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December 2017 Archives

Sexual harassment prevalent among low-wage workers

Women across many industries face problems in the workplace, but low-wage work does not have the glamour and press appeal of other professions, such as law and acting. In California, women experience sexual harassment in great numbers in the accommodation and restaurant industries, and it can be hard for these women to find solutions. However, solutions do exist for low-wage workers. 

Employment discrimination a problem for federal lawmakers

A recent revelation from a government office shows the financial costs associated with workplace lawsuits. The House Office of Compliance released documents that gave details about employment discrimination settlements between the years of 2008 and 2012. California residents may be surprised to learn about the cases that have led to the dissemination of so many taxpayer dollars.

Avoiding overtime in media and facts about wage theft

The FBI estimates that there is about $12.7 billion lost to property crime every year, and some experts put the total amount stolen from employees as $15 billion per year, meaning that employers likely steal more money from people every year than every burglar in the nation put together. Some employees are more vulnerable than others -- service workers and the working poor are among the hardest hit. In California, some employers ask workers in the media to bill differently in order to avoid paying overtime.

Man claims he was fired for taking leave under FMLA

One new father was excited for the addition to the family and attempted to take more responsibility for childcare. He took a few weeks off to bond and help his wife but was later fired. The man claims that his employer unfairly punished him for taking leave per the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, and filed a case. California parents may be interested to learn more about the man's struggle for fair paternity leave. 

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