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November 2014 Archives

Appeals Nurse Consultant Files Collective Action Overtime Lawsuit

On November 14, 2014, an Aetna Inc. employee filed a collective action overtime lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut to recover unpaid overtime wages from her employer. Aetna is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, providing health insurance benefits under health maintenance organization (HMO), Private Fee-For-Service (PFFS), and preferred provider organization (PPO) plans.

Street Harassment is Sexual Harassment

Over 32 million people have viewed a video posted on YouTube last week that shows the catcalls and comments that one woman received when she walked around New York City while being videotaped from a camera hidden in a colleague's backpack. In the period of ten hours, the woman - who was dressed in jeans and a crewneck and who didn't speak or make eye contact with passersby - nonetheless received over 100 comments, most along the lines of: "hey Beautiful!" "Hey baby!" and other allusions to her appearance and sexuality. The "compliments" often turned to anger when she didn't respond or failed to acknowledge the men making the catcalls.

Michigan Enacts the Human Trafficking Victims Compensation Act

On October 15, 2014, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Human Trafficking Victims Compensation Act, 2014 Public Act 339. As part of a powerful package of anti-trafficking bills championed by Senator Judy Emmons and sponsored by legislators on both sides of the aisle, the Act empowers survivors to seek damages from offenders in civil court for a broad range of physical, emotional, psychological and economic harm, including:

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