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April 2018 Archives

Whistleblowers who are terminated may choose to file suits

A former university vice chancellor in another state recently claimed that he wrongfully lost his job for calling attention to the school chancellor's luxury automobile, among other things. He has thus filed a whistleblower suit against the university as well as the chancellor himself. Whistleblowers in the Bay Area likewise have the right to file lawsuits if they are wrongfully terminated for speaking up about illegal or unethical goings-on in their companies.

Former cheerleader pursues complaint against NFL team

California residents may have heard about an NFL cheerleader alleging that she was discriminated against by her employer. The woman worked for the Miami Dolphins for three seasons until 2017, and she specifically alleged that the discrimination was based on her gender and religious faith. She said in her complaint to the Florida Commission on Human Relations that the harassment created a hostile working environment.

California may adopt new workplace sexual harassment laws

Three bills dealing with workplace sexual harassment are under consideration in the California legislature. SB-1343 will update the law that requires workplaces where at least 50 people work to give supervisors sexual harassment training within six months of the supervisor beginning the job and then every two years. It will require companies that have at least five employees to train all employees in sexual harassment by Jan. 1, 2020. This will need to be at least two hours of training every two years. Furthermore, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing will be required to develop a two-hour training program that employers have the option to use.

Sexual harassment suit filed against family fun center

A former family fun center waitress in another state recently claimed that she was sexually harassed while on the job. The woman has therefore filed a lawsuit against the entertainment business, seeking damages. Likewise, individuals in the Bay Area who experience workplace sexual harassment have the right to seek to hold their harassers accountable.

Former Starbucks employee alleges pregnancy discrimination

A former barista of Starbucks Corp. in California recently claimed that she was fired because she was pregnant and also because she is black. As a result, she has filed a lawsuit against the coffee shop. Anyone in the Bay Area who feels that she has been a victim of pregnancy discrimination has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

Signs of racism in the workplace

Racial discrimination can happen in any workplace. It can surface in blatant ways such as being terminated for no apparent reason other than the color of your skin, or in subtle ways such as not being invited to a gathering with work colleagues. Although such cruel and illegal behavior continues to occur, it must not be tolerated.

Workers face discrimination for pregnancy and breastfeeding

Examples of discrimination against parents in workplaces in California and nationwide are not hard to find. Although people might expect the Family Medical Leave Act to provide job protections for pregnancy, birth and caring for family members, the law only applies to about 60 percent of employees. Employers routinely deny workplace accommodations to pregnant or breastfeeding women or punish them for taking leave.

Fighting back against wage discrimination

The ongoing gender pay gap can have a material impact on women workers in California as well as their entire families. According to the Institute of Women's Policy Research, women earn 80.5 cents for every dollar that men earn at the workplace. April 10 marks Equal Pay Day, commemorated annually to highlight that women in the United States must work 15 months to earn the same amount that men make in just one year. Of course, the impact of the gender pay gap is compounded by the intersection with race.

Target agrees to settle lawsuit over job background checks

California job seekers may be interested to learn that Target has agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleged its employment background check policy discriminates against African-American and Latino applicants. If the deal is approved by a New York federal court, the retailer will pay $3.7 million and offer priority job placement to those who were wrongly denied employment due to criminal screenings.

Report says IBM engaged in age discrimination

California tech workers may be interested to learn about a new report that alleges IBM let go 20,000 employees as part of widespread age discrimination. The report says that IBM decided to switch its focus since it was lagging behind competitors, and as part of that change, it focused on getting more millennials in its workforce.

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