Three women have filed a class action accusing Google of systematically paying women less for the same work as men. They also say the tech giant keeps women largely partitioned into jobs where they are less likely to be promoted, promotes far fewer women than men despite similar qualifications, and moves women up the career ladder more slowly than men.
A California Walmart employee is continuing to pursue gender discrimination claims against one of the nation's largest employers, despite a recent setback at the United States Supreme Court.
Last week on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog we had mentioned that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act bans employers from discriminating against and harassing workers on the basis of their marital status and pregnancy. This means that employers cannot discriminate against or harass employees and job applicants who are pregnant but not married.
A female police officer in California has recently chosen to file a lawsuit against the city and police department of Pleasant Hill for which she works, alleging she is a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.
As we have mentioned before on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, employee contracts are generally considered to be at-will in California. This means employees can quit their jobs at any time they choose to do so. This also means that employers can fire employees with or without any reason as long as employers do not violate workplace laws that protect employees from retaliation or discrimination.
The primary objective of any company is to make money. But in doing so, Los Angeles employers and all other employers in the U.S. are expected to treat employees equally and with respect.