Los Angeles, CA: The Los Angeles Times is used to reporting on lawsuits, but now it faces a California discrimination lawsuit of its own, filed by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Jeffrey Gottlieb filed the lawsuit, alleging age discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
San Francisco, CA: He had been performing his job faithfully for 30 years, in so doing becoming a football institution in San Francisco. Bob Sarlatte, the stadium announcer for the San Francisco 49ers, on the job since 1984, and for a generation of football fans his was the only voice fans heard inside the stadium when they attended a 49ers game. Today, Sarlatte is suing for California age discrimination.
Sacramento, CA: As of April 1, 2016, California has amended its Fair Employment and Housing Act regulations to include new requirements for employers. These new requirements involve discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace, and cover all employers who regularly employ five or more individuals. Employers who violate the regulations could face California employee lawsuits.
San Jose, CA: Yahoo faces a California discrimination lawsuit filed by a man who alleges his firing violates California employment laws. The lawsuit, which was filed February 1, 2016, alleges the plaintiff was fired because he is male. It also alleges violations of the WARN Act and seeks various damages and back pay.
Sacramento, CA: On January 1, 2016, California’s Fair Pay Act, SB 358 (Jackson), will take effect. The bill will give more grounds for employees to challenge pay discrimination. In addition to addressing wage disparity, the bill is designed to prevent employers from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay.
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Although there are existing state and federal laws that address pay inequality, those laws contain loopholes that make it easier for employers to prevent employee discussions of their pay. For example, one of the provisions in the existing California law regards wage differentials only when they occur at the same establishment, not within the same company. So a woman doing the same work as a man, for the same company but at a different office could still be paid less without breaking the law.
“Pay secrecy also contributes to the gender wage gap, because women cannot challenge wage discrimination that they do not know exists,” the bill states. “Although California law prohibits employers from banning wage disclosures and retaliating against employees for engaging in this activity, in practice many employees are unaware of these protections and others are afraid to exercise these rights due to potential retaliation.”
Revisions to the bill would mean employers would have to prove a wage differential is based not on gender but on seniority, merit, quantity or quality of production, or another legal factor other than sex. Otherwise, if men and women do substantially similar work, they must be paid the same even if their job titles and employment locations are different. Furthermore, employers would be prohibited from retaliating or discrimination against any employee who attempts to protect her rights based on the bill, and would further be prohibited from preventing employees from discussing their wages or the wages of other employees.
Employers who are found to violate the law could face legal action. The new bill could see a rise in gender pay discrimination once it takes effect.
Sacramento, CA: A California employee discrimination lawsuit has resulted in a multimillion-dollar award for the plaintiff, who alleged her job termination was the result of age and gender discrimination. The plaintiff, Barbara Anderton, filed the lawsuit against Bass Underwriters in 2013 and according to the Sacramento Bee (10/15/15), recently received a $4.75 million award.