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Pulitzer Prize Winner Files Discrimination Lawsuit

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.

August 24, 2016

Famed San Francisco 49ers Announcer Sues for Age Discrimination

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.

June 26, 2016

California Amends Employment Discrimination Regulations

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.

April 19, 2016

Yahoo Faces California Discrimination Lawsuit

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.

February 24, 2016

California Fair Pay Act About to Take Effect

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.

According to the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), women working full time in California lose more than $33 billion annually to the wage gap, earning around 84 cents for every dollar a man earns. The statistics are even bleaker for minority women, who earn as low as 44 cents per dollar earned by white men. The California Employment Lawyers Association further argues that employers effectively prohibit or discourage employees from discussing their pay, preventing lower paid employees from fighting against pay disparity out of fear of retaliation.

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.

December 20, 2015

California Employee Discrimination Suit Nets $4.75 Million Award

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.

October 27, 2015

Longtime Chef Claims Harassment in California Discrimination Lawsuit

Torrance, CA A man who toiled for years as a chef for Benihana National Corp. has filed a wrongful termination and California discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, accusing the defendant of denying him proper wages as well as failing to come to his aid while allegedly harassed for years by other employees until he couldn’t take it any longer and resigned.

August 21, 2015

Silicon Valley Sexual Discrimination

San Francisco, CA On the heels of two recent California labor lawsuits where Facebook and the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers were sued for alleged sexual discrimination comes another charge, this time targeting Twitter.

April 6, 2015

All Eyes on Pao v. Kleiner et al in California Labor Lawsuit

Sacramento, CA One would think that in this day and age the equality gap in terms of remuneration, opportunity and civil deportment between the sexes would be continuing to narrow. Many would go so far as to suggest that any inequality, of any degree and depth, has no place in modern society. Sadly, that does not appear to be the case. Even basic labor and discrimination tenets governed by California labor law continue to be challenged in the workplace through misplaced and sometimes juvenile behaviors.

March 2, 2015

California Labor Law Protection for Discrimination and Retaliation?

Bakersfield, CA The State of California’s Division of Labor Standards investigates complaints that allege discrimination in the workplace. It states that “As an employee in the State of California…your employer cannot fire, demote, suspend or discipline you for answering any questions or providing any information to a government agency.” Although most employees know their basic rights and that discrimination is a violation of the California labor law, they are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation. Juan feels he has nowhere to turn.

February 24, 2015
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