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Should Children Have Employee Rights on Reality TV Shows?

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times recently looked into how child labor laws are applied on the sets of reality TV shows in California and across the nation. The Times found that, for several reasons, the laws protecting children from dangerous conditions and ensuring their well-being and continued education while on reality TV sets are a legal gray area. The report found widespread confusion within the television industry and state agencies over what child labor laws apply to children on reality shows.

Lucasfilm Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Trial Underway

A trial is underway in Marin Superior Court regarding a discrimination lawsuit brought against Lucasfilm by a rejected job prospect. The prospect, Julie Gilman Veronese, said that Lucasfilm hired her and then fired her again after they learned she was pregnant. Veronese sued the company claiming gender discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and failure to investigate and prevent discrimination. She is seeking $677,000 in economic damages, plus unspecified damages for emotional distress.

Nicollette Sheridan Adds to Assault Claim in Discrimination Lawsuit

Former "Desperate Housewives" actor Nicollette Sheridan, 46, filed a lawsuit against ABC last April claiming sex discrimination, age discrimination, assault and battery, and wrongful termination. In the original document, Sheridan alleged that Marc Cherry, the show's creator, hit her in the face while on set. Last month, Sheridan amended the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to say that ABC killed off her character in retaliation for her complaints.

Supreme Court Rules Employee Right to Privacy Limited

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a California employee's rights were not violated when his boss read transcripts of sexually explicit text messages he sent to his mistress via his work pager. The justices ruled 9-0 in favor of the employer. 

Former Transgender Employee Suing Macy's For Discrimination

A former employee of Macy's filed a lawsuit against the company late last month in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. The employee claims she was discriminated against because she is transgender.

Nurses Plan Rallies in San Diego, Around CA, in Lieu of Strike

Nurses in San Diego and throughout California are planning rallies for today to protest hospital staffing problems and patient safety after a judge blocked a planned one-day strike. A San Francisco Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday barring nurses at University of California hospitals from walking-out. The judge said that a strike would jeopardize public safety and that it may be illegal.

Companies Discriminating Against Unemployed Workers

As if it wasn't hard enough to find a job in this economy, The Huffington Post is reporting that some companies are ignoring all applications by currently unemployed candidates. The HuffPost found several job opening advertisements across the Web that all came with the notice that the unemployed needn't bother to apply. One posting, on The People Place, a recruiting Web site, posted a job for an engineer with a notice on the bottom that reads, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason."

Lawyers Warned Wal-Mart of Potential Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

The New York Times is reporting that Wal-Mart was warned of their vulnerability to a sex discrimination lawsuit and urged to do more to prevent one more than 6 years before the current class-action gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against them. The current case, Dukes v. Wal-Mart, is the largest class-action lawsuit in history. It was filed by seven women in 2001 on behalf of all current and former female employees of the company. The lawsuit claims widespread patterns of pay and promotion disparities between women and men employed by Wal-Mart.

Genetic Discrimination Law to Undergo First Major Test

A woman who filed a complaint last month with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will be one of the first to test a new law banning discrimination based on genetic information. The woman, Pamela Fink, claims she was wrongfully terminated after she disclosed to her employers that she tested positive for a gene thought to predispose one to certain breast cancers.