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January 2014 Archives

'Desperate Housewives' star's wrongful termination suit

If you were a fan of "Desperate Housewives," then you might have noticed that Nichollette Sheridan was no longer on the series after appearing in four seasons of the show. The initial wrongful termination case in California ended in a mistrial, but now it's been allowed to reopen as the judge reversed his own decision this month.

California attorney claims wrongful termination

According to Jan. 8 reports, the Lakeport City Council has rejected a claim from the former city attorney. The claim stated that he believed he was wrongfully discharged and that the city was in breach of contract. Now, the council has rejected the claim, stating that the 56-year-old man who served as the city's attorney for 30 years was fired for reasons that can't be disclosed to the public.

Racial descrimination leads to lawsuit in California

At work, the most anyone can ask for is to be treated fairly and to get the same benefits as everyone else. Race discrimination is very serious in the workplace, and in this report about Oracle, one director claims that a lower salary was offered just because a worker was an Indian. According to the news, when the man decided that he wanted to bring an Oracle employee working in India to California, his company told him to offer $50,000, which was supposedly "good money for an Indian."

California man fights against age discrimination

When you've been working for a company for a number of years, the last thing you want to have to worry about is age discrimination. Age discrimination could result in your being let go only due to your age, even though you have more experience than others. Or, you may not be able to get hired. In this case, a man is claiming that the school district he worked for in La Mesa, California, passed him over for a promotion due to his age and retaliation.

Former city employee alleges age discrimination in Burbank

A former employee of the City of Burbank is suing the city, claiming that he was pushed out of his job because of his age after he took a medical leave of absence following back surgery. The 61-year-old plaintiff contends in his wrongful termination action that the city discriminates against employees who are over 40. He also claims that he suffered retaliation after he took his complaint of discrimination to California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

More than 5,000 reports of sexual assaults in military for 2013

The military has always been known for being a closed institution. There are things that occur every day that the public doesn't know about or understand. However, in 2013 there were many high-profile sexual assaults, arrests and scandals involving the military.

Ex-fire chief's discrimination suit settled

A gender and sexual orientation discrimination case between one woman and the city of Monterey Park has been settled. The April 2011 suit alleged that the woman was harassed, suffered disparate treatment and was eventually forced out of her job as a fire chief.

Is it harder to prove pregnancy discrimination in California now?

When a woman is fired because she is pregnant, it is against the law, not only in California, but throughout the nation. However, is it becoming harder for the allegation of pregnancy discrimination to stand up as a reason for a wrongful termination lawsuit? It may be.

Wage-and-hour litigation cases on the rise

California workers may be interested to know about some recent research which revealed that many employment law cases are taking a specific route. Wage and hour cases, which relate to the classification of workers and the loss of wages due to that misclassification, unpaid overtime or other issues involving pay are becoming more common. The Wall Street Journal cited data claiming that these types of cases increased 10 percent in 2013 over 2012 numbers.

Jury awards millions for age discrimination

A recent case in California had a favorable result for four former servers who alleged that they were terminated due to their age. Often, employers use job performance issues as their defense in age discrimination suits. In this case, the servers claimed that they faced wrongful termination when new employers took over the restaurant, and that their vacated positions were filled by servers in their 20s.

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