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California woman says she was harassed at work because she is white

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.

Woman sues employer for firing her over Obama vote

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.

College in San Diego fires employee for having premarital sex

Employees in San Diego might assume that what they choose to do outside of work will remain private and have no effect on their jobs or their ability to do their jobs. For example, the decision to have a sexual relationship with someone else outside of work is personal. But in some situations, this decision may actually jeopardize one's employment.

Employers still looking at credit reports during hiring process

Two realities resulting from the abysmal state of the economy are unemployment and financial hardship. The two often go hand-in-hand for folks in San Diego, creating quite a paradox: an unemployed person needs a job to pay for his or her monthly bills, yet those mounting bills may be doing damage to their credit reports, which can negatively impact one's ability to get a job if an employer pulls the applicant's credit report.

Sales reps file class action lawsuit over gender discrimination

Earlier this week on our San Diego employment law blog, we had mentioned that the wage gap between men and women in the workplace still exists today, even though the Equal Pay Act was passed 50 years ago.

Wage gap between men and women still exists in San Diego

Although 50 years have passed since the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was signed into law, women in San Diego and throughout the entire U.S. are still earning less than men. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women are earning about 82.2 cents for every dollar men earn.

Woman says job was eliminated at Oprah's network due to pregnancy

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.

Burger King pays teen $25,000 in religious discrimination lawsuit

Employers in San Diego have the power to fire employees who aren't complying with company policies or doing their jobs properly. Yet, when a company terminates employment, employers must make sure their reasons for terminating employees are lawful.

Numerous wage and hour law violations discovered at Chino warehouse

When San Diego workers believe that their rights have been violated in the workplace, they may need to reach out to an attorney in order to make sure they put a stop to their employers' illegal actions and unethical ways of conducting business. State agencies may even need to get involved in order to determine how many employees have been affected by an employer's wrongdoings and to also determine how long the illegal actions have been going on.