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July 2013 Archives

FMLA protections post-DOMA

Californians know that on June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA held that same-sex marriages performed in states that recognize these unions were not to be recognized by the federal government. Now that DOMA has been struck down, the federal government can recognize same-sex marriages performed in Washington D.C. and the 13 states in which these marriages can take place, including California.

Workers with disabilities paid less than minimum wage

Workers with disabilities are sometimes being paid as low as $0.22 per hour. This amount is far less than minimum wage, not just in California, but throughout the nation. This fact is due to a loophole in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. This exception is implemented by the employer creating what is known as a sheltered workshop.

Unpaid Internships push the boundaries of legality

Unpaid internships in California and the rest of the United States have been on the rise among college students and graduates since the country's economy took a nosedive in 2008. Unpaid labor in violation of wage and hour laws set out by the U.S. Department of Labor is often misclassified as an "internship" or a "trainee" position.

California woman sues for pregnancy discrimination

A California woman has filed a lawsuit against her employer, supermarket chain Albertsons, alleging that the grocery store's failure to accommodate the her high-risk pregnancy resulted in the death of her baby. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a recent report from the National Women's Law Center finding that pregnant workers routinely are subjected to pregnancy discrimination and denied basic accommodations needed to keep working during pregnancy.

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