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January 2014 Archives

Siemens accused of violating wage and hour laws

A class action lawsuit was lodged against Siemens in California recently. An attorney acting on behalf of hundreds of workers both former and current alleged in U.S. District Court that the German company's rail systems arm had violated wage and hour laws and was seeking more than $10 million in general, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as penalties for waiting time, interest accrued during that time and legal fees.

Actions of Wal-Mart catch the eye of NLRB

Wal-Mart shoppers in California may have heard that the megastore chain has a reputation for being anti-union. However, the National Labor Relations Board recently escalated the fight by charging the Arkansas-based retailer with wrongful termination over employees being fired, allegedly for protesting their wages and their working conditions. Named in the complaint were 61 supervisors and executives.

BET emails cited as evidence of sexual orientation discrimination

California viewers of Black Entertainment Television may be familiar with the gender-bending look of its host B. Scott. However, leaked emails from BET seem to show evidence of what some may consider workplace discrimination as company executives express concern over his "looking like a woman" while hosting on their network. For his part, Scott characterizes his gender identity as nonconforming, although he was born male.

Fired employee sues prominent lobbyist

A fired employee has sued her former employer alleging wrongful termination, state statutory violations and defamation. Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates is a prominent California lobbying firm that boasts several high profile clients including insurance, energy and utility companies. The woman claims that she was terminated because she refused to forward several thousands of dollars of illegal contributions to elected state officials.

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