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EEOC accuses bank of violating the Equal Pay Act

The 1963 Equal Pay Act requires employers in California and across the country to pay men and women equally when they have equal responsibilities and perform duties that require the same amount of skill, experience and effort. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is tasked with administering and enforcing the nation's workplace civil rights laws, and the federal agency filed a lawsuit on June 18 that alleges a Nebraska bank violated the Equal Pay Act by paying a female relationship manager less than a man who performed the same job.

Age discrimination could become easier to prove

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects California residents over the age of 40 from age discrimination. This federal law went into effect in 1967, but sometimes what appears to be age discrimination is difficult to prove in court. New legislation is pending in Congress that could make it easier for someone to prove age discrimination.

Physicians who are mothers experience maternal discrimination

According to a study from a California university, it is not uncommon for doctors who are also moms to experience workplace discrimination. The study was reportedly inspired by online conversations at a group comprised of physician moms. In the group, which has almost 70,000 community members, physicians can share stories, ask questions and seek support.

Cancer patients struggling with equal treatment at work

California residents may be aware of the Americans with Disabilities Act that was passed in 1990. In 2008, it was amended in order to protection for those with chronic diseases. However, a study that was published in a peer-reviewed medical journal has found that workplace discrimination is still a problem for those with chronic illnesses such as cancer. The study compared claim data from the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission between 2001 and 2007.

Court rules that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited

The state of California has laws that protect employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, but it is only one of 22 jurisdictions that do so. On April 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, this is a type of sex discrimination and is prohibited.

Procedures for employers to avoid religious discrimination

Laws obligate employers in California to treat employees and job applicants fairly and not discriminate because of age, sex, disability, race or religion. Recent increases in societal tension regarding religion, as shown by attacks on Jewish centers and the U.S. president's pursuit of travel bans against some Muslim countries, could spill over into workplaces and expose employers to liability for violating workers' rights. Clearly written employee handbooks and consistent application of nondiscriminatory policies could enable employers to avoid legal problems. These policies should expressly mention religion and tactics for avoiding discrimination.

Jewelry company now faces class action arbitration

California workers who have been following the Sterling Jewelry Co. discrimination case may be interested to learn that, according to a March 13 report, the case has been upgraded to a class action arbitration. The action involves at least 69,000 employees.

EEOC reports rise in disability discrimination at work

Disabled people seeking employment in California and around the country report having trouble getting job interviews according to 2016 data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The commission reported that claims for all types of discrimination rose nationwide and that over 30 percent of the cases investigated involved unfair treatment of disabled people.

3 common types of employee discrimination

Even though there are laws to protect California workers from discrimination, many employees still struggle with discrimination in the workplace. While discrimination based on race and age are well-known, there are many other types of scenarios that employees can face every day. This includes part-time discrimination, family responsibility discrimination and gender discrimination.

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