It is difficult for anyone to find a job these days due to the competitive job market in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California. But when employers discriminate against employees and job applicants, it may be especially difficult for some folks to gain employment or advance in the workplace, even when they are qualified for a job or a promotion.
Thousands of college students in San Diego and throughout U.S. are wrapping up their summer internships as they get ready to start school again this fall. Although many students might not have been paid for their work, they probably gained some great experience and learned some new skills that will help them find a good job in the future.
College students in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California might expect to not be paid while working as an intern. Although no one really wants to work for free, many college students choose to pursue internships in order to get the experience they need in the workplace before they look for full-time jobs after graduating from college.
Some jobs are more physically demanding than others in California, but that does not mean that workers should be subjected to abusive conditions. Every employer must comply with state and federal labor laws, and the rights of employees should be respected and protected in every workplace.
As discussed in the previous post, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the giant sex discrimination class-action lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart has put a spotlight on other pending class-action employment lawsuits. Some felt that the ruling would result in less class actions being filed by employees, but, now that a few weeks have passed, it has been seen that many, but not all, of these cases are still going strong.
A few weeks have passed since the Supreme Court ruled that a sex discrimination lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart on behalf of 1.5 million current and former female employees of the retailer could not proceed as a class action. Now employment attorneys have been watching to see how the decision will be interpreted in regards to pending class action litigation. So far, according to a Reuters analysis piece, it has been seen that the case has not stopped class actions from succeeding, especially lawsuits involving wage-and-hour and overtime disputes.
Best Buy has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in California in 2005 by a number of current, former and prospective employees. The plaintiffs accused the company of race discrimination and sex discrimination by refusing to provide desirable promotions, assignments and transfers to Latino, African-American and female workers, which violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A decade ago, six women filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart and sought class-action status so that the lawsuit could represent all current and former female employees of Wal-Mart, or about 1.5 million women. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the lawsuit could not proceed as a class action.
The U.S. Department of Justice is currently looking into a class-action lawsuit that claims that employees of several Silicon Valley technology companies had their salaries and compensations unfairly capped by overly restrictive pacts between companies not to recruit each other's employees. The plaintiffs include employees of Google, Adobe, Lucasfilm, Apple, Intel, Pixar and Intuit. The lead plaintiff is a man who used to be employed by Lucasfilm and is now the founder and CEO of his own company.
New regulations regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act could make it easier for people with certain disabilities to file a discrimination lawsuit against their employer. The new regulations were released at the end of March and are interpretations of amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act that were put in place in 2008.