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December 2015 Archives

Study finds age discrimination is worse for women

Many women in California plan to continue working after the age of 60, but finding a new job during those years can be difficult. According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, there is a lot of evidence that older women experience more age discrimination in the hiring process than older men.

Avoiding legal retaliation when reporting a hostile workplace

Many employees write long emails to their human resources departments or bosses to complain about all the ways that they are being harassed at work, and then they are fired afterward. California workers might be surprised to learn that reporting bullying, harassment or a hostile workplace in general does not protect them against retaliation. Instead, they need to report the hostile workplace in a way that protects them.

Wage issues that employers face

There were about 9,000 federal lawsuits and thousands more state lawsuits filed over wage and hour issues in the first nine months of 2015. California employers and their employees may be surprised to learn that the number of federal cases filed has risen about 450 percent in the past 15 years. As employers face issues regarding wages, the trend of filing lawsuits is expected to continue.

California school and its founder sued for sexual misconduct

A prominent California school catering to the needs of Santa Monica-area children with learning difficulties and one of its founders is being sued by a former female employee for sexual assault and wrongful termination. The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 3 in Los Angeles. The woman is also seeking unspecified compensation for emotional stress and anguish and gender harassment. The claims contained in the lawsuit stem from incidents that allegedly occurred in January 2015 at the home of the couple who founded the school.

Racial discrimination an ongoing problem in California

Despite advances made since the 1960s, people of color continue to be confronted with situations of discrimination at their jobs. Rather than the overt discrimination that occurred frequently many years ago, today's discrimination faced by workers in California and around the country is often more hidden and insidious.

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