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August 2013 Archives

Jury upholds $4.6 million wrongful termination verdict

California residents might be interested in a case that occurred in March 2010, in which a woman sued her former employer, Regus Group, for wrongful termination, claiming that they fired her because she lodged a complaint about cutbacks in rest and meal breaks. When a jury ruled in favor of the former employee, the company requested a new trial based on a number of factors, including allegations that the jury had not been properly instructed, misconduct and other legal errors.

California employers watch Senate on worker discrimination bill

A bill that would end LGBT worker discrimination throughout the United States was seen as possibly going to a vote in the Senate. Specifically, sexual orientation discrimination, as well as that based on gender identity, would be banned under the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The bill was passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, with its support divided along partisan lines.

California woman claims sexual harassment by city councilman

Another California city is facing allegations of impropriety by an elected official. With San Diego still reeling from allegations of its mayor's sexual misconduct, the City of Los Angeles is coming under fire for the alleged conduct of city councilman Jose Huizar. Huizar's former deputy chief of staff filed a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing claiming that she experienced discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation because she refused Huizar's sexual advances.

Founder of Bikram Yoga accused of rape and sexual harassment

California residents might be interested to hear that the founder of a popular style of yoga was accused of rape and sexual assault. Furthermore, a lawyer for a former employee of the guru told the Huffington Post that the man inspired fear in his employees and ran his company like a cult. A civil rights attorney stated that the company threatened to have her client and her 8-year-old daughter deported after she stood up to the man.

Shaw's grocery store sued for wrongful termination

California residents who follow national news relating to employment law are taking notice of a lawsuit that was filed recently in Concord, New Hampshire. A former employee of the grocery store chain Shaw's filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming that she was unfairly terminated because of her medical condition and that her rights under the Family Medical Leave Act were violated.

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