Last month we discussed the increasing allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. In the time since that post was published, Filner has agreed to resign from office and apologized to the women who accused him. At the same time, however, he maintains his innocence, claiming he's the victim of a "lynch mob."
Every person who wishes to work has the right to be considered equally for a job as the others who are applying. However, there are still instances of companies disregarding certain applications because of the individual's sexual orientation. In a recent case outside California, a civil rights group has alleged that Exxon Mobil used employment discrimination practices in handling two applications for a vacant position.
The police are entrusted by the public to uphold the rule of law. However, the police are also subject to the law of the land and can also face applicable punishment and consequences if they end up breaking the law. Unfortunately, one police chief in California is being accused of breaking employment laws in a recent sexual harassment and wrongful termination complaint filed by a former dispatcher.
Employment laws are in place to protect workers while also fostering a healthy, safe and fair business environment. California has laws in place which all employers must adhere to in order to avoid facing monetary fines and potentially criminal penalties. Some of these regulations have to do with how much an employer is allowed to require an employee to work before paying overtime. Unfortunately, one employer in California may have failed to follow these guidelines and now faces an employment class action lawsuit.
The California Supreme Court recently ruled that a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against filmmaking giant Lucasfilm Ltd. will be handed back down to Superior Court. The decision is the latest move in a long running case that centers on a claim of wrongful termination. A new trial date is expected, which will give the terminated employee another chance to make her case in front of a new jury.
Women have made astounding advancements in the workplace in recent decades, and have opportunities that were simply not an option for their grandmothers and great-grandmothers. However, despite the prevalence of women is virtually every level of employment across a wide range of fields, many report instances of sexual harassment within the workplace. California law does not tolerate such behavior, and there are additional avenues of legal recourse available to anyone who is subjected to sexual harassment at work, regardless of their gender.
Gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits have been fairly rare in the venture capital realm, which has been populated predominantly by males for quite some time. Recently, however, several sexual harassment lawsuits have been filed against venture capital firms. The most recent was brought in a California court against CMEA by three executive assistants. All three allege that one of its partners made inappropriate sexual comments toward the women. It further claims that other partners were often present when this occurred, and yet did nothing to address the harassment.
When a California worker accepts a position, he or she often factors in the retirement benefits associated with the job in making that decision. Retirement planning is an important financial concern for all Americans, especially in times of economic hardship or recovery. Once an individual has embarked on a career path, he or she often relies on these retirement benefits in structuring other investment goals. A recently filed unpaid wages lawsuit focuses on the issue, and centers on whether the correct percentage of wages are placed into the pension plan for affected employees.
A California police cadet has filed a lawsuit accusing a lieutenant of sexual harassment. The woman claims the harassment resulted in the loss of her job. The lawsuit is the second against the lieutenant, although only one concerns sexual harassment.
A California meatpacker has finally settled a workplace discrimination lawsuit. Clougherty Packing Co. has agreed to pay over $400,000 to approximately 2,000 women who sought jobs at the company between the years of 2007 and 2009. They will also offer 700 of the woman involved in the suit jobs as positions within the company open up. The settlement does not acknowledge wrongdoing, but it does settle the workplace discrimination lawsuit.