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November 2016 Archives

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.

Farmers Insurance to make payment in wrongful termination claim

Though it may be difficult for some to imagine, workers in California today are still subjected to harassment, retaliation and discrimination in the workplace. However, these issues are unfortunately still seen across every sector and even in some large and distinguished companies. Recently, an article reported that Farmers Insurance Exchange settled a wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination claim that was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Exec sues E! for wrongful termination

When employees in California go through a debilitating illness, the last thing that most want to worry about is their job security. It seems given in today's professional workplace that when employees are required to go through necessary medical treatments, their employers will understand certain performance lapses and their jobs will be waiting for them when they can return to full-time work. Recently, an article reported that an executive going through breast cancer treatment has sued E! News for wrongful termination when she was fired after lackluster performance.

Employment and potential hour disputes: exempt vs. nonexempt

There are distinct differences between exempt and nonexempt employees. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act governs workers in California and determines whether employees are entitled to be paid according to minimum wage standards, including overtime pay, or whether they should be paid salaries. Workers who have concerns about employment misclassification and wonder if they are eligible to raise hour disputes may be interested in the difference between the two classifications.

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