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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Former employee sues Google for discrimination

Generally speaking, California employers are not allowed to use race or gender when making a hiring decision. One man who used to work for YouTube claimed Google refused to hire both white and Asian men. He was terminated from the company in November 2017, and the man claims that this was done because he did not agree with the company's diversity policies. The discrimination lawsuit was filed in January 2018.

How to achieve gender equity at work

According to a report from Chartered Management Institute (CMI) more than 80 percent of women have witnessed discriminatory behavior at work. Furthermore, 80 percent of men have also observed such behavior according to the report. Therefore, it is likely that workers in California have seen such discrimination take place. However, it is less likely that executives within an organization are taking steps to address the issue.

Study sheds light on gender-based workplace discrimination

Gender discrimination in the workplace remains a serious problem for women in California and around the country according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center. The poll of 4,914 American adults was taken in the summer of 2017, before several prominent politicians and entertainment industry figures were the subjects of highly-publicized allegations of sexual misconduct. More than four out of 10 of the women surveyed said that they had faced discrimination at work based on their gender, but this claim was only made by 22 percent of the men questioned.

Transgender professor successful in discrimination case

While California has laws that protect transgender people in the workplace, this is not true in every state. However, in one case, a court awarded a professor $1.1 million after she was denied a promotion and tenure following her transition.

Nearly one-third of white-collar workers have disabilities

California readers may be surprised to learn that approximately 30 percent of college-educated, white-collar workers have a federally defined disability of some sort. This information comes from a new study by the Center for Talent Innovation.

Using indirect evidence in discrimination cases

If a California employee is involved in a workplace discrimination case, there may be strength in numbers. Specifically, people may have better odds of succeeding if it can be shown that others were discriminated against as well. For instance, a minority worker may want to show that other minorities were passed over for positions while women may want to show that females were treated worse than males.

Ageism in the workplace may be difficult to identify

Workplace discrimination in California takes many forms, and ageism is among the hardest to spot. With Baby Boomers working alongside Gen Xers and Millennials in today's workforce, and with complex anti-discrimination rules and regulations on the books, sensitivity to ageism is more important now than ever. The ways opportunities are offered, the specifics of employee handbooks, the working environment and the business website may all present clues as to how older employees are viewed at a given organization.

Women file discrimination lawsuit against Google in California

Three women have filed a lawsuit in a California court naming tech giant Google as a defendant, claiming a discriminatory pattern of treatment against female employees. They allege, among other things, that Google has systematically paid female workers at lower rates than males performing comparable work.

EEOC and DOJ take separate stances on workplace discrimination

California residents may remember that the Department of Justice declared in July 2017 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn't protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. This was a departure from the views of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission . At the time, this split was considered to be unusual. This is because both agencies are tasked with defending the civil rights of workers.

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