Los Angeles Employment Law Blog
According to data from the Pew Research Center, women in California and the rest of the country brought home 85 percent of what men earned in 2018. The statistic is based on an analysis of the average hourly earnings for part-time and full-time workers in America. Using this estimate, women would have to work an additional 39 days to earn what men earned in 2018.
Writing scripts for television shows that are produced in California can be a lucrative occupation. However, it has been found that many diverse TV writers aren’t having their contributions valued. In fact, a report prepared by a consortium of working TV writers and a noted therapist found that more than 60 percent of diverse TV writers experienced some type of on-the-job discrimination, bias, or harassment.
Holding on to a job while pregnant can prove hard for some women, and this may prove especially true for those grappling with severe morning sickness or related issues that can make day-to-day life immensely difficult. Being pregnant in the workplace can prove even more troubling, however, if you work for an employer that does not respect your condition or the laws that govern how employers must treat pregnant women.
Workers in California may be interested to learn that the United Parcel Service just settled a case with the U.S. Equal Employment Commission for $4.9 million. The case revolved around religious discrimination in which UPS was accused of not accommodating its employees’ religious beliefs.
Ikea is well known to consumers in California who need home furnishings. However, a growing list of lawsuits paints a picture of a company that’s hostile to older workers. In a little over 12 months, five employees have filed lawsuits against the company complaining of age discrimination. A statement from the company highlighted its philosophy of inclusion and equality but did not address specific complaints from the plaintiffs.
Google employees will no longer be prevented from taking part in class-action lawsuits or suing the company over matters such as wrongful termination and discrimination. The California-based company announced that it was relaxing its mandatory arbitration rules in a Feb. 21 press release. The move marks the second time the it has relaxed its rules regarding workplace claims in recent months. In November, Google waived its mandatory arbitration requirement for assault and sexual harassment claims after 20,000 of its employees walked out in protest.
A major discrimination lawsuit against tech giant Oracle could have implications for employers in California and nationwide. According to the lawsuit, Oracle’s practices were so discriminatory that it cost black, female, and Asian employees more than $400 million in pay over four years.
In California, a severance agreement must meet many requirements in order to be enforceable. For example, this kind of contract between an employer and a departing employee cannot include a noncompete agreement. Furthermore, an employer must comply with special severance agreement requirements that only pertain to employees age 40 and older.
Some California workers may have changes in their overtime status in 2019, but the changes will not be as drastic as those that were in the original rule put forth by the Obama administration. That rule raised the amount for the white-collar overtime exemption to $47,476 from $23,660 and the highly compensated exemption from $100,000 to $134,004.
It’s no secret that some employers in California and elsewhere across the country fail to provide adequate accommodations for breastfeeding. When this happens, nursing employees often face potential health risks and other challenges. According to a new study focusing on this topic, two-thirds of breastfeeding discrimination cases over the past decade resulted in employees alleging this type of discrimination being terminated.
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