One of Silicon Valley's most famous companies, Google, recently settled a class action lawsuit alleging age discrimination to the tune of $11 million. Those who were watching the case believe the settlement may spur California's many technology companies to make changes to prevent age discrimination in the workplace.
California is the home to people of many different ethnicities and national origins. People from all over the world come to the Los Angeles area and to Southern California more generally for the various economic opportunities and freedoms that this state offers.
Startups are a big thing in California's world of business. Small companies backed by lots of capital from investors, they are often the crucible for innovative products and creative, more efficient ways of providing services people need.
A prison guard who worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been paid $500,000 to settle her discrimination case against the state agency. She agreed as part of her settlement not to seek re-employment with the agency.
As is the case with other protected classes, employers in the Los Angeles area are prohibited from discriminating against their employees on the basis of their religion.
As this blog has mentioned before, California victims of employment discrimination may and even must follow all the proper legal steps when pursuing their claims. If they fail to do so, then they may find that they can no longer pursue their discrimination claims on legal grounds, even if the claims had merit.
While pregnancy discrimination is related to gender discrimination, there are actually both federal laws and California laws that separately prohibit employers from singling out workers who choose to have a child.
For years employers have exercised "zero tolerance" drug policies, meaning that they could legally choose not to hire, or to fire, an employee who tested positive for any drug, including marijuana. Now, their conundrum is how do you tell someone they cannot do something that is legal? The answer is simple. You can't. This is what has left some employers in what they can only describe as "a mess."
Whether we choose to admit it or not, black people, in particular, black women, are discriminated against in the workplace due to their natural hairstyles. Unfortunately, society has dictated unnatural styles to be "professional," whereas natural locks boasting tight curls, cornrows, braids, or locks are frowned upon.
Our state takes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) rights very seriously, including within the workplace. LGBT discrimination laws are in place which coincide with federal discrimination laws, and can be prosecuted as such. These are known as the Fair Employment and Housing Act.