American job layoffs skyrocket with workers citing improper dismissals. Former employees from Dell are suing the computer giant alleging age and sex discrimination.
Daytona Beach, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–The New York Times reported on Monday, corporate layoffs are skyrocketing and Americans are finding themselves unjustly, unfairly and improperly dismissed. Former employees from major U.S. banking institutions and Wall Street giants are seeking help from the federal government and employment lawyers. Employees who feel they have been discriminated against by their employers must file a claim with the federal government. In 2008 there was a 15% jump in federal claims and legal experts predict those numbers to skyrocket. With job layoffs in the hundreds of thousands and executives remaining employed, employees are asking the civil justice system to help maintain their workers’ rights.
Former employees from Dell are suing the computer giant alleging age and sex discrimination. Former employees for Lehman Brothers claim they were not given the required 60 days notice, under federal law, before being laid off. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, known as the Warn Act, was enacted into law in 1989, requiring an employer give workers 60 days’ notice before letting them go.
President Obama recently signed legislation last Thursday to overturn a Supreme Court’s decision against a former Goodyear Tire and Rubber company worker. Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear citing she worked for the company for years while being paid significantly less then her fellow male employees. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 against her sex discrimination lawsuit stating she needed to bring her claim within 180 days of Goodyears’ initial decision to pay her less than her male colleagues. This reversal by President Obama may give way to a renewal of workers’ rights in America.
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