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.
In California, as in all other states across the nation, workplace discrimination based on race or gender is illegal. In another state, though, after years of alleged employment discrimination, a police sergeant has filed a lawsuit for the poor treatment she continues to receive from her employers and co-workers. Her numerous complaints range from claims of being passed over for promotion to supervisors instructing her to style her hair differently.
A transgender man filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming wrongful termination against his former employer, IXL Learning Inc. The suit claims employment discrimination occurred after he asserted his protected status following a leave for gender confirmation surgery. The complaint also names another individual at the company who allegedly violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and discriminated against the man.
The U.S. Department of Labor is suing technology giant Oracle America Inc. Complaints against the company, whose headquarters are in California, allege numerous instances of employment discrimination. After a years-long investigation, the DOL filed its complaint of racial discrimination with an administrative judge because the company receives hundreds of millions of dollars as a federal government contractor.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a huge retailer with stores in California and across the nation, was accused of violating federal discrimination law when it purportedly failed to accommodate a former employee's physical limitations. A disability discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of the then-employee accused the retailer of failing to provide adequate workplace accommodations for the woman's disability, and also claimed that she was the focus of harassment as well. The company will pay the woman $75,000 to settle the lawsuit.