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May 2012 Archives

California labor hotline aims to combat wage and hour complaints

Employees in California have a new tool available to them when they are faced with unlawful workplace activities. California's Labor Enforcement Task Force along with other agency partners have launched a new hotline with the goal of providing workers and employers alike with somewhere they can safely report illegal employment activities if they suspect a business of using illegal tactics to gain an edge over their competitors.

California ranks in top 3 for workplace discrimination complaints

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's annual report claims their last fiscal year saw a record number of discrimination complaints received by the EEOC across the United States. California came in third place for number of workplace discrimination complaints, which ranged from retaliation to race, sex, religion, disability, family medical history and age discrimination.

Sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Mercer County Sheriff's deputy

A former Sheriff's Deputy with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department has filed a lawsuit claiming he was harassed on the job due to his sexual orientation. The lawsuit claims he was wrongfully terminated because he is gay. The suit, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court, is seeking $5 million in damages for emotional distress and lost wages that resulted from his wrongful termination.

Could donating your kidney to your boss get you fired?

Apparently so, at least for one employee who generously donated a kidney so her boss could move up the donor list to only later be fired for missing work due to taking time off to recover from the surgery. Although this particular story comes from the other side of the country, California residents may find it interesting due to the sensationalistic aspects of a case the press have dubbed the "kidney donor case."

EEOC rules transgender employees are protected by Title VII

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled last week that transgender individuals are indeed protected under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, among other protected classes. The EEOC ruling stated that intentionally discriminating against a transgender individual because they are transgender is a form of sex discrimination.

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