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December 2014 Archives

Protections given to transgender workers in California

The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, recently put out a memo that can have huge implications for transgender workers in California and all across the United States. According to the document, an interpretation of existing laws on the federal level now means that transgender individuals cannot be discriminated against in any workplace setting.

If one of your arguments doesn't work, another just might

Employment law claims can be complex. While some cases are relatively straightforward, many are nuanced. As a result, attorneys must often argue that an employee has been harmed in numerous ways, legally speaking. Even if a worker is suing due to a single act, that one act may be associated with numerous legal terms and theories. For example, if a worker is demoted due to speaking out against a racist comment, an attorney may opt to argue that the worker suffered discrimination, retaliation and that his or her workplace has become a hostile work environment.

Does awareness of discrimination make it more pervasive?

The New York Times recently published a piece written by respected author and businesswoman Sheryl Sandberg and professor Adam Grant. In the piece, the authors explore recent efforts made by individuals within the media, academia and business industry to raise awareness about bias within the workplace. And they ask the intriguing question of whether or not efforts to raise awareness of the presence of bias in the workplace actually backfires upon the intention of reducing bias itself.

More whistleblowers are coming forward this year

Have you felt more empowered this year than you have in years past? Have you been more willing to stand up for your rights and for justice in general? If so, you may be one of the 3,620 whistleblowers who provided the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Whistleblowers during the 2014 fiscal year. According to the commission, the number of whistleblowers who provided tips during this period of time jumped a staggering 10.1 percent over the number of whistleblowers who came forward during the 2013 fiscal year.

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