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April 2015 Archives

Common sexual harassment myths

Many California employees may believe some common myths about what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace. For example, temporary or contract workers may think they are not protected from sexual harassment in the same way that other workers are. However, this is not the case. Anyone performing work for a company has equal protection along with regular employees.

Investigation finds workplace discrimination at UCLA

According to a letter distributed to research center staff at the University of California, Los Angeles, in March, some men working at the Alzheimer's disease research laboratory, part of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, created hostile conditions for three female workers. An outside investigator had been brought in to address allegations of discrimination and found that the harassment had been going on for 10 years.

2 California women bring discrimination lawsuit against Raley's

On April 9, a team of discrimination lawyers from national organizations such as Equal Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of one former and one current employee of the grocery chain Raley's, who claim their stores discriminated against them for being pregnant. The 30-year-old and 19-year-old women in the case were both asked by their store managers to take leave after they informed them that they were pregnant. The 30-year-old, who was employed at the bakery of a West Sacramento Store, allegedly gave her manager a note stating she could not lift over 10 pounds on July 11, 2013, and her manager informed her she had to take leave that same day.

Army woman wins gender identity discrimination case

California residents may be interested to learn that, on April 1, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that a transgender woman was protected against gender-based harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The woman filed a lawsuit against the Army after she was subjected to embarrassment and ridicule due to gender identity.

Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace

Most California employers are aware that sexual harassment can be extremely detrimental to both employees and the business itself. Sexual harassment can occur at all levels. In some cases, employees may sexually harass other employees, and in others managers may sexually harass employees. However, according to a recent article, there are a number of things that employers can do to protect employees from sexual harassment.

How Can You Fight Unlawful Labor Practices? Read Our White Paper

Several months ago, we published our most recent white paper, "Power In Numbers: California Wage And Hour Class Actions." We want to draw attention to the most basic labor law violations that deprive many Californians of income they have rightfully earned.

Businesses against raising the minimum wage

California residents may be aware that Oakland increased the minimum wage in the city to $12.25 per hour on March 1. The decision was prompted by widespread public support and it followed similar moves in San Francisco and Seattle. Small business owners are among the most vocal opponents of increasing the minimum wage, and 223 Oakland entrepreneurs have answered questions from the Employment Policies Institute about how the $12.25 hourly rate has impacted their businesses.

California man says he was fired because of taking family leave

After reviewing the complaint of a man who once worked as a tax-planning manager at 21st Century Fox, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has affirmed his right to sue his former employer. His lawsuit alleges that his employer retaliated against him and eventually dismissed him after he took leave to help his wife, who was suffering from postpartum depression, under the Family Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act.

Handling workplace sexual harassment

Unfortunately, many California employees suffer from workplace sexual harassment, and they may not know how to address the problem. Because of the uncertainty, victims sometimes make mistakes that can later limit their ability to successfully sue. There are several steps that should be taken in the face of sexual harassment in order to protect the person's rights.

Supreme Court rules on UPS pregnancy discrimination case

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may affect female employees in California who are expecting a baby and who wish to continue working through their pregnancy. On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would remand to a lower court a workplace discrimination lawsuit that was filed by a former United Parcel Service worker. The worker, now 43, sued her employer after she claimed that it failed to provide her with light-duty work while she was pregnant.

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