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May 2018 Archives

Women share maternity leave experiences

All across the nation, women have to make certain choices when it comes to staying home after the birth of their babies. Some women have few options when it comes to paid maternity leave, while other women find that they are able to easily take the time off. Under California law, women are offered Family and Medical Leave Act leave and a six week state-sponsored disability leave.

8 California workers sue for sexual harassment

A workplace that was supposed to be a training ground for new and disabled workers was the target of a recent lawsuit. Eight workers won a settlement against a California Goodwill franchise and its affiliate after claiming sexual harassment. The workers said that they were repeatedly harassed by their direct supervisor.

California police officer claims employment discrimination

A worker has the right to be free from bigotry while at work. Recently, a California police officer filed a claim alleging that he had been a victim of employment discrimination. He says that his religion played a role in his mistreatment. The department maintains that his claims were taken seriously and some sources say that the man was also guilty of using racially-charged terms.

Former insurance employee wins wrongful termination suit

A man who says he was wrongfully let go from his job was recently vindicated in court. A California jury heard the case and decided that the man's arrest record was wrongfully used against him. He was awarded $18 million by the jury in the wrongful termination case. 

Sexual harassment claims emerge from Salk Institute

A respected California science institute is under fire again for the behavior of one of its top scientists. The Salk Institute, based out of La Jolla, was recently featured in the news when eight female employees spoke out to the journal Science to say that they had experienced sexual harassment from a renowned biologist over several years. The scientists denies the allegations and the Salk Institute has launched an investigation. 

More individuals support paid maternity leave

In an unusual measure of united support, studies show that most Americans believe that some type of family leave should be an option for workers. In California, in addition to federal Family and Medical Leave Act benefits, workers are offered up to six weeks of paid family leave. Other states are looking to California and others like it as they begin to develop their own programs, and perhaps that momentum will build to a national protocol for maternity leave

Former marble employee claims wrongful termination in lawsuit

A former employee of a marble company claims that he was let go from his employment without cause. The man worked for the California company for a number of years. His lawsuit claims wrongful termination as well as violations of his employee rights. 

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