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March 2016 Archives

Pursuing a sexual harassment case in California

Research indicates that about a third of women between the ages of 18 and 34 have at one time or another been the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, and some studies have claimed that the true figure could be as high as 80 percent. This kind of harassment is overwhelmingly committed by men, and the victims are often among the most vulnerable members of the workforce. Workers in California are protected by some of the strictest employment laws in the country, but studies reveal that a great deal of sexual harassment in the workplace goes unreported.

Chipotle restaurant named in sexual harassment lawsuit

A California Chipotle employee who was fired from her job on Feb. 10 after working there for more than two years says that four managers created an inappropriate sexual atmosphere around both employees and customers. Among other allegations, she says that they purposefully ordered her a shirt that was too small and then made comments about her body and spied on women using security cameras. She also says that she was hugged against her will and that one of the managers touched her under her shirt.

Changes coming to the overtime salary threshold in 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced two changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act that will take effect in 2016. California workers might want to be aware of changes to overtime pay to maintain an understanding of when they should receive extra earnings. The purpose of these changes is to minimize the risk of workers who are entitled to overtime being misclassified because of their salaries.

DFEH announces guidelines about transgender rights

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing recently announced guidelines for employers about the extension of workplace protections to transgendered workers under the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act. Protections under the FEHA were expanded in 2012 to add gender expression and identity as protected statuses.

Workplace sexual harassment reporting in California

A recent legal case involving workplace sexual harassment shows why many people fail to report harassment or even attacks. The case involved a resort in Colorado, and several of its employees had reported attempted rapes to no avail. It was not until the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a suit on behalf of the employees that anything was done.

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