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September 2013 Archives

California county faces harassment lawsuit

Sacramento County in California is facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to deal with sexual harassment complaints brought against an employee of one of its agencies. According to documents, two former employees of the county's Department of Agriculture and Weights and Measures have filed suit alleging that their supervisor harassed them over a period of several years. The women state that they reported the sexual harassment to management but that their allegations were never properly looked into.

Abercrombie wrongly fired woman for wearing hijab

A federal judge has ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch was wrong when they fired a female Muslim employee of one of its Bay-area stores for insisting on wearing a hijab, which is a scarf that covers the head. The company argued that the hijab she wore violated its marketing strategy. The judge, however, found that there was no creditable evidence that the headgear affected the store's sales and said it was a case of employment discrimination.

Tax-exempt status of some groups at risk in California

Legislators in California are considering revoking the tax-exempt status from a number of groups, such as the Boy Scouts and different little league sports, if they discriminate when choosing members. The bill, SB 323, stops any of the nonprofit youth groups from receiving exemptions that demonstrate sexual-orientation discrimination or discrimination based on race, nationality or religion. The bill seems to be focused on the Boy Scouts in light of the controversy regarding the group's restrictions on letting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people become members or leaders. While the national organization later decided to admit gay members, they continued to ban any leaders who were openly homosexual. A Democratic state senator was upset by their decision and decided to introduce and push the legislation.

Proposed increase to California minimum wage

Lawmakers are in the process of trying to raise California's statutory minimum wage of $8 per hour. A California Assemblyman proposed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour in 2014, $8.75 per hour in 2015, $9 per hour in 2016, $9.50 per hour in 2017 and finally $10 per hour in 2018. Similar bills were proposed in 2010 and 2011, but the State Assembly Appropriations Committee did not push the bills through.

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