A San Diego-based health care technology firm, CareFusion, has been sued in an important age discrimination case. While the plaintiff lives in Illinois, the outcome will affect age-discrimination cases all over the country, including California.
Most employers facing claims of sex discrimination will try to seek "summary judgment," determining that they are entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Summary judgment is a judicial proceeding in which the moving party must demonstrate that no material facts are disputed, and it is entitled to judgment in its favor as a matter of law. The Salk Institute in La Jolla made such a motion in a case originally begun by three female faculty members alleging workplace discrimination. Two of the three settled their claims, and the Salk used a motion for summary judgment to dispense with the third woman's claims.
Many people throughout the country, including in California, may think that certain types of discrimination in the workplace are a thing of the past. Gender discrimination, for instance, may be one such example. However, all too often we are reminded that this type of discrimination can still occur.
A telecommunications company in California that formerly had ties to AT&T recently settled with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in order to resolve a disability discrimination claim.
Workplace discrimination remains more common then many people may think, but it is possible and important to hold employers accountable for these unlawful actions. Discrimination can take many forms and can include things like make racist or derogatory comments, treating employees of a certain class differently then other employees, to more outright discrimination such as passing someone over for a promotion or failing to give someone a raise because of their race, gender, age or other protected classification.
Discrimination in the workplace is illegal in California and the rest of the country. There are a number of bases on which a discrimination claim may be made, such as race, religion and age. Employment discrimination based on an individual's mental or physical disability can also be grounds for legal action under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Most people know that it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees or job applicants, but what exactly is workplace discrimination? Workplace discrimination happens when an employer treats an employee or job applicant unfairly based on their race, gender, religion, national origin, disability or age. This discrimination extends beyond just the process of hiring and firing, and includes behavior targeted at people who are currently employed.
Both federal law and California state law prohibit certain forms of workplace discrimination. These laws make it illegal to discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sex. Nevertheless, despite its illegality many people still report experiencing discrimination in their day-to-day lives as well as in the workplace.
The internet giant Google has been sued for gender discrimination, with three women who used to work for the company alleging a system of Google's giving males better positions which lead to better pay. The women are seeking certification as a legal "class" entitled to treat this litigation as a class action suit.
Although San Diego residents might think that employers would know that they could get in to a lot of trouble for discriminating against a woman because she is expecting or has recently had a child, pregnancy discrimination has been a persistent problem both in California and in other parts of the country.