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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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Global Security and Aerospace Firm Named in New Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

By Jonathan Weinman |

In early July, a San Francisco-area woman filed an employment discrimination suit against her former employer, a global aerospace and security company, alleging that her termination was due to her age. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s former employer informed her of the layoff in 2015, allegedly explaining it as a move that was… Read More »

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Age Discrimination Class-Action Suit Launched against Spirit AeroSystems

By Jonathan Weinman |

Twenty four former Spirit AeroSystems employees are currently part of a class-action suit accusing their previous employer of age discrimination. A “reduction in force” (RIF) on July 25, 2013 caused 360 employees to lose their jobs. More than 200 of these employees were over the age of 40. Medical Issues Also a Factor Age… Read More »

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Home Improvement Company Settles Disability Discrimination Case for $8.6 Million

By Jonathan Weinman |

Lowe’s, a giant home impovement retail company with more than 1,800 stores in the United States, recently settled a nationwide disability discrimination lawsuit for firing thousands of workers due to disability. Discriminatory Acts  The company was accused of engaging in a pattern of discrimination against its workers with disabilities when: It fired workers and… Read More »

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California Restaurant Pays Damages to Sexual Harassment Victims for Videotaping in Bathroom

By Jonathan Weinman |

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that retaliation arising from sexual harassment complaints are steadily increasing, making up as much as 45% of EEOC charges filed nationwide. A recent case that the EEOC investigated involved a California restaurant whose young male workers were subjected to sexual harassment. Videotaping without Consent  The male complainant… Read More »

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FTC Targets False Advertising of “All Natural” Personal Care Products

By Jonathan Weinman |

According to officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), several American companies have misrepresented their personal care products as being ‘all natural’ despite the fact these products list synthetic ingredients on their labels. The five companies that the FTC has identified as misrepresenting their products as all natural are: Beyond Costal – This Utah-based… Read More »

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4 Major Updates to the California Fair Employment & Housing Act: What California Workers Need to Know

By Jonathan Weinman |

As of April 1, 2016, new amendments to the California Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) took effect, enhancing some protections for employees while instituting some new requirements for employers. The following provides an overview of these new FEHA amendments. New FEHA Amendments The latest updates to the FEHA & their impacts The latest… Read More »

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Employers Can Be Required to Make Reasonable Accommodations for Non-Disabled Employees, California Court Rules

By Jonathan Weinman |

Non-disabled employees in California who are associated with a disabled person can be entitled to reasonable accommodations from their employers, a California court recently ruled. Overturning the decision of a lower court, this ruling issued by California Court of Appeals, Second District, effectively clarifies employers’ duties to provide reasonable accommodations under the California Fair… Read More »

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