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California Extends Family Leave to Small Businesses

By Jonathan Weinman |

Starting on January 1, 2018, about 2.8 million small business workers in California will become eligible to take 12 weeks of parental leave to care for a newborn without losing their jobs. Two decades ago, the federal government passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), which granted parental leave to workers employed by large businesses –… Read More »

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EEOC Reaches $10M Settlement with Motor Vehicle Giant in Employment Discrimination and Harassment Case

By Jonathan Weinman |

Last month, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had reached an agreement with Ford Motor Company to pay more than $10 million in an employment discrimination and harassment case. The lawsuit, brought by the federal agency, focused on alleged discriminatory and harassing behavior against black and female workers at… Read More »

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Age Discrimination Case Brought by EEOC Results in $12M Settlement

By Jonathan Weinman |

Last month, Texas Roadhouse, a national restaurant chain, was ordered to pay $12 million to settle an employment discrimination case filed by the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC alleged that the restaurant chain violated federal law by adapting a nationwide pattern of age discrimination when hiring hourly employees to work front-of-the-house,… Read More »

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Study Finds 1 in 4 Victims of Workplace Discrimination Face Stress and Depression

By Jonathan Weinman |

A study by VitalSmarts, a leadership training firm, found that more than 1-in4 employees who experience discrimination at work suffer from feelings of depression, anxiety, frustration, and helplessness. The study’s researchers polled 500 victims of discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status and… Read More »

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Federal Appeals Court Affirms Ruling in $2.1 Million Labor Law Case

By Jonathan Weinman |

Earlier this month, the federal appeals court in Colorado upheld an earlier ruling that had found an Oklahoma Mexican restaurant El Tequila and its owner in direct violation of labor laws, specifically the Fair Labor Standards Act. The case dealt specifically with the mishandling of employee wages and failure to keep accurate time records…. Read More »

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California’s Fair Pay Act Expanded to Cover Race & Ethnicity and Prior Compensation History

By Jonathan Weinman |

It has been over one year since the 2015 California Fair Pay Act was passed, which is regarded as being the country’s toughest gender discrimination law.[1]  The law applies to companies in all industries and of all sizes, and generally requires equal pay for substantially similar work between men and women. 2016 Sees Expansion… Read More »

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Walmart Truck Drivers Win $55 Million in Back Pay

By Jonathan Weinman |

Walmart has been ordered by a California jury to pay about 850 of its current and former truck drivers a total of $55 million for violating California wage and hour laws. The jury’s award consisted of two main parts.  First, the jury found that Walmart failed to separately compensate its truckers for the time… Read More »

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New California Law Allows Cities and Counties to Enforce State Wage Laws

By Jonathan Weinman |

A new law in the state of California is set to enable counties and cities to work with the state’s Division of Labor Standards enforcement (DLSE) to enforce compliance with wage laws. The law, California S.B. 1342, is intended to provide local enforcement organizations the tools necessary to conduct thorough wage claim investigations to… Read More »

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Drivers File Wrongful Termination Suit Against Ridesharing Giants

By Jonathan Weinman |

Earlier this year, thousands of drivers became unemployed when ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber pulled service from Austin, Texas following a vote on new regulations. Fast forward to earlier this month – two drivers who lost their jobs filed class action lawsuits in California, citing the ridesharing organizations’ failure to adequately inform its… Read More »

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Boeing Hit with Another Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

By Jonathan Weinman |

Earlier this year, eight former and current African-American employees who work at Boeing in El Segundo, California filed a lawsuit against the giant aerospace firm. The lawsuit against Boeing is seeking damages for harassment and discrimination based on gender and race in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. All plaintiffs state… Read More »

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