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Lawsuit accuses Google of gender-based income discrimination

A group of women has filed a class-action lawsuit against Google claiming that the technology giant's employment practices violate California law. Lawmakers in Sacramento amended the California Equal Pay Act in 2017 to forbid employers from using prior pay to set salaries, and they revised the state labor law again on Jan. 1 to stop companies even asking job applicants about how much they earned in their previous positions. The class-action lawsuit alleges that Google flouts this law and claims that women employed by the Mountain View-based company are paid significantly less than their male colleagues as a result.

Transgender woman sues Sam's Club

Workers in California are protected from discrimination at work by both state and federal laws. A transgender woman is suing Sam's Club alleging discrimination. According to court documents, she was fired from a North Carolina store after making repeated complaints about harassment.

Social media criticized for excluding older job seekers

A recently released study suggests that some of the largest employers in California and around the country use social media sites like Facebook to make their job listings available only to members of certain demographic groups. Online platforms allow advertisers to target their messages by screening for factors such as gender and age, but labor advocates say that using these filters when available jobs are being posted violates federal laws, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

How women experience harassment at work

Women in California and throughout the country may feel as if they are discriminated against in the workplace. That was one of the finding of a Pew Research poll of 4,914 adults conducted during July and August 2017. Specifically, 42 percent of respondents said that they were passed over for a job in favor of a male worker or paid less than a male worker in a similar position.

Job protection and accommodation rights for pregnant employees

Federal laws protect people in California from workplace discrimination during a pregnancy or illness. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act applies to organizations that employ 15 or more people. The law requires employers to treat pregnant employees the same as other people in regards to firing, hiring and promotion eligibility.

Lawsuit accuses Uber of discriminatory work practices

The California-based ride-sharing company Uber has been accused of gender and race-based workplace discrimination in a lawsuit. The litigation was filed by three Latina software engineers in San Francisco on Oct. 24. Reports indicate that the three engineers brought their concerns to the attention of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency before seeking civil remedies.

Legal issues surrounding spousal jealousy

Imagine a situation in which the wife of a company president doesn't want her husband working with female employees. It led one female employee to experience disparate treatment on the job in addition to termination from her job at a forklift dealer. California employees should know that this isn't necessarily a clear case of sex discrimination. In some cases, spousal jealousy can actually be a lawful reason for firing someone.

Disability discrimination in the workplace

According to a study conducted by researchers at the Center for Talent Innovation, 62 percent of workers in California and the rest of the nation have disabilities that are not visible to other people. Over a third of the study participants reported being subjected to discrimination, including the perception of not having the required skills for certain work tasks. Workers with invisible disabilities also deal with the assumption that they will take too long to complete a task.

Discrimination cases could look at treatment of other employees

Although the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the experience of other employees might be admissible as evidence in an individual workplace discrimination case, relevancy is a key factor. Employees in California trying to prove unfair treatment at work might gain admission of evidence about other employees if those people held similar positions, belonged to the same protected class or worked under the same supervisors or managers.

Facebook sued for age discrimination

On Sept. 22, Facebook was hit with an age discrimination lawsuit that was filed in California by a former employee. A representative for the social media website did not immediately issue a statement about the complaint, and it is unclear what the plaintiff's job title was.

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