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April 2012 Archives

California government employee's sexual harassment case settled

Every employee in the San Diego area not only deserves to work in an environment that is safe and free from discrimination and sexual harassment, but private sector and government employees also have a right to work in an environment where they will be protected by their employers.

Transgender people protected under employment discrimination laws

Employers in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California are banned from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on their sex. This means that a man cannot be denied a job simply because he is a man, or a woman cannot be denied a promotion at work simply because she is a woman. This type of employment discrimination is illegal under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Consultancy firm accused of violating California labor laws

If your employer forced you to sign over your tax refunds to the company, you would probably assume that your employer was committing a serious violation under California and federal laws that govern employment issues and employee protections. However, this very same demand was allegedly made by an information technology and outsourcing consultancy firm based in India.

Aflac violates FMLA laws, ordered to pay fine

Smaller companies may more commonly make mistakes when it comes to interpreting employees' leave rights under California laws and federal laws due to fewer resources in these companies' human resources departments. But even larger companies can fail to properly protect employees' rights to return to their jobs after taking time off to care for themselves or for a family member.

Employees say they were fired for wearing orange shirts to work

Last month, 14 workers were fired from a law firm in the U.S. for wearing orange shirts to work. Six of those workers are now considering filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against the employer, claiming that their former employer had no legal right to fire them. Only three of the workers have been able to get their jobs back since the incident.

California Supreme Court ruling could clarify meal-break laws

California and federal labor and employment laws are meant to protect employees in San Diego and throughout the entire state from sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, privacy violations, defamation and other job rights issues that may arise in the workplace. However, these laws can also be complex and sometimes an employee may not be sure whether or not his or her rights have been violated in any way by a co-worker or by an employer.

Unemployed face discrimination when applying for jobs in the U.S.

San Diego residents who are looking for jobs may be aware of state and federal employment laws that make it illegal for employers to discriminate against potential job applicants based on an applicant's race, sex, disability, age or religion. But can an employer refuse to hire an individual simply because the applicant has been out of work for an extended period of time?