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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.

Former NFL cheerleader files EEOC discrimination complaint

Employers in California and around the country are expected to comply with all state and federal civil rights laws, and workers who feel that they have been treated unfairly based on their gender, national origin, religion or race can file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. One such complaint was submitted recently by a former member of the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad who claims that she was required to follow highly restrictive rules that did not apply to the male players.

Court rules transgender workers protected against discrimination

California employees who identify as transgender may be interested to learn that on March 7, a federal judge ruled that a Detroit funeral home that terminated a funeral director for transitioning violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision extends the protections of Title VII. This law already prevented employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of religion, race, sex or national origin.

Woman suing employer for disability discrimination

Chobani brand yogurt is sold in supermarkets in California and around the company. The company producing the food has been the target of three lawsuits from employees alleging discrimination. In the most recent case, a woman has claimed that her request for workplace accommodations for her disability led to her dismissal. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has deemed her lawsuit worthy of advancing to trial.

What makes a workplace toxic and potentially unlawful?

Employees are undoubtedly under the authority of those in charge of their workplace. It is a known power imbalance that you agree to when you decide to submit to a new job offer. However, there are differences between what is considered a toxic place to work and when it crosses the line into unlawful acts.

Lawsuit against TBS alleges racial discrimination

When California residents watch a television channel, they have little way to know what goes on behind the cameras. A lawsuit filed by a black female former employee of Turner Broadcasting System sheds some light on what she alleges went on throughout the organization. According to her complaint, the 13-year veteran of the cable channel said that her employer passed her over for a promotion to a senior management position although her work history qualified her for the job. The employer instead promoted a white man with allegedly inferior qualifications.

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.

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