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May 2017 Archives

Overtime an issue for California sheriff's deputies

The 40 hour work week was designed so that workers can have balance in their work and home lives. Overtime pay can be a blessing to some, but forced overtime can be a curse to a balanced family life. It really depends on whether the worker is willing and able to allot the extra time to the job. A recent news story shares about a California sheriff's office that is trying to balance staffing issues and overtime needs. 

California VR company sued for wrongful termination, harassment

A harmonious work environment contributes to the productivity and happiness of all employees. There are laws in place that protect employees from hostile work environments. When an employee requests reasonable accommodations, or the reversal of a hostile work environment, he or she cannot be fired for doing so; otherwise, that is wrongful termination. In recent news, a California startup faces allegations of creating a hostile, sex-focused work environment and is also charged with wrongfully terminating a female employee. 

California study: Female docs face maternity leave discrimination

Being a doctor can be a pretty enviable vocation. It comes with the respect of your community, advanced education and higher than average incomes, but as it turns out, being a doctor can still be a challenging place for a woman. Many women still face institutional discrimination in this profession when it comes to breastfeeding, maternity leave and other women's issues, as a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco illustrates. 

Sexual harassment issue in California gets apology

Sexual harassment in the workplace is bad enough, but when employees do not feel supported by their agency directors and supervisors, the experience becomes much worse. Recently, the director of Veterans Affairs for Northern California Health Care System has changed his tune regarding some comments he made about harassment in the workplace. Three women have made sexual harassment claims against VA supervisors, alleging that they were victims of harassment and stalking. Sexual harassment in the workplace is demeaning, demoralizing and traumatizing to employees and contributes to a toxic work environment. 

Fresno school employee prompts employment discrimination case

A federal court has ruled that employers can pay women less than men for the same work based on their previous salaries. The ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling by a lower court. The ruling still has its opponents who claim that this practice violates the Equal Pay Act and is employment discrimination based on sex.

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