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November 2015 Archives

Emoji use in work-related communications can backfire

California residents might be amused that an emoji has been selected as the 2015 Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. However, the extensive use of emojis in electronic communications is probably no surprise. As this communication feature has pervaded personal interaction, it has spilled over into the workplace. Personal habits are difficult to stop for work activities, and this makes emoji use in the work realm quite likely. However, training may be important to ensure that employees don't cause legal problems for their employers through the use of inappropriate emojis.

Protecting Latina women and other vulnerable low-wage workers

The prevalence of anti-immigrant rhetoric has created a potentially hostile work environment for many low-wage Latino women in California and around the country. Rhetoric that portrays immigrants as unwanted and unworthy creates an atmosphere where exploitation flourishes because Latino women and other vulnerable workers are afraid to speak out. However, some brave women have been fighting back with the help of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Legally blind barber awarded $100,000 for wrongful termination

A recent wrongful termination case may interest Californians. The case, which occurred in Boston, involved a legally blind barber who was fired from his job. Reportedly, a jury returned a verdict awarding the man $75,000 for lost wages and an additional $25,000 for emotional distress.

Restaurant working conditions and sexual harassment

California restaurant employees who receive tips have a definite advantage over their counterparts in many states due to the fact that they receive the same minimum wage as non-tipped employees. Many states allow a federally-approved base wage of $2.13 for tipped employees, which can put more pressure on those workers to tolerate unwelcome behavior from customers. Although the sexual harassment statistics may be better for restaurant workers in California, the issue of harassment is still a serious concern.

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