 with the ages and job titles of other older workers dismissed in a group layoff, the report said. That disclosure is important because it helps fired employees assess whether IBM has potentially demonstrated a pattern of age discrimination …