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Required accommodations for nursing mothers at work

Having a child can be a very happy time for mothers. It is a time for them to bond with their new child, but it is also a very demanding time as well.

Many mothers also choose to breastfeed their children. This is does not stop after maternity leave, and mothers continue to breastfeed after they go back to work. This means that they will need to pump so they can continue to produce breast milk for their children.

U.S. women’s soccer team files gender discrimination lawsuit

The 28 players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit in March in California district court against the United States Soccer Federation. The lawsuit follows years of players receiving less in pay than their male counterparts on the U.S. men’s team, as well as worse conditions for travel, benefits, coaching, medical treatment and more.

While five of the players filed a wage-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2016, they sought a right-to-sue letter after no action resulted from their complaint. Now, this federal lawsuit could provide potentially both present and former players with compensation in the form of back pay, damages and more.

Worker claims age discrimination in wrongful termination claim

When people start working in California, usually their focus is simply to earn enough money to pay their bills and maybe save some for emergencies that may arise.

However, people are also working towards saving enough to retire at some point in time. The retirement age seems to being pushed older and older though as life expectancies rise and costs of living increase. Therefore, there are many older individuals working in California, and they must be treated in the same way that younger employees are treated.

Working environments with the most sexual harassment

Women work in many different types of jobs in California. In all of these industries and in all types of jobs that women work, they should be able to do their jobs without having to deal with sexual harassment. This has been an issue for many years, though, and many women in the workplace have had to endure it.

Some types of jobs or certain industries tend to have more occurrences of sexual harassment than others though.

Potential defenses employers attempt against retaliation claims

Companies in California generally have goals, and a very important one is to make money. So, the company will try various tactics to get an edge on competition in order to make more money.

Most of the strategies are perfectly legal and fair. However, some companies also do other things to try and make more money that may not be legal, such as violating various environmental regulations or falsely report profits in order to boost stock prices and many such unlawful behaviors.

The EEOC received many complaints last year

People in California need to go to work in order to earn money so they can pay their bills and live their lives. That is why it can be so devastating when someone loses their job.

Companies fire employees for a variety of reasons, and as most people in California are at-will employees, the firing is legal.

Employees protected for making complaints about illegal activity

When employees in California go to work, they must complete certain tasks throughout the day. Depending on what company they work for and their job title tasks may vary greatly, but there is an expectation that they will do what the employer asks them to do.

For the most part if the employee wants to keep their job, they will complete those tasks, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Employees do not need to do tasks that are violate the law and are protected if they make complaints about illegal activity.

Former police chief wins gender discrimination lawsuit

People work many different jobs in California and there are many different requirements for those jobs. These requirements are based on education levels, experience, the ability to work different hours or at different locations, the ability to drive and many other requirements.

However, people of all genders are capable of working every job. Determining whether a person is able to meet the requirements cannot be based on a person's gender.

Vice Media settles gender discrimination lawsuit

Vice Media was once known as a hip and edgy media company, but now accusations of its outdated treatment of women have raised many concerns. According to the Hollywood Reporter, several former female employees accused the company of paying them less than their male counterparts and have now settled a class action suit against Vice.

The persistent wage gap between men and women

Women across the country celebrated Equal Pay Day on April 2, and experts took the day to evaluate the progress made to close the gender pay gap and where it sits currently. According to the Pew Research Center, the gap significantly narrowed since the 1980s but persisted at a stable rate for the last 15 years.

Why does the gap seem to persist despite public outcry and an increased presence in the mainstream media? Researchers speculated that several factors contribute to the gap including educational attainment, work experience and occupation segregation.

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