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December 2018 Archives

Big pregnancy discrimination case turns heads across country

California employees may be interested to hear that the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the settlement of allegations against a major nationwide corporation. The action alleged pregnancy discrimination in that a major retailer, which ironically sells women's clothing, was accused of not accommodating pregnant employees as required by law.

Health care provide settles pregnancy discrimination lawsuit

A healthcare provided in California, Family HealthCare Network, settled a federal pregnancy discrimination lawsuit with United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The settlement involved the company's having to pay $1.75 million in fines, as well as re-evaluating their procedures and ensuring additional training of managers.

Many men admit to harassing behaviors

It may come as little surprise to women in Fresno, California, that sexual harassment is an ongoing problem in the American workplace. Almost half of all women have reported experiencing sexual harassment while at work. What is interesting is that, according to a relatively recent survey, many men were in confidence willing to admit to engaging in some sort of behavior at work that, legally, might be considered sexual harassment.

Racial marginalization in the workplace

Recently, a former Strategic Partner Manager at a large social media company decided to resign from his position after experiencing racial discrimination at work. He had been one of a small percentage of the company's black employees, many of whom he shared these frustrations with. He attempted to raise awareness on their encounters through a company forum post, but his employers did not show the support he was hoping for. As a result, he decided to address his experiences on social media, discussing the subtle ways large corporations may be racially marginalizing their employees:

Sexual harassment an ongoing problem in tech world

Although technology companies that are so popular in California have a reputation for having pro-employee and progressive workplaces, they may not be living up to that reputation when it comes to gender discrimination and sexual harassment. It has long been thought, for instance, that women are grossly underrepresented in the big technology and software engineering firms located in Silicon Valley and in other quarters of this state. It also seems that, perhaps because of this underrepresentation, a lot of women who work in the tech industry also experience sexual harassment.

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