A judge has granted class-action status in a lawsuit that accuses Laguna Beach of discriminating against disabled people who are also homeless, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California. Multiple rulings were issued this week by a judge in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.
Employment discrimination is against the law, no matter the industry or the company. When it comes to discriminating against potential employees or current employees, companies can face serious fines and penalties, including lawsuits from individuals or groups if it occurs. Here's how you can spot employment discrimination at your workplace.
Under California law, hourly employees are required to receive time-and-a-half pay after working eight hours in a day. Employees are also required to receive time-and-a-half pay to employees who work seven straight days in a workweek. California law also mandates double-pay for employees who work more than 12 hours a day, or employees who work more than eight hours on the seventh straight day in a work week. There are exceptions to these laws, but generally speaking, hourly employees and even many salaried employees in California are entitled to overtime pay.
Employment discrimination is illegal in the United States and the laws are in place in the state of California to prevent this type of discrimination. Even though laws are in place, it's still common for employees to suffer workplace discrimination by either co-workers or employers. You need to know the signs of employment discrimination in order to stop it immediately in California.
Many people are surprised to learn that they are an at-will employee. This means that their employer can fire them at anytime, for any reason, with or without notice. So, an at-will employee can lose his or her job the minute he or she walks into the building one morning. Or at the end of the day and not be given two weeks to find a new job. Here is a little overview of at-will employment in California.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when someone of authority straight out asks for sexual favors from someone of lesser authority. As a "reward," the target of the request gets to keep his or her job, gets a promotion, avoids a reprimand or obtains some other job-related benefit from the harasser.