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August 2018 Archives

Disabled people in California may face employment discrimination

There are many people in California with disabilities. These disabilities can come in many different forms and affect people both physically and mentally. However, having a disability does not mean that the person is unable to live life or do many of the things that people without disabilities are able to do. There are some limitations, but with the appropriate assistive devices or other accommodations, many people with disabilities are able to live a normal life.

Reporting fraud involving local government's use of federal funds

There are many layers to the political landscape in the U.S., as well as in California. It starts with the federal government, then there is the state, county and city governments, as well as other specialized governing bodies. This is because there are some things that are unique to the local areas, and a local government is in the best position to handle certain aspects of it.

State legislature approves bill that prohibits forced arbitration

Ever since the #MeToo movement, several states around the country have been changing their employment policies to give victims of terrible management a better fighting chance. California is looking to follow suit with the bill, AB 3080, which would ban any forced confidential agreement the employer has you sign to cover up any sexual harassment or wage law violations.

Rules for religious attire in the workplace

There are many different types of jobs in California, and those employees practice many different religions. These religions each have their own teachings, beliefs and attire. For the most part, the attire should not affect an employees' ability to do their jobs, and therefore, employers are required to allow their employees to wear the religious attire at work.

When is an employer liable for sexual harassment at work?

The purpose of going to work in California is to do your job and to earn an income. Co-workers and others within the company may develop friendships and other relationships, but those are based on an employee's own choosing. However, there are people within companies that employees do not want to associate with on any other level than a professional level.

Fire engineer alleges he was wrongfully terminated as retaliation

Jarrid Boyer filed a lawsuit alleging he was terminated after he confronted Fire Chief Steve Lieberman about not paying into state retirement benefits for employees. Boyer, a former Five Cities Fire Authority fire engineer, named the fire authority, Liberman and the city of Arroyo Grande in his suit.

California Ending Silence About Sexual Harassment

The still growing #MeToo movement continues to provide a supportive way for victims of sexual harassment and assault to speak out, encouraging them to broaden awareness about the prevalence of these issues by breaking their own silence and making their experiences public. But will the #MeToo movement have the kind of long-term impact that will solidify its place in history as a turning point that ushered in actual positive change? The fate of bills like the STAND Act may be our first indication.

Prime Healthcare will pay $65 million for overbilling Medicare

Many people go to the doctor or to a hospital in California. It is inevitable that people will get injured or sick and require medical treatment. As these people know, medical treatment is also very expensive. However, if the person has health insurance, most likely they will not need to pay the entire bill. Many people receive Medicare as their form of insurance. Ultimately, the hospital or clinic will bill Medicare for the expenses, but in many cases, they negotiate with Medicare for how much the hospital will actually receive.

Gender discrimination still an issue in hiring, promotions

People in California regardless of their gender need to work in order to earn an income. Most of these jobs can be done equally well by either men or women. However, historically and still today women are paid less than men doing the same jobs. This is a clear sign of how gender discrimination has negatively affected women and how difficult it is to change these trends that are rooted deep within the workforce.

Employment law, severance packages and ADEA waivers

Over time people in California will continue to get older, but that does not mean that once they hit a specific age that they automatically lose the ability to do their jobs. Also, many older employees need to keep working in order to pay their bills and provide for their families. However, many companies feel that it is either cheaper or better for the company to keep their workforce younger. Therefore, they will offer severance packages and other incentives to get their older employees to quit.

Former transgender employee sues Starbucks for discrimination

Over time California has progressed to accept more and more people of different genders, sexual orientation and gender identification. However, there is still work to do and not all people are accepting of those going through gender transition or those who have fully transitioned. Therefore, the laws in California have been expanded to protect these individuals from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. However, despite the laws these individuals still face issues.

There are many national origin-based EEOC charges each year

There are many things that people in California have control over. People can decide which kind of food they will eat, which type of car they will drive, which job offers they accept and many other things. However, as people are aware, there are many things that are out of their control as well. People cannot control how old they are, the color of their skin, their gender, which country they were born in or where their family is from, whether they have a disability and many other things.

Former school employees get $3 million in retaliation case

People in California make money in many different ways. Most of them have a job and earn their income through that employment and most of the time the way that they make their money is a legitimate way to make money. However, there are some who abuse their position as a business owners and make money through illegal means. Many times people within the company are aware of the illegal tactics and may feel obligated to expose the corruption.

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