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Workers should be familiar with racial discrimination protections

In general, race discrimination in the employment process is not permitted but it can sometimes be difficult to detect. The employee or job applicant, however, may know it is going on. It may outwardly seem more subtle when an employer fails to hire or promote an employee because of their race when the employer is unlikely to state racial discrimination as the reason. Racial discrimination in the workplace is strictly prohibited by both federal and state laws.

What is Title 7 and what protections does it provide?

Protections against discrimination in the workplace are important, but many workers may wonder exactly what protections they enjoy and what the legal basis for those protections is. Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, commonly referred to as anti-discrimination laws, prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from engaging in discrimination based on race, national origin, gender or religion.

Court rejects city's appeal in racial discrimination case

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.

Appeals court allows racial discrimination suit to proceed

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.

Age discrimination lawsuits arrive in Silicon Valley

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.

Appeals court reinstates employee's hostile workplace verdict

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.

What is a "hostile work environment" in California?

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.

Former Chipotle employee alleges racial discrimination in lawsuit

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.

Understanding how California law classifies disability

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.

Investigation will examine employment discrimination in Hollywood

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.

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