California residents who are trying to start a family while continuing to work may be interested to learn that on May 14, two women filed discrimination lawsuits against AT&T Mobility. The women claimed that the company fired them after they had pregnancy-related absences.
In covert surveys and ongoing interviews with the New York Times, female employees at Nike described a pervasive culture of sexual harassment and marginalization. There are accounts of epithets being used against subordinates, inappropriate talk about body parts and numerous trips to strip clubs in conjunction with staff outings. As a result of these revelations, several top Nike executives have resigned or announced their plans to do so.
Workers in America may believe that the caste system is something that only exists in India or Pakistan. However, as immigration from South Asia increases, cultural norms in those countries may start to be practiced in the United States. A survey by Equality Labs found that issues related to caste can take place in the United States. According to the survey, roughly 66 percent of Dalits have experienced both workplace and educational discrimination in America.
Three bills pending in the California state legislature will change laws regarding on-the-job sexual harassment in the state if they pass. SB-1343 will change the current law that requires employers with at least 50 workers to train supervisors within six months into a law that requires employers with at least five workers to train everyone by Jan. 1, 2020. The training must last at least two hours. Training again every two years will continue to be a requirement. Companies will have a choice of using a video that the Department of Fair Employment and Housing will be required to develop or creating their own training.
Even though workers in California and across the United States usually benefit where there are low unemployment levels, this favorable situation does not fully extend to those individuals who live with disabilities. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that unemployment among disabled Americans can reach levels as high as 70 percent, and these persons tend make about $1,000 less per month when compared to people who do not have disabilities.
Some older employees of IBM in California might have faced age discrimination on the job. According to a report by "Pro Publica" and "Mother Jones," the company employs a number of methods to push out workers who are over 40 such as laying them off, firing them, giving them a choice between moving to a distant city or quitting, and saying that their skills are out of date but then rehiring them as contractors at a lower pay with fewer benefits.
Workers in California and elsewhere have long seen Google as an innovative company and a great place to work. However, this can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to discrimination lawsuits. If a company has a good reputation, it is unlikely to be found liable in such a case. On the other hand, if Google is found liable, the organization could be subject to severe consequences.
California readers know that it is illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ employees in the workplace. However, some employers attempt to use religion as an excuse to do so. Two recent federal lawsuits could put an end to that.
A former Google employee accused the California-based technology giant of discriminating against job candidates based on their race in a lawsuit filed on Jan. 29. The man claims that he was fired in November 2017 after voicing concerns about hiring policies that excluded white and Asian men in order to promote a more diverse workplace environment and insulate Google from the criticism that has been leveled at many leading technology companies.
A California university is facing allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation. A nurse at the University of California, San Francisco, has filed a lawsuit against the university, the UC Board of Regents and the UC President.