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Disabled former employee wins suit against retail chain

Employers are liable for the ability of their employees to meaningfully engage with their work. This means accommodating the disabilities that workers may be overcoming, including new limits to abilities since an employee was hired.

A former employee of a retail chain recently won a judgment against the company after experiencing disability after a work-related accident. The worker injured his lower back on the job and reported it to his employer, received medical care and was assigned temporary work restrictions.

New California city code protects new mothers in the workplace

Many groups of Californian workers require extra legal protection to ensure they are treated fairly in the workplace. All workers in the state and elsewhere in the nation deserve equal access to work opportunities and the ability to meaningfully engage in their work.

One group that requires the most protection is mothers. The United States still lags behind other developed nations in offering comprehensive maternal leave and health coverage, although the Golden State has made strides ahead of the federal government to support working mothers.

Manager may have been fired for reporting sexual harassment

Sexual harassment continues to be a notable problem in employment, despite decades of focused attention to the problem across all American industries. Startups and other high-tech companies have recently reported problems, making the problem of discrimination an important one in the industry's unofficial capital in California.

A former senior operations manager recently sued a Silicon Valley-based startup after his dismissal. He claims he was wrongfully terminated after reporting sexual harassment of female colleagues by their managers.

What exactly is discrimination in California?

Workplaces are intended to be protected, productive environments where employees and visitors can expect support and safety. California and the federal government observe many laws that maintain workers' rights in all types of employment.

Employers and managers may unfortunately occasionally engage in discrimination against employees, restricting their access to meaningfully engage with their work. There may be a variety of bases for discrimination, and several are specific causes for action under California law.

  • What types of discrimination are specifically illegal in California?

Plan ahead to make the transition back to work easier after baby

You are a new mom. Having your baby truly has changed your life. You love holding your baby. You sing your little bundle to sleep and rock back and forth in the special way only mothers can. You have spent almost every minute of your baby’s life right by their side. You knew you would have to go back to work at some point, but you didn’t think it would be so soon. You didn’t realize how quickly the time went by. Now you are trying to cope with heading back to work.

You can help make the transition a little smoother with these tips:

U.S. commission suit alleges disability discrimination

People with disabilities make up an indispensible part of the American workforce. Technological advances and cultural understanding has made this more evident in recent decades, and U.S. law – as well as law in California – has attempted to keep up and ensure the rights of disabled people are respected in the workplace.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was a major step forward in this legal realm, and access to workplaces and public buildings have been created and maintained since 1990. Significant protections were added in 2008.

Man says he was let go after reporting sexual harassment

A former senior operations manager for Social Finance Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the company. He said he reported seeing female colleagues harassed by their managers. In addition, he says he saw managers who would cancel loans that had mistakes in order to retain high bonuses.

A spokesman for he company, which refinances student loans, says there is no merit to the employee's claims. This lawsuit is just one of many high-profile cases that allege sexual harassment and other unethical behavior in Silicon Valley. The landslide of allegations started after a former engineering employee at Uber alleged that she was subjected to sexual harassment.

How to file an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint

Workplaces are supposed to be fair, safe places where people go five or more days per week to earn a living. These places have policies in effect that protect employees from discrimination involving age, sex, religion, race, creed, disability and more. There are times when issues arise that require a complaint to be filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

For the most part, complaints can be filed with the EEOC within 180 days from the time the incident occurred. There are special circumstances where this time frame can be extended. A complaint can be submitted to the EEOC using your local EEOC office. The submission of a complaint cannot be completed via phone, but it can be started via phone. You are also allowed to file in-person at your local office or by mail.

Prosthetics company accused of discrimination by employee

A prosthetics business has been accused of discrimination by an employee in California. The employee, a woman, has sued the business. She claims the company discriminated against her, retaliated against her and even wrongfully terminated her from employment. She resides in Placer County.

The complaint against Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics was filed on July 28 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The complaint claims that the company allowed the employee to be harassed during her time of employment with the company.

Can I be fired for my love life?

Jenny couldn’t have been happier. From the moment they met, she knew this relationship was different. Finally, she had someone with whom she could truly be herself. They spent time biking, shopping and cooking. Before long, they had moved in together and when they got engaged, Jenny was thrilled. Eager to share her good news, she proudly showed off her ring to her co-workers.

But Jenny’s co-workers were less than enthusiastic. Some politely congratulated her, some just looked at her blankly and a few even walked away when they heard the news. Jenny was hurt and saddened by their reaction—but she was not confused. Jenny’s department was largely conservative and Jenny’s fiancée was a woman.

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