Earlier this year on our San Diego employment law blog, we had mentioned that California lawmakers were pushing for better privacy protections for employees and job applicants regarding social media accounts and personal email accounts.
The message is clear: Stop smoking or butt out. That's what administrators are telling their employees and job applicants at a large healthcare provider located in the U.S. The medical center is one of the latest employers to ban smoking entirely, pledging to even test new job seekers to determine whether they smoke cigarettes.
Those who are looking for jobs this New Year in California may be relieved to know that companies can no longer check the credit reports of job applicants unless the position with the company meets specific requirements. This not only means that more applicants may have a greater chance of landing the jobs they want this year, but it may also ensure better privacy protections for potential employees.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy is working hard to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This month, they have launched The Campaign for Disability Employment in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch again stands accused of discriminatory employment practices. Earlier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the clothing chain on behalf of an 18-year-old Muslim woman. Halla Banafa claims that she was not hired for a job at a Bay Area Abercrombie & Fitch store because she did not fit the "Abercrombie look." She says that the manager cited her head scarf on the interview form as the reason she did not fit the "look policy."