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July 2012 Archives

Tough times could lead employers to put the squeeze on workers

It's no secret that people in Fresno, California, are feeling the effects of the weak economy. While individuals and families do what they can to get by, cutting out unnecessary expenses whenever possible, employers and businesses are doing the same thing. In some cases, however, that can lead to violations of California or federal wage and hour laws.

CIA sexual harassment cases could lead to spy vs. spy claims

Being a spy is undoubtedly a dangerous profession, but, according to reports coming out of the Central Intelligence Agency, fighting off the amorous advances of the boss might be a female spy's greatest challenge. The CIA is increasing its enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy against workplace sexual harassment by agency supervisors after complaints from female workers assigned to duty stations in war zones.According to the reports, female CIA workers were subjected to conduct ranging from sexually oriented jokes and offensive sexual comments to unwanted sexual advances by male supervisors. In response to the complaints, the CIA director has appointed an investigator to handle complaints coming from workers in war zone offices.

Domino's Pizza might be liable in sexual harassment suit

A young woman who sued Domino's Pizza in a sexual harassment suit, only to have the claim dismissed in court, might get justice after all: An appellate court ruled that the suit could go forward. The young woman, who was just 16 at the time of the alleged harassment and assault, sued Domino's and the franchise that she worked for.

State agency sued by U.S. Dept. of Justice for discrimination

In yet another workplace discrimination case, the United States Department of Justice is suing a state agency of California's neighbors to the east for discrimination in the wrongful termination of an employee. The Department of Justice lawsuit is seeking monetary relief for the employee in addition to a court order requiring the agency to develop and institute policies that prevent pregnancy discrimination and other types of employment discrimination at the agency.

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