Yoga guru sued for pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination

Pregnancy Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

Yoga instructor and yoga school administrator Sharon Clerkin filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against yoga guru Bikram Choudhury after she was allegedly terminated for becoming pregnant. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. On November 26, 2016, a California judge ordered Clerkin’s employer, Choudhury, who recently moved to India to be deposed via […]

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Former Versace employee files racial discrimination lawsuit

Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Former employee for a Versace retailer in Pleasanton, California, filed a lawsuit alleging that he was discriminated against based on his race and wrongfully terminated. The lawsuit claims the store employees used a secret code whenever a black customer entered the store. The plaintiff, Christopher Sampiro, claims in the suit that he was wrongfully terminated […]

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Employer may be liable for “associational” disability

Associational Disability

In Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., the California Court of Appeals upheld a finding that it is illegal to terminate someone based on associational discrimination, such as when the individual must care for an immediate family member with a disability. Luis Castro-Ramirez had allegedly arranged a work schedule with his supervisors for several years […]

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Goodwill Industries sued for sexual harassment and disability discrimination

Sexual Harassment and Disability Discrimination

On December 13, 2016, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit against Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area, with affiliate Calidad Industries, unlawfully permitted sexual harassment and disability discrimination against female janitors in the Oakland facility from at least 2009 to 2012. The suit claimed disability bias under the Americans […]

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What to do if you think you were fired due to racial discrimination

Racial Discrimination Attorney and Wrongful Termination Lawyer

If you have reason to believe you were wrongfully terminated from your job because of racial discrimination, you may have legal claims against your employer. There are several actions you can take to advance your rights. 1. Identifying racial discrimination in the workplace Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and California’s Fair Employment and […]

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Older workers face risk of age discrimination in tech industry

Age Discrimination in Tech

It is against the law for employers to discriminate against employees based on their age. However, technology companies may be engaging in age bias in some not-so-subtle ways by trying to phase out older workers for younger, cheaper ones. While the average age of U.S. employees is 42, workers in Silicon Valley are an average […]

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Top 5 employee wage abuses

Employee Wage Abuse

With so many unique job roles and employment practices in businesses, it can be difficult to discern whether some payment protocols adhere to state and/or federal law. Wage abuse is a common occurrence in the workplace, and employers and workers would benefit from understanding some of the common situations in which intentional or unintentional wage […]

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Los Angeles enacts Ordinance requiring 48 hours of paid sick leave

Los Angeles Paid Sick Leave

The City of Los Angeles recently enacted an Ordinance that increases employees’ mandatory sick leave entitlements, doubling the state requirements of 24 hours paid sick leave to 48 regardless of the size of business. On June 2, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti approved the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) to take effect on July 1, […]

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