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Overtime salary threshold change can benefit workers

Some Massachusetts workers may be pleased to hear about a new federal regulation requiring that more workers receive overtime pay if they work over 40 hours a week. The National Labor Relations Act defines exempt workers, those not covered by the law's wage and hour provisions, as those who make at least a certain salary and also have a high level of independent judgment or management responsibilities in their roles. Originally intended to classify professional workers and management staff, the exempt classification has been used by many companies to avoid overtime pay for relatively low-wage workers who are often highly directed by others.

What the EEOC may do to help workers

Individuals in Massachusetts who have been harassed or discriminated against at work may be able to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If a claim is successful, a person may be able to obtain financial compensation as well as reinstatement to a position. Individuals who were bypassed for a job could be entitled to that position or a similar one. Similar positions are those that have mostly the same duties or responsibilities as those an individual lost out on.

Woman sues employer for firing her after attending pride parade

Despite advances in legal rights for the LGBT community in Massachusetts, people continue to endure discrimination at work, like the transgender woman currently suing Circle K. Her lawsuit against the convenience store location that employed her seeks compensation for lost pay, benefits, emotional distress and legal costs. The 26-year-old woman reportedly lost her job after taking a day off to attend a pride parade in her neighborhood.

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