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California Labor Law Disallows Discrimination against Filipino Nurses

San Francisco, CA Neither California labor law nor the California Nurses Association (CNA) allow for discrimination: The CNA filed a lawsuit on August 18 against California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), part of the Sutter Health Network and one of San Francisco's largest hospitals, claiming that the hospital discriminates against the hiring of Filipino registered nurses. The CNA has charged Sutter and CPMC with employment discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, and national origin at the St. Luke's Campus of Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center.

August 24, 2010

Discrimination against a Senior Black Woman: a California Labor Law Violation

Pasadena, CA "It's not just about me," says Florene, 75. "There are lots of people who are discriminated against by Sodexo. My reason to file a complaint is to add my voice, because if people don't, this kind of behavior will continue. How can companies in the 21st century act this way?" Florene is not alone in claiming that Sodexo violated California labor laws.

May 25, 2010

Retaliation, a California Labor Law Violation, on the Rise

Oxnard, CA According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation claims are at a record high level, up 18 percent from 2006. The EEOC recognizes that this is mainly due to the current economic condition and warns employers to be aware of retaliation policies, along with anti-discrimination and harassment laws. One California woman believes she has a definite retaliation case against her former employer. "Someone needs to tell [my former company] that it is violating California labor law, particularly the retaliation policy," says Margie.

March 30, 2010

California Labor Law Violations—Triple Whammy

West Hollywood, CA Not only was Daniel harassed and discriminated against in his first job, to the point that he became ill and was terminated, but when he found another job, he worked in excess of 60 hours a week without overtime pay??"three violations of the California Labor Law.

March 5, 2009

California Labor Law, Discrimination and Permatemps

San Diego, CA In 2006 Sagun was hired as a chemist by a large corporation and was told that after 6 months, his temporary position would change to full-time. But more than two years later, Sagun was still a 'permatemp', whose rights are murky when it comes to the California labor law. But Sagun also believes he was racially discriminated against, and the California state labor law is clearly opposed to any form of discrimination.

February 2, 2009

California Labor Law: Pause for Pregnancy

San Mateo, CA Federal laws regarding pregnancy discrimination have changed since 1992, thus making it easier to bring cases to trial, but pregnancy bias claims are growing: in 2006, almost 5,000 pregnancy discrimination complaints were filed with the US Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Pregnancy discrimination is a violation of the California Labor Law, and "strikes its victims at a time when they are quite vulnerable," said Joan Ehrlich, EEOC's San Francisco district director.

September 8, 2008

California Labor Law: A Double Dose of Discrimination

Calimesa, CA: "It's been a hard blow on my self-esteem to be discriminated against on two separate occasions, first one job and then another," says Patricia. The California Labor Law does not tolerate discrimination; Patricia believes she was fired because she is short and overweight and over 50 years old.

August 27, 2008

California Labor Law: No Promotion Spells Discrimination

Los Angeles, CA Alice, an African-American, says she was overlooked for promotion on six occasions and believes she was discriminated against??"a California Labor Law violation. "Each time I was up for promotion my employer hired young, white males," she says, "and they were much less qualified than me."

August 15, 2008

California Labor Law: Caution: Pregnant Women at Work

Paradise, CA The following accounts are about two pregnant women: Nancy refused to work around toxic chemicals and after much bickering and paperwork back and forth, she is still at working at the pizza parlor, on her terms. Tiffany wasn't so fortunate and believes she was fired because her employer didn't want her to take maternity leave and rehire her. She was unfairly discriminated against, which is contrary to the California labor law.

July 21, 2008

California Labor Law: Discriminated Against and Dismissed

Sacramento, CA Not only was Violeta wrongfully terminated; she was treated like a criminal and fired in the company's parking lot. "I am 57 years old and a Fillipino woman??"this new boss is bringing in students in their early 20s who work on call," says Violeta. He may be saving money for the company but it cost Violeta her livelihood.

May 10, 2008
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