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April 2013 Archives

Wal-Mart accused of sexual harassment, disability discrimination

A new lawsuit has recently been filed by a former Wal-Mart employee citing sexual harassment. The lawsuit was filed against Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., which is responsible for operating dozens of Wal-Mart stores in the eastern part of the United States.

Will California increase minimum wage requirements?

If you have been reading our San Diego employment law blog for awhile now, you may have come to realize that there are many people who face a variety of challenges in the workplace. Perhaps you have even realized that you have had your rights as an employee violated at one point or another. Although there are state and federal laws in place to make sure employers create safe and respectful workplaces, thousands of employees continue to face unpleasant experiences in the workplace every year.

Study shows high rate of harassment in anthropology work

Sexual harassment can happen in any job. However, it tends to be more prevalent in fields that have been traditionally dominated by men. To that end, a recent study showed alarming rates of sexual harassment against female anthropologists and anthropology graduate students.

USCF Medical Center lays off 300; union cries foul

A local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is alleging a violation of employee rights at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center following the hospital's decision late last month to eliminate approximately 300 jobs. The positions will be cut through layoffs, transfers and an elimination of unfilled vacancies.

California high court rules in discrimination case

San Diego readers might have read or heard news stories involving an employee alleging wrongful termination or employment discrimination. Yet few may realize how hard it can be to prepare convincing evidence needed to win on this type of claim.

Do bosses have to mind their own business in San Diego workplaces?

We have mentioned before on our San Diego employment law blog that advancements in technology and social media have been making it easier for employers to learn more about their employees or prospective employees.

Rutgers sued for firing employee who reported coach's behavior

Some folks in San Diego may have watched the video that was made public last week of a basketball coach at Rutgers University abusing players during practices. Mike Rice, the coach, was fired after the video was made public. And now, another former employee is suing Rutgers for wrongful termination and retaliation.

Defamation suit filed by psychiatrist over publicized comments

Employees in San Diego certainly have a right to protect their interests when they believe that their employers and co-workers are engaging in illegal, unethical or disrespectful business and workplace practices. However, employees must be sure they handle their workplace complaints appropriately in order to avoid legal trouble or additional obstacles for mishandling their complaints.

Fewer than 20 percent of Americans with disabilities are employed

According to labor and employment data from the government, about 29 million Americans who have a disability are of the appropriate age to work in California and throughout the country. However, only about 18 percent of these disabled individuals are employed. This means that out of the nearly 30 million people who have disabilities and are of the appropriate age to work, only a little over 5 million have jobs.