Retail workers in California may have heard about a number of National Labor Relations Board findings against one of the country's largest retail employers. According to the NLRB, Walmart has engaged in behavior that violates employee rights to join legal protests and strikes. The corporation has done so by punishing workers who attempt to organize for better pay and conditions. The nationwide Black Friday protests against the retailer targeted low wages and what many see as illegal actions against labor organizations.
California readers may be interested to know that the U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Bank of America to pay approximately $2.2 million to 1,100 black applicants in restitution for hiring discrimination. The ruling awards $964,033 to 1,034 job applicants who were rejected for jobs in 1992 based on race discrimination. There is an additional award of $1,217,560 for 113 job seekers who were rejected based on race between 2002 and 2005.
A psychiatrist who cared for severely mentally ill inmates at a California prison claimed that he was blacklisted for testifying about staffing issues at the prison's mental hospital. The psychiatrist spent 18 months working for the California Department of State Hospitals through the Salinas Valley Psychiatrist Program on the grounds of the Salinas State Prison. The doctor co-signed a letter to the head of the program stating that psychiatrists were caring for up to 60 patients at a time, a workload that he claimed was too heavy.
While some people over the age of 50 embrace signs of aging such as graying hair, others choose to combat outward indications of growing older with hair dye, skin creams and changes in the way they dress. Dealing with the physical manifestations of aging is an intensely personal and individual matter. For some people, maintaining a youthful appearance as effectively as possible is intertwined with their career goals. This matter may have far-reaching implications for workers in California and throughout the nation.
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.
Although new laws in California prohibit employers from requiring employees and prospective employees to give employers access to their private social media sites, there are still many other laws in California that allow employers to snoop on their employees without violating employees' privacy rights in the workplace.
Workers in California and throughout the U.S. have rights and an expectation of fair treatment in the workplace. However, employee rights aren't always exercised by employers in Los Angeles and Long Beach who hire immigrant workers.
Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. This bill and the California Family Rights Act have provided millions of workers with greater protections in the workplace so that they can take care of their newborns and other family members without having to worry about the status of their employment.
Last week, CBS Los Angeles reported that at least five people who were younger than 65 have died from the flu this season in California. Dozens of other deaths from the flu have been reported across the country.
In 2005, department store chain Dillard's implemented a policy that required its workers in California and throughout the entire United States to provide managers with notes from doctors when requesting sick leave.