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New ruling on Equal Pay Act moves to close gender pay gap

California has been ahead of the curve in addressing income inequality. Activists and legislators have worked hard to ensure that people of all races, backgrounds and genders are paid a fair wage for the same work. One of the most challenging barriers to this work is the persisting gender pay gap.

The gap is "an embarrassing reality of our economy," according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Their recent ruling makes progress by declaring women cannot make less than men because of a pay gap from earlier employment.

Men account for 17 percent of sexual harassment claims

Domination and humiliation are among the motives for sexual harassment in the workplace. Ask nearly any woman about being sexually harassed in this scenario, and she will likely tell you as much. Empowered by the #MeToo movement, many women have come forward angrily, and sometimes tearfully, to share their experiences of being a victim of sexual harassment.

According to a CNBC poll from late last year, 27 percent of the women surveyed reported they had been sexually harassed at work. But did you know that in that same survey, 10 percent of men also cited that they had been sexually harassed in the workplace?

New employment laws set in for Californians

California enacted nearly 900 new laws in 2017, and much of the legislation moved towards protecting employees in all sorts of workplaces. Employers and managers are adjusting their businesses to accommodate these new statutes. These include new hiring procedures, immigration enforcement and allowances for parental leave.

Employers in the Golden State are now prohibited from asking new job applicants about salary history in order to form an offer. Applicants are permitted to volunteer this information, which could include benefits as well as salary. Applicants may also expect a pay scale provided by a prospective employer upon request.

California suit alleges wrongful termination and unfair policy

California's strong economy depends heavily on workers' ability to feel safe and secure in their jobs and workplaces. State laws and observing agencies help keep sites safe for employees as well as protect workers' rights to fair compensation and against dismissal without a fair cause.

Four former employees from two offices of a health insurance firm in the Golden State have joined together to sue their previous employer for wrongful termination. Their claim centers on the company's compensation plan for managers, which the plaintiffs claim is illegal.

California schools under scrutiny for sexual harassment

Sexual harassment has been a problem in workplaces for decades if not longer. Fortunately, efforts across the nation and world have modernized attitudes towards gender and sexual harassment has decreased. Most workers, including all workers in California, also have options for fighting back against harassment when it happens.

The focus on preventing and correcting patterns of inappropriate sexualized behavior often rests on the workplace, where harassment can halt productivity as well as affect individuals unfairly. But these practices occur in many places in public society, and all of us have the responsibility to report instances of harassment and discrimination.

Disability discrimination goes beyond workplaces in California

Disability discrimination applies beyond workplaces and ensuring that all employees have fair and equal access to their business. Federal laws, supplemented by California statutes, protect the rights of physically disabled people to be equal customers, visitors and consumers of publicly available services.

Lawsuits to stop and correct disability discrimination have an effect beyond compensating the direct victim of a practice that restricts his or her access. The elimination of designs and processes that keep out disabled people is good for the whole community, as it encourages increased understanding and use of the protective laws.

CA firefighter files federal lawsuit for sexual harassment

A 10-year veteran California firefighter filed a federal lawsuit in February against her fire department employer, claiming she was subjected to years of sexual harassment, incidents of physical assault and denied training that male colleagues were provided.

This scenario involving firefighter LisaMarie Mason of the El Dorado Hills Fire Department appears to be a classic case of a victim in a hostile work environment. Mason had the courage to take action after years of abuse within the fire department’s “culture of sexism” as described in the documents filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

Workplace discrimination led to massive civil suit

Workplaces are centers of productivity and should be free of any sort of discrimination due to race, gender, sexual orientation and other classifications protected by the state of California. If supervisors and colleagues abuse people in the workplace, the victim has the right to speak out against it.

One former member of a major California city's sanitation bureau has allegedly faced most of the possible forms of workplace discrimination during his career. He was transferred to a new office, allegedly as punishment for complaining about the misconduct of a colleague. He was fired when he complained about the reassignment.

Lawsuit challenges independent contractor status in California

Employment is a privilege, and employees of all kinds are granted specific rights under United States and California law. These laws guarantee paid wages, safe worksites and other basic requirements of security and confidence of workers, managers and customers.

One of the most meaningful issues in employment law in the last decades has been the status of employees contrasted with independent contractors. The rise of the gig economy has brought thousands of workers into contractor positions in production, services, agriculture and other sectors of the Golden State's economy.

Wrongful termination lawsuit involves California spa

People leave jobs for all sorts of reasons, but sometimes, Californians are removed from their employment for unjust reasons. If this is the case, sometimes a lawsuit can be the only solution.

The former director of facilities for a Napa County spa recently filed a lawsuit against his previous employer for wrongful termination through retaliation. The plaintiff alleges that he was fired after assorted attempts to make sure the company complied with federal and state guidelines.


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