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December 2011 Archives

UC San Diego Medical Center sued for hiring, employment practices

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued UC San Diego Medical Center for employment discrimination against noncitizens legally entitled to work in the U.S. The court action was based on a complaint by an employee who is not a U.S. citizen, but possesses a green card, signifying permanent residency status entitling the individual to work in the U.S.

NBA employee claims he was fired for defending women's complaints

A male employee of the National Basketball League (NBA) claims that he was fired for coming to the defense of female employees who raised concerns about sexual harassment in the workplace. The man worked as a security director for the sports league for 10 years, until he was fired in July.

California court: Woman legally fired for living with boyfriend

A California appellate court ruled earlier this month that a woman was not fired illegally by her employer for living with her boyfriend. Although employers typically cannot fire an individual for living with a partner out of wedlock, the appeals court ruled that because the woman's former employer is a religious corporation, the employer is exempt from certain state laws.

San Diego judge dismisses woman's wrongful termination lawsuit

A woman's lawsuit against the city of Chula Vista citing wrongful termination was dismissed by a San Diego Superior Court judge last week. The judge said that due to California's at-will employee laws, her formal complaint could not be considered as a valid lawsuit.

Federal appeals court rules in favor of transgender employee

A recent federal appeals court ruling that was in favor of a transgender government employee may pave the way for other transgender employees in San Diego, and throughout the entire nation, to be treated more fairly in the workplace.

San Diego woman wins $100,000 in gender discrimination suit

A lifeguard in San Diego has won a gender discrimination lawsuit against the city after a jury agreed that she was not hired for a full-time job because she is a woman. She had worked as a seasonal lifeguard in San Diego for more than 10 years, but after being denied full-time work and training opportunities, she sued the city in 2006.

U.S. Marine files defamation lawsuit after being denied a job

Due to high unemployment rates in California and throughout the entire U.S., individuals who are looking for jobs may discover that the competition for almost any position is extremely high. Employers must go through dozens, if not hundreds, of applications for each open position, and strong resumes and references are becoming more important than ever.

Workplace discrimination against pregnant women still a problem

Many stories of discrimination in the workplace that occur in California and throughout the entire country often involve an employer's violation of an employee's rights because of one's ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation. But little has been said about the discrimination of pregnant women in the workplace.

Electric company settles accusations of race discrimination

Many companies in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California claim to offer a diverse work environment that is free of discrimination. Although this may be true in many workplaces, discrimination still exists. Fortunately, those affected by discrimination in the workplace may be able to take legal action in order to make sure that their employers are held accountable for violating the rights of employees.