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The Wonderful Company accused of pregnancy discrimination

Lynda Resnick is known as a pioneering female entrepreneur and the co-owner of The Wonderful Company. According to Forbes, she is also the 10th richest self-made woman in the U.S.

The Wonderful Company sells Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice, Fiji Water, Halos mandarin oranges and other food and beverage products. Lynda owns the company with her husband, Stewart. Their combined worth is estimated at $5.6 billion.

3 federal laws that protect American employees

Employees in the United States have a wide variety of legal rights under federal law. These rights, codified by specific federal laws, are not available to all employees, but they are available to many of them. Let's briefly review three of the laws that grant employees specific rights:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

If you were fired for being gay, understand your legal rights

With the legalization of same-sex marriage, many Americans assumed that discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation was a thing of the past. However, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, if you're a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, you know that you're always at risk of facing discrimination on the street, at work, at church and even at home.

When it comes to work-related sexual orientation discrimination, this can have the most negative consequences for the victim because it can interrupt their ability to earn an income and support themselves and family. Therefore, you need to know your rights.

3 signs you're being sexually harassed

Sexual harassment has a strange way of sneaking up on its victims. It starts as a simple touch or what seems like an innocent compliment. Then, gradually, it escalates into insulting and sexually-charged comments, requests for sexual favors and even demands for sexual acts with threats of retaliation. No matter how severe the sexual harassment is, you don't have to put up with it.

Here are a few signs to watch out for:

Was I wrongfully fired under the pretense of downsizing?

If you have recently been fired, it is likely that you were surprised by the sudden and arguably unnecessary termination of your employment. While your employer does not need to give a specific reason for why you were fired, they cannot fire you for a wrongful reason. For example, they cannot fire you for a discriminatory reason such as your race, religion, pregnancy or sexual orientation.

It often happens that when a person is wrongfully fired, they are given a reason under a false pretense. This might make the fired employee suspicious, and they may have reason to believe that they were wrongfully fired.

Facing a discriminatory firing as a driver

If you are a commercial driver in the state of California, you would hope that you would be judged on your ability to drive safely and professionally, rather than on anything else. Unfortunately, many drivers in the state of California have experienced being fired for no good reason, leading them to believe that they may have been fired because of discrimination.

If you believe that you were fired because of your race, nationality, gender or religion, it is important to take action. Before doing so, you should take the time to understand how the law works in the state of California.

Can I be legally fired after announcing my pregnancy?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was signed 40 years ago, in 1978. However, in 2018, women across the United States continue to be fearful about announcing their pregnancy or going on maternity leave for fear of retaliation.

Statistics show that while pregnancy discrimination is still a very big issue, it may be something that women are now more eager to take a stand for. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that workplace pregnancy discrimination claims rose 46 percent between 1997 and 2011. This could suggest that the increase of women in the workplace has led to more pregnant women in the workplace, or that women are more aware of their rights to be free of discrimination.

Studies showcase problems older workers continue to face

In the last year, California has passed numerous laws meant to decrease the amount of employee discrimination. While most of these lean more towards preventing sexual harassment, there are a few that hope to minimize work discrimination as a whole. Certain laws make it more difficult for employers to reject harassment claims in the workplace.

These new laws could be beneficial for older workers who continue to face age discrimination in their respective fields. Recently, the financial information website MarketWatch highlighted various studies surrounding the current atmosphere for older workers that are either employed or still looking for jobs. There is still more work to do to minimize this issue despite some improvement in certain areas.

Sexual harassment lawsuits filed by men are increasing

If you are male and believe that you have been victim to sexual harassment in the state of California, you might feel hesitant to make a claim. This could be due to different reasons; however, it is important to note that the number of men coming forward to report sexual harassment is increasing.

In 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that 16.1 percent of all sexual harassment charges were filed by men. In 2013, this number had increased to 17.6 percent. Therefore, it is a clear fact that any person of any gender can suffer as a result of sexual harassment, and such behavior should not be tolerated in the workplace under any circumstances.

Injuries at casinos can result in liability claims

Casinos are fast-paced environments that can bring excitement, entertainment and good fortune. In order to create an entertaining premises, casinos serve alcohol on the casino floor and often use lighting creatively. While most people visiting casinos report having a good experience whether they win or lose, unfortunately, some people report injuries as a result of hazards on the premises.

If you have become injured while a customer in a California casino, it is a good idea to consider whether you believe that the premises in question could have prevented the injury. If the injury was caused by a hazard that the premises should have fixed, you may be able to make a claim for damages.


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