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September 2012 Archives

Sacramento principal wants staff reassigned after complaint

Sexual harassment on the job is never acceptable, but sometimes it takes a lot of bravery for someone to report it. People who are victims of sexual harassment may worry about the impact that coming forward can have not only on themselves but on their coworkers. A school principal in Sacramento, California, is now catching some heat for his actions against a woman who filed a complaint and that woman's direct supervisor.

New California law clarifies rules for employers about religion

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will help battle religious and national origin discrimination, particularly against Sikhs and Muslims, in the state. The Workplace Religious Freedom Act reiterates the prohibition of workplace discrimination against employees who wear turbans, beards, hijabs or yarmulkes.

Did coal mine owner force workers to attend political rally?

Coal miners working for one of the largest private coal companies in the United States were allegedly forced to attend an Aug. 14 rally supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The Ohio-based coal company closed the mine for the day, and in possible violation of wage and hour laws, docked the miners' pay. The wife of a miner said that attendance to the rally was mandatory. The company told workers to come to a local school at 8 a.m. to register their attendance. They then had to spend most of the day waiting to be transported to the rally. An official from the coal company agreed that the workers' attendance was mandatory, but the company forced no one to attend.

Employee sues Burger King for not letting her have it her way

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed an employment discrimination suit against a Burger King franchisee for firing a cashier after she showed up to work wearing a skirt. The cashier is a member of the Christian Pentecostal church. The woman told managers that her faith required her to wear gender-appropriate clothing while at work -- specifically, a skirt instead of the standard-issue Burger King uniform pants. The woman explained her dress-code position to the hiring manager, who appeared to not have an issue with the employee's request in the interview. However, when the employee came to work wearing a skirt on her first day, store management said her attire was inappropriate and told her leave the store.

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