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Seasons 52 pays $3 million to settle age discrimination lawsuit

Older California workers are protected from age discrimination by state and federal laws. However, some companies still purposely hire a disproportionate number of younger workers, leaving themselves vulnerable to legal action.

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.

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.

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