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The 5 Most Tragic Claims In A Cheerleader’s Lawsuit Against The Oakland Raiders

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Who knew? Life as a professional cheerleader can be a struggle. Lacey T, a 27-year-old Oakland Raiders cheerleader, filed a lawsuit against her team yesterday for wage theft and unfair labor practices. Her lawsuit is on behalf of all 40 Raiderettes, who earn only $1,250 annually. Some of her grievances are as follows: Keep reading »

Hate Your Job? This App Will Send A Breakup Text To Your Boss

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Technology! Ain’t it grand? A new app called Quit Your Job will, yes, quit your job for you and it will do the whole thing via text. Seriously.

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Tiger Mom Is Back To Explain Why You’re Inferior

The last time we checked in with “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, she had just published a book, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother, which argued that strict Chinese-style “tiger mother” parenting is superior to permissive, indulgent Western parenting. The Yale professor explained how her two daughters were never allowed playdates or sleepovers and were punished for not practicing music and studying constantly. She was successful, sort of: one daughter, Sophia, performed in Carnegie Hall at age 14 and is now a junior at Harvard.

Anyway, Amy Chua made a big kerfluffle in the media and sold lots of books. Now she and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, who is also a media professor, are back with a new book. In The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain The Rise And Fall Of Cultural Groups In America, they argue that there are eight ethnic/cultural/religious groups who are the most successful in American society.

They are, in no particular order, Chinese, Jewish, Mormon, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese-American, Cuban exiles and Nigerian.  Keep reading »

Yes, The Workplace Is Still Kinda Sexist — But We’re Getting There!

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Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century?

According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to create workplace equality. The pay gap is narrowing and women have a better shot at high-level employment than they once did, but that doesn’t mean the playing field is level just yet. Not surprisingly, lots of young women are just as skeptical about workplace equality as their moms and grandmothers were. Keep reading »

Want To Pretend Your Computer’s Broken And Leave Work Early? There’s A “Happy Hour Virus” For That!

Happy Hour Virus

It’s 3:30. The afternoon is draaaaagggggiiinnnggg. Your coworker won’t stop clearing his throat. If you look at one more spreadsheet, your eyes will fall out of your head. There’s a bar down the street with 2-for-1 Coronas calling your name, but you need a rock solid excuse for cutting out early. That’s where the “Happy Hour Virus” comes in. Just go to the Happy Hour Virus website, choose a type of broken computer screen to simulate (choices include “kernel panic,” “broken monitor,” and “blue screen of death”), and voila: your computer will instantly “break,” allowing you to throw your hands up in exasperation, pack up you stuff, and head to happy hour. When you come back to work the next day, just hit the escape key to “fix” your computer and resume working — at least, until the next happy hour. [On The Media]

Debate This: Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

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Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Global law firm Clifford Chance is under fire for distributing a five-page memo to female employees with specific dress code critiques and advice for how to conduct themselves professionally.  Not surprisingly, the firm is now being criticized for a “sexist” focus on only their female employees.

I don’t disagree that a focus soley on the behavior and appearance of only female employees is sexist. Specific pieces of the advice are problematic.

But taken all together, is the advice Clifford Chance gave to its female employees wrong or bad? Nope. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Yelp Reviewers Sue Because They Are “Unpaid Writers”

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Plenty of people write Internet comments, especially if they found a dead fly in their guacamole. But some Yelp reviewers want payment for their “writing,” which they claim is integral to the site’s success. A California class action lawsuit filed by a group of reviewers says they are actually unpaid employees. Yelp is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, they claim, because the site “could not exist, nor make its enormous returns, without its domination and control over non-wage writers.” They even call the site a “slave ship.” Seriously?  Keep reading »

This Woman Blames 20 Years Of Unemployment On A “Shoe Allergy”

UK woman Tracy Kenny, who has been collecting unemployment for the last 20 years, has been deemed fit to work once again by the government. But the 45-year-old mother of four says that is absolutely impossible due to her “shoe allergy.” Keep reading »

How An Email Becomes A Life Or Death Situation

Stress At Work Is Making Us Feel Like Our Lives Are In Danger

You’re sitting in your cubicle at work and you get an email from your boss asking you if you [insert task pertinent to your line of work here]. Your heart plummets into your stomach. Your worst fears are confirmed. You fucked up. You start to sweat. shake, hyperventilate. You briefly consider leaving everything you know behind and joining one of those alternative communities where you can live off the grid and hunt for your own food just so you don’t have to write back to your boss and admit, NO, you have not yet finished the [insert task pertinent to your line of work here]. There’s a part of your rational mind that recognizes, YES, your reaction is insane because this is a one-sentence email we’re talking about here. Maybe your boss’ tone wasn’t meant to be accusatory/condescending/condemning/shaming/the pre-cursor to getting fired. You know that your mother would tell you that you’re overreacting and need to pull yourself together. Still, in that moment you’re pretty sure that this email is the make-it-or-break-it moment of your entire life. And it’s only 10:30 a.m. on a Monday. It’s going to be a loooong week. Sound familiar?  Keep reading »

Company Responds To “I Quit” Dance Video With Their Own Dance Video, Leading Me To Believe This Is All A PR Stunt

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Taiwanese Animation Company Responds

Believe me, I want to believe as much as the next cubicle monkey that this woman who quit her job via a video of her doing an interpretive dance to Kanye West’s song “Gone” is real. I have wanted to go out in a blaze of glory at so, so many jobs. But now that the very same Taiwanese animation company which supposedly employed Marina Shifrin — who, by the way, is a comedian — have responded with their own video, I find it increasingly less likely this whole thing is real. Isn’t this just a massive PR stunt? These people make viral videos for a living. Watch Next Media Animation’s “response” video and tell me you don’t agree with me. [YouTube]

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