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July 2014 Archives

Apple employees granted class-action status

On July 21, 2014, a judge in California granted class-action status to a lawsuit against Apple initially filed by four employees in 2011 alleging that the company failed to provide timely meal and rest breaks. According to the suit, Apple also failed to provide final paychecks on time in accordance with state law. The suit further says that the employees were forced to work up to five hours without a break.

New anti-discrimination federal order implemented

Gay and transgender federal employees across the country will now find themselves protected from being discriminated against at work on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identification. California already has protections in place for gay and transgender employees under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, but California was only one of 18 states in the country to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation prior to Obama's action. The rule also extends to companies holding federal contracts.

Updated guidelines protect pregnant employees

Pregnant employees in California may appreciate the fact that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently updated workplace discrimination guidelines that may affect them. The previous guidelines were in place for more than 30 years, last updated in 1983, and the commission noted that subtle workplace discrimination practices have developed. According to the new guidelines, discriminatory practices based on an employee's pregnancy constitutes sex discrimination, an illegal practice.

Hundreds of California truck drivers file employment complaints

A group of Southern California truck drivers have filed claims against the companies that employ them over alleged violations of California state employment laws. While many of these have proven successful due to changed circumstances on the job, hundreds of others remain to be decided by state authorities.

High-level executive in California sued for sexual harassment

A woman in California is suing Yahoo Inc., alleging that she was sexually harassed by her female boss. In addition to the sexual harassment allegations, the former Yahoo employee is also suing for wrongful termination. According to the complaint, which was filed on July 8, the woman worked for Yahoo as a principal software engineer in February 2013.

The company behind dating app sued for sexual harassment

A lawsuit was filed on June 30 in the Los Angeles Superior Court against popular mobile dating app Tinder. The lawsuit claims that a female executive was subjected to a pattern of abusive sexual harassment. The parent companies of Tinder, IAC and were also named as defendants.

Employer reaches settlement for almost $3 million

A class-action settlement was filed in a California federal court on June 23 between Johnson Controls and a group of plaintiff employees. A final hearing on the settlement was scheduled for July 29 to determine if the $2.8 million arrangement would be approved. The complaint was initially filed by the lead employee in the lawsuit on April 15, 2013, and a first amended complaint was filed just over a month later.

Former employee files lawsuit

A former UCLA employee is suing the University of California Board of Regents for losing her job after she complained about her boss's conduct. The female employee, who is black and 59 years old, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. Her 52-year-old white former supervisor is also named as a defendant. Until the former employee was fired, she was allegedly considered a valued team member and a person who received good reviews.

Calfornia court upholds arbitration clauses for employee claims

Los Angeles employees may be interested in a recent Supreme Court of California decision that may affect their right to collectively sue their employers. The decision is in line with recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding arbitration clauses.

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