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March 2012 Archives

California warehouse workers sue for overtime wages

A second lawsuit has been filed against a logistics company alleging the company broke state wage and hour laws. The lawsuit claims company officials constructed an illegal scheme that required employees to work overtime hours without actually having to pay them the higher overtime wages. The suit is seeking class action status and was filed on behalf of three employees.

1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act spotlighted by the EEOC

Imagine you are a required to take a pregnancy test as a condition of employment, or you are a truck driver and are fired because you requested light duty work because of your doctor's recommendations. Or upon notifying your employer of your pregnancy your supervisor tells you to get an abortion. Many Californians might think these stories are from long ago, but think again, they were all discussed at last month's hearing by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the issues women and families face when it comes to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

Staffing company ordered to pay in pregnancy discrimination suit

A federal judge ordered a medical staffing company to pay $148,000 to a former employee for discriminating against the woman because she was pregnant. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the lawsuit claimed the company's owner discriminated against the employee when he made offensive comments to her about her pregnancy and then fired her because she wanted to take maternity leave after her son was born.

California: largest award for workplace harassment in U.S. history

A jury awarded one California physician's assistant what is believed to be the largest award ever for damages suffered by a single victim of workplace harassment in the U.S. Over a two-year period of employment with the hospital, the victim recalled at least 18 complaints she had made to hospital officials complaining about an array of offensive behaviors, including bullying, inappropriate touching and language of a vulgar, sexual and disparaging nature by surgeons and staff members.

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