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December 2018 Archives

Actress gets $9.5 in sexual harassment settlement with CBS

CBS's troubles with alleged bad behavior by powerful men at the network seem to continue. Earlier this year, its chief executive, Les Moonves, was ousted amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Now it's come to light that the network paid $9.5 million to an actress who accused an actor who's been a longtime fixture on the network of inappropriate behavior. The case was settled via mediation and a confidential agreement. However, it became public amid a larger investigation into Moonves' alleged activities and the culture at the network, which has lost other powerful men accused of misconduct, including newsman Charlie Rose.

New study shows gender pay gap worse than previously thought

Recent news stories have talked about how the gender pay gap has not changed much in the last 20 years, citing the statistic that women generally earn 80 cents for each dollar earned by a man. If this fact wasn't disappointing enough, a new study from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) now shows that over the long term, women only make about 49 cents for every man's dollar.

California employers can't discriminate based on gender identity

California law offers protections against discrimination and harassment in the workplace that the laws of many other states don't. For example, the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) has included protections against harassment and discrimination based on "gender expression" and "gender identity" since 2011.

Being fired while on maternity leave could be discrimination

Goldman Sachs is being accused of gender discrimination after a vice president lost her job while on maternity leave. The former vice president is seeking over $15 million in damages, alleging she was fired because she took the entire four-month paid leave that the company offers, according to an article recently published in the Los Angeles Times.

Women say company isn't 'wonderful' for pregnant employees

The company co-owned by one of the wealthiest "self-made" women in the country is facing multiple allegations of pregnancy discrimination by former employees. One case is in arbitration now. Other women say they never took legal action, but have told their stories anonymously to Forbes. The magazine also discovered a lawsuit with similar allegations from 2012 when the company was known as Roll Global. All paint a picture of a chief executive who, in one person's words, "didn't like pregnant women."

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