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November 2016 Archives

Workplace discrimination based on national origin

Employers in California and around the country with 15 or more workers must abide by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The federal law prohibits workplace discrimination based on national origin, but employers are sometimes uncertain of exactly how far these protections should go and how best to ensure that they are in compliance. To clear up this confusion, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a set of guidelines, a series of questions and answers and a fact sheet to address the issue on Nov. 18.

Payouts from sexual harassment lawsuits hit 5-year high

California residents may have heard about some of the prominent sexual harassment cases that have been in the news lately. Throughout the presidential campaign, there were allegations of sexual harassment made against a presidential candidate, a former president and the former CEO of Fox News. With the public thinking more about the issue of sexual harassment, some people believe that there could be an increase in sexual harassment lawsuits this year.

Judge allows workplace anti-gay discrimination case to proceed

Workers in California and throughout the country with same-sex partners may enjoy additional protection based on a federal judge's ruling in a discrimination case. The case dealt with an employee in the medical field who said that another employee who was his superior had harassed him for being gay. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argued that being harassed several times per week constituted creating a hostile work environment.

Wells Fargo ERISA complaint filed in federal court

California residents may already know that Wells Fargo and some of its high-ranking executives now have a third lawsuit against them as a result of unethical practices tied to the bank's consumer and retails divisions. The lawsuit alleges the defendants were aware that the value of Wells Fargo's stock was inflated and that they continued to present the stock to employees as a prudent investment option.

Megyn Kelly memoir contains sexual harassment allegations

California residents may have heard about the sexual harassment allegations that were made against Roger Ailes who is the Fox News' former CEO. When former host Gretchen Carlson accused the man of sexual harassment, another host Megyn Kelly reportedly cooperated with an internal investigation by talking about similar experiences that she had with Ailes. Kelly may now be revealing the details of her allegations against Ailes in her new book.

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