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The UK is in the middle of a flexible working revolution. But while flexible working is on the rise for a large portion of the UK’s workforce, there’s a vital segment that is being left out in the cold and getting a raw deal when it comes to opening up greater flexibility in their work… View Article
Wesley Wernecke, an ex-employee of New York event planning company Eventique, claims in his recently filed suit that the company intentionally alienated him, ostracized him and shut him out of the business after its CEO learned Wernecke was gay.
NBC News shares the details of the allegations in Wernecke’s lawsuit.
Wernecke had just begun to work for Eventique …when [CEO Henry Liron] David began to push him out of his role … .
A week after he was hired, Wernecke’s co-workers commented on his “girly” engagement ring. When a co-worker asked if his wife wore a similar ring, Wernecke replied that his partner, Evan, did.
From that point on, tension developed between Wernecke and his co-workers and David that had not existed before, according to the complaint.
In the interim months, the complaint alleges, Wernecke was ostracized and excluded from professional meetings and office social events, passed over for assignments with large commissions and subject to discriminatory remarks.
David … would exclude Wernecke from company lunches and frequent after-work drinks with “the fellas” in his office, the lawsuit states, and at one point, David gave an account Wernecke had been working on to another employee without consulting Wernecke.
These allegations, however, are the least of Eventique’s problems. According to Wernecke’s lawsuit, David significantly cut his salary (from $145,000 to $58,000.) David’s justification (again, according to the lawsuit): so that Wernecke’s pay would be on par with “the other females in the office.”
That’s not just an admission of sex discrimination against Wernecke, but also an admission of wage discrimination against the company’s female employees.
My advice to Eventique? Get out ahead of this issue, conduct a pay equity audit as soon as possible, and adjust salaries and wages as needed. Because if I’m a woman working at Eventique, I’m interviewing employment lawyers this week.
My gut, however, tells me that if a CEO is brazen enough to (allegedly) make those statements, he’s brazen enough to take this lawsuit head on.
Draftkings, is probably best-known for its fantasy sports contests – football or soccer if you’re in the UK, basketball and even tennis are just some of the sports they offer fantasy leagues in. So having fans of your company is probably one of the easiest ways to hire the best talent. Jason Jones is the… View Article
If you are a small business owner finding the perfect candidate to fill a position can be time-consuming and very expensive, but it doesn’t have to me. Due to the fact that small business has a much smaller budget than major corporations, it is likely that you will find yourself in competition with other businesses… View Article
If women have the chance to stay in their tech jobs and advance in their careers, many of them will find they’ll enjoy the work they do, reap the rewards of their labor and find a suitable work/life balance, reveals a Capital One survey that examines why women stay in tech jobs and why they bolt.