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Former TV producer sues for wrongful termination, 'blackballing'

A veteran television director who served as an executive producer (EP) on the NBC crime series The Blacklist has filed a lawsuit against multiple individuals and entities. He says he was fired from the show, which stars James Spader, over a false accusation that he "laid hands" on a camera assistant in an incident on the set last year.

The plaintiff spent several seasons as an EP on the show before he lost his job in February 2018. According to the lawsuit, "the alleged basis for [his] termination was simply a ruse to fire him without cause." He says that the camera assistant's claim that the EP got physical with him was never properly investigated and that it was the assistant who was the instigator in the incident.

How bad is the gender pay gap?

Despite decades-old laws and campaigns to raise awareness, little has happened to improve the pay gap between genders and among races. It doesn't seem to matter whether researchers look at high-ranking executives or food services employees, a significant difference remains between what a woman earns for every dollar a man earns in the same position.

You may feel grateful to have your position and to be working in a job you enjoy. If your industry has many qualified workers vying for a few promising positions, simply receiving an offer of employment may have been enough to prevent you from complaining that your salary is lower than someone else hired at the same time. However, even a few percent difference can add up over the years of a career.

When is a 'compliment' sexual harassment?

We've all heard people say that employees (usually women) who complain about sexual harassment are too sensitive or can't take a joke. Sometimes, people claim they feel like they can't give a colleague or employee a compliment without it being construed as sexual harassment.

In fact, a true compliment is not sexual harassment. It's defined by Merriam-Webster as "an expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration". That's a far cry from sexual harassment, which is described by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as "so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or…results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted)." The harasser can be a co-worker, someone in authority or even a customer or other person the employee has to deal with to do their job.

When you can take FMLA leave to care for a disabled adult child

If you're the parent of a disabled child -- even if that child is an adult -- you may be able to take time off work to care for that child under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). However, it's essential to know what conditions need to be met.

First, it's important to know that under FMLA regulations, adopted children, foster children and stepchildren are included in addition to biological children.

Judge dismisses part of Judd's lawsuit, allows rest to continue

The multitude of rape, sexual assault and harassment accusations against one-time Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein led to a movement that has extended well beyond show business. They've also led to new California laws aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the workplace and protecting victims.

One of the first and most vocal of Weinstein's accusers was actress Ashley Judd. She filed a lawsuit in which she accuses him of trying to destroy her career after she rejected his advances more than 20 years ago.

How can you prove you experienced harassment at work?

California workers have the right to a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination. There are various state and federal laws in place designed to protect the rights of workers, but these types of behaviors still happen. Many workers do not speak out because they fear retaliation or they think there is nothing they can do to prove their case.

If you are the victim of harassment in the workplace, you do not have to suffer in silence. You may feel embarrassed, overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next, but you have rights. One of the most important steps you can take is to carefully document your situation. This can help you in your fight to protect yourself and your interests.

How you can help a colleague who's being sexually harassed

People who engage in sexual harassment often do so when no one else is around. Whether it's making an unwelcome advance or demanding sex in exchange for a raise or promotion, many harassers are careful to make sure that if the victim comes forward, they'll only have a "he said/she said" case.

However, sexual harassment can occur out in the open -- in an office, at an after-work social function or while colleagues are traveling. Harassers may not realize that this is what they're doing and that it's illegal. They may simply believe that no one will say anything -- particularly if they're in a position of authority.

Former aide settles lawsuit with California Senate

Working among California lawmakers doesn't necessarily protect people from being the victim of illegal workplace actions. Within the past decade, both houses of the California legislature have settled several sexual harassment suits with former employees for six-figure amounts.

A recent settlement (and one of the largest) involves a former legislative aide to a state senator from Fremont. The woman says she was fired after she reported a sexual assault by a staff member who worked in the Assembly.

You hate your job, but is it a hostile work environment?

At some point, most people hate their jobs. It may be the work itself that seems to drain the life out of them, or it may be the long hours, low pay or travel time that bring them to this point. Perhaps you are in a job now that you dislike, and you are wondering about your options.

It may be easy to label your work environment as hostile if you find it is a toxic place to be. Not getting along with your boss or your coworkers, or even having someone in the office who openly dislikes you may make it difficult to get up for work each morning. While it may be true that there is some hostility in your job, in order for you to have legal recourse, certain factors must exist.

Study shows numerous individuals fear disability discrimination

Many people in California and across the country have some kind of disability. You may have a disability yourself that you have worked to manage, possibly for your entire life. While your situation may mean that you accomplish tasks in different ways or in a different time span, you do not feel that your disability holds you back from being a capable employee.

Unfortunately, many people with disabilities face some type of discriminatory action while on the job. Some individuals may face significant discrimination if prospective employers do not hire them because of their conditions, or they may face more subtle discrimination if their coworkers constantly think they need help with tasks, for example.

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