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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.

3 restaurant workers sue Trump International Hotel for racism

California workers who are experiencing racial discrimination might sympathize with the allegations made by three black restaurant workers who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Trump International Hotel. Their court filings indicate that management gave them undesirable shifts, mistreated them and allowed racist comments to go unchallenged.

Signs ageism might be present in the workplace

While most California businesses do not actively try to discriminate against older workers, ageism can be particularly difficult to spot for those who are not being discriminated against. Regardless, ageism can be a major issue for employees as it can cause workers to mentally disengage from their jobs or even leave the workplace. Because losing workers with valuable skills and experience can cause problems for businesses, employers should be aware of the signs of ageism so that they can put a stop to it.

Workers continue to face racial discrimination on the job

Employment discrimination isn't a thing of the past for black and Latino workers in California and throughout the United States. Research has shown that these minority groups continue to face unfair and inequitable circumstances in the workplace that can seem insurmountable at times.

LGBTQ group petitions Supreme Court about workplace rights

California has been an epicenter for the development of rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Lambda Legal, a group that advocates for LGBTQ rights, has partnered with the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic to petition the Supreme Court of the United States. They want the justices to review a decision from a federal appeals court that interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as not preventing discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals at work.

The pay gap and African-American women

In California and throughout the country, African-American women in general make less money than both white and black men. Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which this year took place on July 31, tries to increase awareness about this issue. The day is chosen to represent the fact that it takes 19 months for the average pay of black women to catch up to the average pay of white non-Hispanic men. This is a few months longer than it takes white women on average to catch up.

DOJ says no employment protection based on sexual orientation

While the state of California offers protection to employees who face discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, this protection may be eroding for employees nationwide who do not live in states with the same protection. On July 26, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in a case that a former skydiving instructor brought against his employer alleging he had been fired because of his sexual orientation.

Major sporting goods retailer sued for racial harassment

One of the biggest sporting goods retailers in California and across the western part of the country is facing a lawsuit alleging racial harassment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has accused Big 5 Sporting Goods of allowing racial harassment and retaliatory discipline against a Black employee training to become a manager.

Justice Department says no discrimination in gay firing case

The LGBTQ communities of California and the rest of the nation do not have specific protection under employment law, according to the Justice Department. The department stepped into a civil discrimination lawsuit in July to give its opinion to the question of whether sex discrimination includes sexual orientation discrimination.

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