Starbucks’ Grand(e) Idea: Freshly Brewed Union-Busting

Associate Member Chris Colloton examines Starbucks’ most recent decision to boost benefits for its non-union workforce, a move that comes as support for labor unions is at a nearly 60-year high. Colloton argues that the coffee giant’s less-than-subtle efforts to dissuade its employees from unionizing may expose itself to potential liability under U.S. labor law.

Lack of Consideration Could Lead to Lack of Protection

Author: Brynn Stylinski, Contributing Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review Discrimination and equal pay have been brought back into the public eye through recent celebrity revelations of huge disparities between the salaries of actors and actresses and the boycott of the Oscars by several stars. These issues have long been a part of our society,... Continue Reading →

When is it legal for an employer to discriminate in their hiring practices based on a Bona Fide Occupation Qualification?

Author: Stephanie Scott, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review Although it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on the individual’s sex, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 allows employers an exception when employment discrimination is based on a "bona fide occupational qualification” (BFOQ). Courts have upheld... Continue Reading →

Should States Preempt Local Governments from Passing Higher Minimum Wage Ordinances?

Author: Stephanie Scott, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review  While the federal government sets a minimum wage that is the nationwide “floor,” many state legislatures have passed their own laws requiring a minimum wage above the federal minimum. Recently, individual cities and localities have further tried to account for inflation and higher-cost living expenses... Continue Reading →

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