The California Court of Appeals recently affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a Burbank policeman who claimed that he had been the victim of racial discrimination and harassment from superiors and co-workers. The court's opinion contains several rulings that are favorable to those who are seeking damages for employment discrimination.
The California Court of Appeals gave employment discrimination plaintiffs an important victory in a decision announced on December 13. The court reversed the trial court's dismissal of the case based on California's "anti-SLAPP" statute and reinstated the case.
The high tech companies that gave Silicon Valley its unique image have always seemed synonymous with youthful hipness and cutting-edge technology. Now, however, the realities of the workplace are beginning to tarnish this image somewhat as aging techies are being laid off and have now begun suing their former employers for wrongful termination and age discrimination.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in a case that could have significant ramifications for union employees in the Los Angeles area. The court ruled that a female member of a union could sue her employer for employment discrimination and a hostile work environment regardless of the fact that she belonged to a union that had a collective bargaining agreement with the employer.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits many kinds of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. If such acts become pervasive in scope or frequency, the victims of such acts may find themselves in a "hostile work environment." In this post, we will review the elements that can create a hostile work environment.
Workers at chain restaurants in the Los Angeles area are often subject to a variety of different employment practices. In a lawsuit recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, a former employee of a Chipotle restaurant in El Segundo is alleging she has been the victim of at least three illegal practices: racial discrimination, workplace harassment and wrongful termination.
Employees in California might understand that there are certain protections under the law for the employment of those who are disabled, but they may not be fully aware of how disability is classified under the law. When there is a belief that an employee has faced illegal employment discrimination due to a disability, knowing how various disabilities are classified and what the employer requirements are based on are integral parts of having a viable lawsuit. According to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, there are two different categories of disability: mental and physical. People with a mental disability need to know that they should receive accommodations just as a person with a physical disability would.
Certain industries in Los Angeles are more prone to employment discrimination than others. This discrimination can include a variety of factors including gender discrimination, age discrimination and the like. If this type of issue regarding equality in the workplace is systemic, it might be the foundation for a full investigation by the federal government. Such is the case with Hollywood and the allegations that women are discriminated against as a matter of course. Those who believe they have been affected by this in any way need to be aware of the investigation to keep track of whether or not they can file a lawsuit.
In California, there is a law called the California Equal Pay Act. This law is designed to stop employers from paying people less based on their gender. Although the best case scenario is that all employers will adhere to the law and pay everyone fairly, it is a sad fact that there will still be violations and acts of workplace discrimination that occur. In order to strengthen this law, a new law signed by the governor in October of 2015 called the California Fair Play Act was meant to bolster the California Equal Pay Act. Those who might have faced violations of the new law should be aware of its tenets.
There are many forms of harassment and workplace discrimination that can take place in California, but one of the most unfathomable is if it is due to someone having served his or her country. When a veteran or reservist is confronted by various forms of discrimination because of it, they need to know their rights. Unfortunately, this does happen and those who have been affected by it need to understand that they have the right to seek compensation through a lawsuit.