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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Standardized tests can be a tool of employment discrimination

In the United States, workers are protected from discrimination on the job based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Some California job applicants may be familiar with testing as part of the employment process. Unfortunately, sometimes those tests can be used as a tool of employment discrimination, ruling out otherwise qualified employees with unfair tests that are not relevant to the skills required for the job they are applying for. 

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.

Recent study indicates employment discrimination may be common

The results of a recent study regarding the effects of discrimination in the workplace may seem daunting but perhaps can be used to positively affect change, not only in California workplaces but around the nation. The study evaluated the responses of 500 participants who face various forms of employment discrimination. Results showed that over a quarter of the study's respondents commonly encounter discrimination.

Lawsuit alleges employment discrimination based on gender, race

In California, as in all other states across the nation, workplace discrimination based on race or gender is illegal. In another state, though, after years of alleged employment discrimination, a police sergeant has filed a lawsuit for the poor treatment she continues to receive from her employers and co-workers. Her numerous complaints range from claims of being passed over for promotion to supervisors instructing her to style her hair differently.

Transgender man files suit claiming employment discrimination

A transgender man filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming wrongful termination against his former employer, IXL Learning Inc. The suit claims employment discrimination occurred after he asserted his protected status following a leave for gender confirmation surgery. The complaint also names another individual at the company who allegedly violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and discriminated against the man.

California-based Oracle accused of employment discrimination

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing technology giant Oracle America Inc. Complaints against the company, whose headquarters are in California, allege numerous instances of employment discrimination. After a years-long investigation, the DOL filed its complaint of racial discrimination with an administrative judge because the company receives hundreds of millions of dollars as a federal government contractor.

Wal-Mart to pay $75,000 in disability discrimination lawsuit

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a huge retailer with stores in California and across the nation, was accused of violating federal discrimination law when it purportedly failed to accommodate a former employee's physical limitations. A disability discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of the then-employee accused the retailer of failing to provide adequate workplace accommodations for the woman's disability, and also claimed that she was the focus of harassment as well. The company will pay the woman $75,000 to settle the lawsuit.

Historic court ruling for employment discrimination rights

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a federal court's ruling that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This ruling shows that the court agrees with the EEOC's position in its lawsuit that claimed that LGBT discrimination is sex discrimination. California readers may be interested in the changes that this ruling could create in future employment discrimination lawsuits.

UC Berkley former dean sues school for employment discrimination

The University of California system has been the subject of many employment-related lawsuits during the past year. Specifically, the University of California, Berkeley, has been rocked by lawsuits against 19 employees for sexual harassment. Recently, the former dean of the law school filed a lawsuit against the school system alleging employment discrimination, racial discrimination and damages to his career and reputation.

Religion and employment discrimination

Though freedom of religion is one of the most important rights that Americans enjoy, the role of religion in a corporate work environment can be complicated. Even if a company is privately held, it is still bound by the restrictions that are set forth in the Constitution. California workers may be interested in the fact that employment discrimination based upon religious beliefs is illegal and could be grounds for legal action.

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