Workplace Discrimination Archives

HSR Attorney Cindy Pánuco, Panelist in the Sexual Harassment 101 forum, MABA Civil Rights MCLE Day 2018, June 9, 2018

The MABA/MCLE sponsored event, It's Time, What You Can Do to Stop Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, takes place June 9, 2018 at Loyola Law School. Attorney Cindy Panuco will participate as a panelist in the Sexual Harassment 101 forum, 9:30-10:30 AM.

HSR Partner Cornelia Dai to Speak at Employment Law 101: Fundamentals for the New Employment Lawyer Conference on March 1, 2018

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Cornelia Dai will be speaking at the CA Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Law Section's Employment Law 101 conference in Los Angeles. The one-day conference will provide an overview of the topics commonplace to employment law, from harassment and workplace investigations to wage-and-hour violations. Cornelia Dai will bring her years of experience, particularly as a wage and hour practitioner, to provide the plaintiff's perspective on the Wage and Hour 101 panel. To find out more, go to http://calawyers.org/LaborEmployment#fundamentals.

Is change coming regarding sexual orientation discrimination?

In a prior post, we focused on the question of whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act could be extended to include sexual orientation as a protected class. At that time we opined that the quick answer would be “no” given that there had been no legislative push to expand the existing protected classes. Also, we noted that federal courts would be hesitant to expand the reach of a law without Congress’ blessing.

How dads can deal with sex discrimination in the workplace

Sex discrimination is still a pervasive problem in American workplaces. It comes in many forms, such as unequal wages, stereotyping of roles and promotion biases. While a number of our posts focus on these problems, we have not written on the issue of paternity leave bias.

Are attitudes changing about employees on medicinal marijuana?

In a prior post, we highlighted the expectation that new recreational marijuana laws will not likely affect expectations that employees should be free of mood altering substances while at work. Essentially, employees could still face jeopardy if random drug tests found marijuana in their systems.

Court rejects government's request in wage bias probe

A recent decision by an administrative law judge may affect how future investigations may be conducted. As part of its investigation into pay discrimination claims, the Department of Labor sought information on nearly 25,000 employees, including birth dates, citizenship and visa information, salary and bonus compensation, as well as cell phone numbers and email addresses.

Employee allegedly fired for reporting racial bias

We may think that celebrities in general get an extra level of special treatment when they attend professional sporting events. After all, they can afford to  set courtside and bring entourages who spend money as well. However, we may not realize that certain celebrities may be treated differently because of their race.

Could your job application have discriminatory questions?

As a job seeker, it is particularly difficult to know what to do when an application has questions you may be uncomfortable answering, or when one has illegal questions. After all, you would not be applying if you didn’t want the job (or needed the income), so unwittingly complying with illegal directives is common, and can foster discriminatory practices.

How employees should react to marijuana use policies

As the State of California embarks on its journey of allowing recreational use of marijuana, many employers and employees may be curious of how the new laws (and decriminalization) would affect workplaces. Indeed, state medicinal marijuana use provisions do not directly translate to workplace drug testing laws. Also, marijuana is still listed as a schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

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