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March 2012 Archives

New California law protects against hiring discrimination

In California, employees are protected by employment laws that prohibit hiring discrimination based on race, color, ancestry or age. However, in a job market that has become increasingly competitive since the beginning of the latest recession, employers are using personal credit histories to make hiring and firing decisions.

L.A. firefighter receives workplace discrimination settlement

A Los Angeles, California, firefighter has received a nearly $500,000 settlement from his employer, the Los Angeles Fire Department, after he faced harassment that violated employment law under the Civil Rights Act. This firefighter repeatedly faced sexual discrimination and also religious discrimination from his co-workers.

California warehouse workers file wage violation suit

In California, minimum wage laws require that workers be paid at least $8 an hour. Warehouse workers have recently filed an employment law suit in United States District Court in Los Angeles claiming that worker rights were violated when they were paid significantly less than minimum wage.

Was scientist fired over his beliefs, or his disruptive behavior?

A former NASA scientist is suing his former employer, claiming he was demoted and then fired for his professed belief in intelligent design. The man, who was a mission specialist working for Jet Propulsion Laboratories, alleges that his supervisors violated employment law by discriminating against him on the basis of his religious beliefs.

Drama abounds as TV star's wrongful termination trial plays out

Many actors and actresses have a flair for the dramatic -- after all, that's why they're in show business. Nicollette Sheridan, however, may have taken it to a new level in her wrongful termination trial going on now in Los Angeles, California. Sheridan slapped her attorney during her testimony this week to demonstrate how the creator of her former show "Desperate Housewives" allegedly hit her during a run-in shortly before she was written off the show.

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