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March 2018 Archives

Firefighter files employment discrimination lawsuit in California

A man says that he was singled out and treated unfairly by his co-workers and superiors. The employment discrimination lawsuit stems from a complaint originally made by the man in 2016, one which he feels was never properly handled. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, claims that the case has been dealt with and that it intends to support the legal process in any way it can.

Sexual harassment an issue for women in medicine, too

The field of medicine is hierarchical, and the jobs with higher status and power typically belong to men. This particular recipe tends to indicate higher levels of sexual harassment for women in any field, recent studies indicate. Women in California in the medical field may be affected by sexual harassment and sometimes face injustice when reporting incidents of inappropriate behavior at work. Luckily, laws are in place to support women who stand up to mistreatment. 

California fitness chain hit with wage disputes, labor violations

Weight wasn't the only thing allegedly being lost at Camp Bootcamp recently. Wages were being lost, too. The fitness chain recently was cited and fined after complaints of wage disputes, overtime violations and rest break violations. The California company will be on the hook for $8.3 million in alleged wage theft and labor law violations. 

Reasons that might constitute wrongful termination

Employees in any industry in California have rights. Although many are at-will workers, meaning that resignations and terminations may happen at will, employees are protected from wrongful termination. However, when is a termination wrongful or illegal? One reason for dismissal that might lead to a lawsuit is claiming just cause, typically meaning disclosing confidential business issues, willful misconduct or persistent performance failure. Such accusations must be proved.

Family and Medical Leave Act may be supplemented by paid leave

Increasingly, employers recognize the importance of allowing employees time away from work to take care of an addition to the family or a sick family member. Twenty-five years ago, the federal government passed a law called the Family and Medical Leave Act. The FMLA allows workers at larger companies up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave without endangering one's job. Now, some states like California also offer paid family leave. Experts believe that the push to expand paid family leave will continue. 

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