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LGBT Rights Laws: Georgia Gov. Deal Vetoes HB 757 After California Puts on the Pressure

On Wednesday, March 16, the Georgia House approved changes to HB 757, a bill that would have protected opponents of same-sex marriage, and offered less civil and employee protections to the LGBTQ community. The changes in the bill would have allowed people to lawfully decline performing same-sex marriages, prevent government burden of religious belief and would have even made it lawful for Georgia employers to refuse jobs to workers because of their sexual orientation.

California Wage and Hour Laws: Common Questions

Is your employer violating California wage and hour laws? Just as federal laws protect you and other workers from unlawful employer behaviors when it comes to pay rates, overtime pay and more, California wage and hour laws extend these protections even further. But what do these laws entail, and how do you know if your employer is actually breaking the law?

Age Discrimination in the Workplace: 8 Facts for Employees - Infographic

age-discrimination-in-the-workplace-statistics-facts-infographic-thumbnail-768x768.pngThe Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect workers who are 40 or older from employment decisions based on age; including hiring, promotions, wages, firings, layoffs and more. But recent employment discrimination charge statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and a number of surveys show that age discrimination is an ongoing, and possibly growing problem that needs to be addressed.

Pregnancy Discrimination in California: Woman Sues North Hollywood Cosmetic Company for Wrongful Termination

A former employee of North Hollywood's Xtetic World Inc. has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging that her supervisor suggested she get an abortion, and then fired her for following through with the pregnancy.

SB 703 Expands Transgender Employee Rights in California, Offers Equal Benefits

In early October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a handful of employment law bills that now offer more protections to people who are facing employment discrimination due to their gender identity. One of the landmark bills, Senate Bill SB 703 (SB 703), further protects transgender employees who work for companies doing business with California state agencies.

Sexual Harassment Cases in California: PF Chang's Faces New Claims

Less than two years ago, P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. faced sexual harassment claims from two female employees who were then awarded $500,000 each in arbitration against the Chinese restaurant chain. And now, at least four more women have filed sexual harassment claims in Southern California alleging that they were sexually harassed at P.F. Chang's restaurants located in Beverly Hills, Riverside, Chino Hills and Anaheim.

Laws Against Racial Profiling in California: Common Questions

In an important step toward upholding civil liberties of Californians, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new racial profiling bill last October that seeks to eradicate racial bias across the state. While many people think we are living in a post-racial era, recent news headlines regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, and EEOC charge statistics show race discrimination is still a major problem. This is why the bill that Gov. Brown signed into law is such a crucial piece to battling race discrimination in California and beyond.

What Are Disability Discrimination Laws in California?

The question of what is a disability, and what can be done to make accommodations for that disability at work, can sometimes be unclear. And nowhere is this more true than in California. California employment law offers a wide range of legal protections for workers who can establish a valid claim for disability discrimination at work. But what constitutes disability discrimination under California law?

National Origin Discrimination vs. Race Discrimination: What's the Difference?

Are you thinking about suing your employer for race discrimination? While this type of unlawful employer behavior is the most common in the United States according to current EEOC charge statistics, you may want to reassess your situation before contacting an employment attorney. This is because, while race and national origin often overlap, many employees mistake race discrimination for national origin discrimination. And although they may sound the same, California and federal employment laws address each protected class separately. This common mistake is easy to make since your race is usually connected to your national origin. So, how do you know if you're being subjected to workplace discrimination due to your race, or if it's related to your national origin?

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