In July 2011, a Pacific Gas & Electric line crew was told to repair a broken electrical pole in Santa Cruz County. Whenever possible, the company tries to perform repairs without interrupting customers’ electrical service, and their supervisor said the pole could be safely repaired without cutting power. While they were working, however, a cross arm broke sending two live, high-voltage wires plunging down and coming within inches of touching. If they had, there would have been a disastrous explosion.
Two highly-paid engineers for a Woodland Hills defense contractor were frog-marched out of their offices and fired because they refused to lie to the Navy about potentially dangerous flaws in guided missiles the company was providing for the military, they claim in a recent lawsuit. They also believe their firings were partially motivated by age discrimination.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, age discrimination claims are on the rise. The Baby Boom generation began reaching age 60 last year, and they appear to be suffering in the job market. The EEOC says that age-related discrimination claims jumped from 16,548 in 2006 to 22,857 in 2012.
A recent lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission describes a shocking case of disability discrimination of interest even though it didn’t take place in California. An optician employed by Direct Optical, Inc., a two-store eyeglasses retailer in Michigan, was denied a very basic and reasonable request for accommodation for her disability -- to be allowed to bring her service dog to work. Worse, the employer fired her in retaliation for even making the request.
The National Labor Relations Board stated that Wal-Mart violated employee rights in California and 13 other states. The federal agency said that the charges against the U.S. retailer included unlawfully disciplining, threatening or firing employees for taking part in strikes and protests that are protected by law. The NLRB stated that unless the parties reached settlements, the agency was ready to issue complaints.