A hugely popular news media organization is facing allegations of unfair and gender-biased pay in a recent lawsuit. The California company is again in the spotlight for its workplace issues, this time with female employees stating that they were paid significantly less than their male co-workers. The employment discrimination lawsuit follows earlier allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its employees.
Technology and science industries are rapidly advancing across much of California, but some people insist that they are being left out. Despite millions of new jobs in science, technology, engineering and math -- STEM -- minorities tend to be underrepresented in these fields. Many claim that this is not due to a lack of qualified candidates, but because of employment discrimination.
A preschool teacher within the tech giant Google has alleged that it pays its female employees less. The allegation comes at a time when the California-based company has been under fire for similar claims of employment discrimination. Google denies the allegations, saying that the reports of unequal pay do not take other circumstances into consideration.
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.
This has been a year riddled with legal challenges for one groundbreaking automaker that is being sued once again. This time, California automaker Tesla is being accused of employment discrimination based upon its treatment of African-American workers at its local plant. A class-action lawsuit has been filed, claiming that the company did nothing to stop racist abuse in the workplace.
It is hard for a company to buck long-standing gender norms and stereotypes, but in the United States, it isn't an option. Since gender and racial equality are written into law, businesses must find a way to overcome any lingering cultural negativity and embrace fair workplaces for all. Employment discrimination has negative impacts on the well-being of employees, and the company will also suffer as a result. California technology giant Google is currently grappling with these issues as more ex-employees speak out about their experience of bias on the job.
Recently, tech giant Google released an employee who wrote a memo about gender differences as a way to describe the gap in representation in technology jobs. The memo sought to demonstrate biological differences between men and women and was written from a conservative perspective. Upon its release, the California company fired the employee, citing that the man was perpetuating harmful stereotypes in the workplace. The man is considering his legal options as he believes his firing was a result of employment discrimination.
In the United States, workers are protected from discrimination on the job based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Some California job applicants may be familiar with testing as part of the employment process. Unfortunately, sometimes those tests can be used as a tool of employment discrimination, ruling out otherwise qualified employees with unfair tests that are not relevant to the skills required for the job they are applying for.
A federal court has ruled that employers can pay women less than men for the same work based on their previous salaries. The ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling by a lower court. The ruling still has its opponents who claim that this practice violates the Equal Pay Act and is employment discrimination based on sex.
The results of a recent study regarding the effects of discrimination in the workplace may seem daunting but perhaps can be used to positively affect change, not only in California workplaces but around the nation. The study evaluated the responses of 500 participants who face various forms of employment discrimination. Results showed that over a quarter of the study's respondents commonly encounter discrimination.