The legend of Damocles goes back well over 2,000 years to a time when King Dionysius ruled part of Italy. You may be familiar with this story where Damocles became jealous of the king's wealth and power. So, Dionysius offered to exchange places with his subject. Damocles readily accepted, and sat on the throne surrounded by opulence and majesty. Unbeknownst to him, however, Dionysius arranged for a sword to hang over the throne suspended only by a horse's hair. According to the tale, Damocles quickly learned his lesson - with great power comes great danger - and he returned to his previous position with newfound gratitude.
A former Trader Joe's store manager recently filed a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the specialty grocery store. The suit alleges that the beloved manager was fired by Regional Vice-President Caroline Judd because she is gay.
The 2016 election cycle may be causing greater tension over politics at work. According to a poll by the Society on Human Resource Management (SHRM), 26% of HR professionals polled perceived a greater amount of workplace volatility this election cycle. Perhaps this isn't surprising, considering the increasingly confrontational rhetoric in the political sphere. The growing tensions over this year's election could cause more heated discussions amongst employees, leading to divisive workplace relations.
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination in California on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability, you can file a formal complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (FEHA).
Do you feel like you have been discriminated against at work due to your age? If so, you're not alone. Recent employment discrimination charge statistics show that age discrimination in the workplace is on the rise. In 2014, 1,569 age discrimination complaints were filed with the EEOC in California alone, and nearly 21,000 were filed across the United States in 2015.
If you are employed in California, there are both state and federal employment laws to protect you from pregnancy discrimination. Even so, it's important to know that this type of workplace discrimination continues to be a problem in California and beyond. In fact, there were over 5000 pregnancy discrimination charges filed with the EEOC in 2013 alone. But how do you know if you're a victim of pregnancy discrimination?
A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) employee recently settled a retaliation lawsuit against the City when her employer violated both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Labor Code § 1102.5.
A former employee of Yahoo recently sued the tech giant for gender discrimination, and the case has caught the attention of many major news outlets; not just because of the Yahoo brand, but because the fired employee is male.