An African American police officer claims that her superior made sexual advances, causing her great duress on the job. In the sexual harassment case that she filed, the woman says that a male lieutenant made inappropriate comments and touched her inappropriately. Further, she claims she was retaliated against after reporting his behavior to other superior officers. Retaliation against sexual harassment victims who report the incident is not uncommon in California or elsewhere. Especially when the threat of retaliation exists, it can be particularly damaging to victims because they are afraid to speak out and the harassment continues.
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.
Last week, a former employee for Walt Disney Co. filed a lawsuit against the company for firing him under illegal conditions. The lawsuit, which was filed in California, accuses Disney of retaliation and wrongful termination.
Kids are bullied on the playground, teens are bullied at school and yes, even adults are bullied in the workplace in San Diego. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, at least one third of employees in the U.S. have experienced bullying and harassment in the workplace.
A California woman recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer citing racial discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. The woman claims that she was fired from her job because she is white and because she had filed a complaint about being harassed by other workers.
In San Diego, employers may choose to terminate employees for many reasons or for no reason at all. In California, many employment relationships are presumed to be "at-will," which means employers may choose to fire employees with or without a good reason for doing so.
Before becoming pregnant, a senior director of scheduling and acquisitions at Oprah Winfrey's OWN network seemed to be on her way to landing the vice president position at the network. The employee had received great performance reviews while working for OWN, and she was even told that she was "on track" for being promoted to a vice president position.
Federal employees in San Diego and throughout the entire country gained new job protections last week. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Nov. 27.
Both Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit religious discrimination in the workplace.
California has strict laws against sexual harassment in the workplace, but unfortunately the treatment still occurs. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a female worker was sexually harassed and retaliated against at Tenaya Lodge, a hotel and resort located near Yosemite National Park in California.