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May 2015 Archives

Terminology change may have same discriminatory intent

In 2013, Facebook settled a lawsuit brought by the California Fair Employment and Housing Department for an employment ad that stated the company preferred class of 2007 or 2008 applicants. Now, companies are starting to use the term 'digital natives" in their recruiting ads as a method of attracting younger employees. A recent search showed dozens of ads using this term.

Woman fired after objecting to smartphone tracking app

On May 5, a woman in California filed a lawsuit against her former employer after she says that she was fired for refusing to be tracked by a smartphone app while she was off duty. According to the plaintiff, she was fired shortly after she had objected to being monitored by the app around the clock. She is seeking $500,000 in damages for unfair business practices, invasion of privacy, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Age discrimination in the workplace

As many Californians may know, age discrimination is illegal under the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Under its auspices, it is possible to file a lawsuit if this discrimination occurs at work or during the hiring process. In addition, some states have enacted statutes that provide stronger protections.

Life Alert accused of age discrimination, sexual harassment

California-based Life Alert Emergency Response Inc. is being sued by a former employee who claims he was illegally terminated due to his age and cancer diagnosis and for speaking out against sexual harassment at the company. The $7 million lawsuit was filed in a New York state court on May 6.

Mistakes in sexual harassment investigations

Even when California employers think they have policies in place to protect their employees from sexual harassment, they may make mistakes that put them at risk for lawsuits and their employees at risk for further harassment. For example, an employer may think that designating a clear chain of command for reporting harassment is responsible, but this can leave an employee with no alternatives if the harasser is in the chain of command.

Female attorney accuses Farmers Insurance of sex discrimination

Farmers Insurance is being sued by a former female attorney employee for sex discrimination. The class-action lawsuit, which was filed in a California federal court on April 29, claims the company pays its male attorneys significantly more than its female attorneys for doing equal work.

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