According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers were slapped with nearly 90,000 workplace discrimination charges in 2014. Further, statistics show that one in three women face sexual harassment at some point in their employment history. In order to avoid costly workplace disruptions and litigation fees, California employers need to vigilantly protect their employees from harassment.
Companies that fall afoul of U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules should anticipate having to pay much more for their transgressions. Following presidential recommendations dating back to 2014 and ongoing approval from the Senate and House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Labor released proposals for improving overtime regulations in summer 2015. Congress will raise OSHA noncompliance penalties by at least 80 percent by August 2016, and salary and overtime compensation amounts will become subject to novel rules governing future level updates.
It is unfortunate that workplace discrimination continues to be prevalent in California and around the country. Data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows the most frequently occurring types of discrimination the federal agency investigated in fiscal 2015.