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August 2013 Archives

Age discrimination prevalent during economic rebound

Over the last several years, the economy has hit workers in California hard. Thousands of people were laid off as the Great Recession plagued the country. Many workers have spent months and even years trying to find any place that would hire them. Many of the workers that were laid off were baby boomers, nearing the end of their careers -- but not quite ready for retirement.

California mayor accused of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment at work is unacceptable. No California worker should feel like they need to tolerate inappropriate and unwanted sex advances in the workplace. Under California employment laws, sexual harassment includes a variety of behavior, not just physical touch. In fact, sexual harassment also includes comments of a sexual nature, sexual jokes, pictures or other sexual images, sexual gestures and other obscene conduct. It is also illegal for employers to offer sexual favors in exchange for some positive reward at work.

California newscaster sues Viacom for wrongful termination

California employers have a lot of leeway when it comes to firing employees. Most employees are at-will employees and can therefore be fired for almost any reason, without warning. Being an at-will employee also means that an employer can fire someone for personal reasons.

California high school teacher fired over sexual orientation

In an ideal world, discrimination in the workplace would not be an issue. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world and many people face workplace discrimination on a daily basis. In order to reduce the amount of workplace discrimination, federal and state employment laws protect workers from facing discrimination based on a variety of factors or attributes. Under these employee laws, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age or disability, among others. California state laws also offer protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against San Diego mayor

Readers of our California employment law blog may be interested to learn that a former aid recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the mayor of San Diego. Despite taking a pay cut, the former aide was enthusiastic at the prospect to work for the mayor. During Bob Filner's mayoral campaign, he pledged to treat his employees with respect and head a progressive administration.

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