Federal watchdog for equal employment investigating age discrimination claims at Intel

Federal watchdog for equal employment investigating age discrimination claims at Intel

Following layoffs at Intel that cut over 10,000 workers around the world, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is looking into claims of age discrimination. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news after reviewing documents from the agency. After the massive cuts in 2016, dozens of former employees of the tech giant contacted […]

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Restaurant workers awarded $300,000 in wage violation case

Restaurant workers awarded $300,000 in wage violation case

The owner of three Sonoma County Mexican restaurants will pay 28 employees hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages and damages as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to settle federal wage violations. An investigation by the Wage and Hour Division in San Francisco discovered El Charro Casita Inc. and […]

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Judge rules a former principal’s pregnancy discrimination lawsuit can go to trial

Judge rules a former principal’s pregnancy discrimination lawsuit can go to trial

Allowing the case to go to trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sided with an ex-principal who alleges she experienced retaliation after filing an internal complaint for pregnancy discrimination. The school district’s lawyers had argued Christine Castillo, the former principal, waited too long to file the lawsuit. They also contested Castillo’s claim she was […]

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California bill requiring sexual harassment training targets talent industry

California bill requiring sexual harassment training targets talent industry

Employees of more than 125 talent agencies located in California will have to undergo sexual harassment prevention training if pending legislation requiring it passes in the California Assembly. Moreover, child actors and their parents or legal guardians will have to undergo similar instruction before the state’s Labor Commission will issue a work permit allowing the […]

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New York Attorney General resigns after women accuse him of physical assault

New York Attorney General resigns after women accuse him of physical assault

Four women spoke out against Eric Schneiderman alleging that they suffered physical abuse at the hands of the New York State attorney general. This comes at a shock for many, as the AG has long been considered an ally of feminists. Hours after The New Yorker first published the accusations on May 7, Schneiderman resigned […]

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Leading ride-hailing companies eliminate forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims

Leading ride-hailing companies eliminate forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims

Uber and Lyft ended its arbitration requirement for employees, riders and drivers who accuse the ride-hailing companies of sexual assault or harassment. Previously, employment contracts and riders’ terms-of-service agreements forced sexual misconduct claims against the company to be taken up in an arbitration hearing – not in open court. The old policy is common practice […]

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Security services company settles religious discrimination suit, fired employee receives $90,000

Security services company settles religious discrimination suit

National private security services company Allied Universal agreed in January to pay $90,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleged the security company would not allow a Muslim security guard to alter the company’s […]

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More women allege to be victims of sexual abuse and harassment by USC’s longtime school gynecologist

In May, 21 women filed lawsuits against the University of Southern California alleging egregious sexual abuse and misconduct by USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. And, most likely, more lawsuits are to come. Tragically, at least 410 women have contacted a university hotline regarding Tyndall, established by the school once the news of the lawsuits became […]

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California Supreme Court ruling could have monumental impact on workers in gig economy

California Supreme Court ruling could have monumental impact on workers in gig economy

California’s top court issued a decision on April 30 making it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The unanimous ruling replaced the previous test for setting employment status, which largely considered the control a company had over a worker, like where and when work was done. In recent years, […]

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A look at new California employment laws in 2018

A look at new California employment laws in 2018

2018 brings new laws to California. Here is a look at some new employment laws that might affect you: SALARY INFORMATION (Assembly Bill No. 168): Under new California law, employers are prohibited from asking job applicants for salary information as a factor used to determine whether or not to hire them. Employers are also prohibited […]

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