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February 2019 Archives

California hospital worker wins over $1 million after termination

A California jury validated the claims of a 61-year-old former hospital worker, who at the time of trial was unemployed, that her former employer discriminated against her. The case may turn some heads in the Fresno area because it was not based on race, age or gender per se but instead was based on the fact that the woman lost her job after getting hurt at work. The woman, who had worked for the hospital for almost 25 years, hurt herself while trying to move medical equipment.

New state law on sexual harassment training coming soon

Under current California law, mid-sized and larger employers with a presence in this state have to provide two hours of training to help supervisors avoid, spot and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The current law requires all people in supervisory or management positions to take this training.

Some more subtle forms of pregnancy discrimination

As this blog has discussed on several previous occasions, it is unlawful for a Fresno, California, employer to treat their pregnant employees, or job applicants, differently because they are pregnant. On the grander scale, this means not firing, refusing to hire or disciplining a person because she pregnant. However, there are also some subtler forms of pregnancy discrimination that can injure employees both emotionally and financially.

Recent study shows just how bad breastfeeding discrimination is

We’ve discussed frequently how much of a problem pregnancy discrimination continues to be. Some women may lose their jobs or slowly lose more hours because employers cannot seem to handle having a pregnant worker on the staff. Unfortunately, even if you manage to go through the whole process and face no consequences during your trimesters, you may not quite be safe yet.

Mass transit company facing pregnancy discrimination claims

A mass transit company that helps move commuters and others about the eastern part of the Bay Area in California is facing allegations of pregnancy discrimination. In addition to the pregnancy discrimination allegations, the company, AC Transit, is also being accused of not allowing mothers to engage in breastfeeding or breast-pumping, both of which are activities that California law protects.

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