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December 2010 Archives

DMV Employee who Warned Transgender Woman of Hell Resigns

The California DMV employee who allegedly wrote a letter to a transgender person warning her that she would go to hell has resigned from his position. The transgender woman filed a lawsuit against the DMV earlier this month asking for damages for suffering from embarrassment and emotional distress. She claims that after she went to the DMV to change her name and gender on her license, the DMV employee used her personal information to send her a letter at her home.

Former Employee of SoCal Law Firm Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A former employee of a California law firm filed a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer this month in Los Angeles Superior Court. According to the Los Angeles Times, the former employee claims that women at the firm were subjected to a hostile work environment where men regularly made derogatory comments against women. The lawsuit alleges that sexual harassment was common in her workplace; men discussed sex, posted photos of naked women on the walls and peered through binoculars at women through office windows.

Government Repeals Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Rule: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, President Obama plans to sign into law a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy on Wednesday. The Senate voted to repeal the law on Saturday, following an earlier House vote to repeal the ban on openly gay military service.

Writers Guild of America in Unionization Dispute with Comcast

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is in a dispute with cable programming giant Comcast over the unionization of writers who work on Comcast TV networks. According to the Los Angeles Times, the WGA has been trying to organize underrepresented writers who work for new media, basic cable and reality TV. Right now, they are trying to unionize some couple of dozen who work on Comcast-aired cable shows, but are meeting resistance from the company.

Transgender Woman Files Complaint Against DMV

A transgender woman has filed a claim for damages with a state agency against the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in San Francisco after she says a DMV employee sent her a letter at home warning her she would "go to hell." The woman's complaint includes the claim that the employee did a similar thing in 2009 and should have been fired after that incident. The woman will seek damages for emotional distress and will ask the court to require the DMV to follow California's privacy laws.

Filipino Nurses Sue Hospital for Discrimination

On Tuesday, 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint against a hospital in California's central valley, accusing the hospital of discrimination based on national origin. The Filipino employees accuse Delano Regional Medical Center of disproportionately enforcing an English-only rule against them by banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while allowing other ethnic groups to speak languages such as Spanish and Hindi.

Supreme Court Will Weigh in on Wal-Mart Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

On Monday, the Supreme Court said that it will hear an appeal by Wal-Mart to dismiss a massive class-action sex discrimination lawsuit. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Supreme Court justices will hear the appeal in the spring.

Why Can't Older Tech Workers Get Hired?

In our last blog entry, we examined a story in Information Week about a former Apple Store employee who is suing Apple for age discrimination after being passed over several times for promotion. Instead, the suit alleges Apple Store managers chose people who were less experienced, less qualified, and at least 15 years younger. Apple denies the accusations.

Age Discrimination at Apple Stores? Suit Says Yes

A former Apple Store employee who was turned down for promotion several times has sued Apple for age discrimination. The former employee, who was 60 when he was hired, says that each time a promotion opened up at the store, management chose younger, less qualified employees over him for the job.