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SJC approves fee award to plaintiffs' lawyers in wage settlement

The Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed a lower court's decision to award attorneys' fees of $16,153 to the plaintiffs' lawyers in a case where the plaintiffs privately settled their wage claims against the defendants. 

Discrimination lawsuit filed against Oracle

The tech industry in Massachusetts and all over the country continues to face claims of discrimination against women and minorities. According to a complaint filed by the Department of Labor, discriminatory practices at leading tech company Oracle have cost black, Asian and female employees more than $400 million in lost wages over a four-year period.

The complaint alleges that Oracle created two main pathways through which the company discriminated against employees. The first pathway based employees' initial pay rate on their prior salaries, and the second funneled certain employees into less lucrative career paths. Oracle was also found to be "highly discriminatory" in its college and university hiring practices. Of 500 recent graduate new hires, 90 percent were Asian although Asians only made up 65 percent of the hiring pool. In addition, the company demonstrated a preference for Asian visa holders.

When tipped employees don't get their tips

The Boston Globe recently ran a story about Cultivar - a popular Downtown Boston restaurant - and how it failed to pay wages and tips to its servers and bartenders, including by issuing paychecks that bounced and by failing to pay them their tips.

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