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July 2012 Archives

California jury awards millions to disabled manager of Rite Aid store

Learning to cope with a new disability can be challenging and frustrating for any San Diego resident, but one thing disabled workers should not have to worry about is losing their jobs.

High-ranking female workers suffer harassment, California suit suggests

A well-established California venture capital company is being sued by one of its female junior partners for sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The 42-year-old woman who filed the lawsuit in May has been employed by Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers in Silicon Valley since 2005, where she says women are denied financially advantageous and high-ranking positions over men.

EEOC says it will focus on eliminating pregnancy discrimination

All employees expect to be treated equally in the workplace. In many San Diego offices and work settings, workers are treated fairly and do not have to worry about discrimination or harassment because their employers do a good job of enforcing and reminding employees of California and federal labor and employment laws.

California's Wet Seal hit by race discrimination lawsuit

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. paid $40 million several years ago to settle with Asian, Hispanic and African-American workers who accused the retailer of race discrimination. The settlement should have sent a strong message to all retail companies and other companies in California and throughout the entire U.S. that race bias will not be tolerated in the workplace.

California yoga instructor fired for banning cellphones in class

After hearing about the yoga teacher who was fired in California for trying to enforce a "no cellphone use" rule in class, some folks in the San Diego area might be wondering whether an employee can be fired over something so minor. Did the woman's employer violate any employment laws by firing her?

Female workers settle harassment suit with hotel groups

Laws protect employees from co-workers or bosses guilty of discrimination and harassment. However, some California workers endure workplace miseries, including sexual harassment and discrimination, for fear of repercussions or because they do not know how to protect their rights. What workers need to understand is that harassment and discrimination is illegal in the workplace and laws are meant to protect workers from retaliation when they do raise concerns about illegal behaviors or actions.

Woman successfully sues boss for sexual harassment

Many Americans experience job-related stress. An employee might feel anxiety, for instance, about a particularly demanding project, an important meeting or a challenging workload. No employee in San Diego, though, should ever feel stressed or afraid because of an inappropriate work environment.

Coach at California school claims he was fired because he is gay

As we mentioned earlier this week on our San Diego employment law blog, employees in California are protected from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. These are important protections that employees in only 15 other states are able to benefit from. Unfortunately, this does not mean that all employers ensure that workers are free from this type of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Federal anti-discrimination laws could help all workers

Federal and state laws protect an assortment of people from different forms of discrimination and harassment at work. Employer mistreatment due to religious beliefs, age, sex, race or disability is a violation of those statutes. However, there are many employees who are still not protected against discrimination in the workplace based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.