You don't have to be entrenched in academia to know that being awarded tenure is both an honor and an expectation for instructors from elementary school to college. Tenure offers security to teachers, enabling them to make solid financial plans due to a more stable, long-term contract. It can also ensure that they won't be immediately terminated simply for expressing viewpoints that may be in opposition to their employer's.
People in Los Angeles may have heard of City Councilman Jose Huizar. What they may not have heard is that on June 7 of this year, his former deputy chief of staff filed a workplace discrimination case against him and the city of Los Angeles. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing confirmed the existence of the suit just recently.
When a company discriminates against a person based upon gender it is against the law. The employee could have a course of action against the company by filing a civil lawsuit. However, when a company has systematically discriminated based upon gender due to a company policy the company could find itself in the middle of an employment class action lawsuit. Wal-mart is attempting to fight an effort to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of women employees in California.
If employees are required to stay at their workplace after they clock out in order to have their bags searched, should they be paid for that time? That's the question at the center of a lawsuit recently filed on July 25 in California by two former Apple employees. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for overtime and unpaid wages, claiming that they should have been paid for all the time they were subjected to bag screenings from their employer.
As many readers of this blog may already have heard, numerous people have come forward to accuse the mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, of committing sexual harassment. Recently, another female government employee, a psychologist from the Unified School District of San Diego, California has come forward accusing the mayor of trying to kiss her. She further stated that the mayor is guilty of sexual harassment because he made inappropriate comments about her eyes and then he attempted to place his lips on her mouth on four separate occasions. She also alleges that he refused to move his position unless she submitted to his sexual advances to kiss her.