The term segregation conjures up some very distasteful aspects of societal history but can also apply to the current workplace. The term refers to the practice of an employer keeping certain groups of employees apart on the basis of age or on some other prohibited grounds, including race, gender and the like. The term also refers to the practice of employers keeping certain groups away from the public eye or outside of the view of customers for unlawful reasons.
A court decision recently may help women in California and the other West Coast states get equal pay for doing the same work as their male counterparts. In that opinion, a federal appeals court held that employers cannot use a woman's salary history as a justification for offering her a lower wage.
If you have ever spent time working in a restaurant or food service setting, you may know firsthand how common sexual harassment can be in such environments. While employees across virtually all sectors are at risk of workplace sexual harassment, there are certain factors at play in many restaurants that make these settings hotbeds for harassing behavior.
In addition to federal wage and hour rules governing the employment of minors, California has its own set of laws when it comes to companies in this state hiring people under 18 to work at their businesses. Employers bear the responsibility for following these laws, and they can be held accountable for wage and hour violations if, for whatever reason, they do not do so.
Los Angeles residents probably expect better from those who are charged with enforcing this state's laws against discrimination and sexual harassment. Some California courts have found themselves defending against allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior among their various employees, some of whom are or were judges.