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Coal miner endures retaliation for workers' compensation claim

Significant injuries can result in lost wages due to time away from work. Fortunately, full-time employees in California and across the country are entitled to helpful benefits that can protect them financially and medically when injuries are suffered at work. Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that provides wages and medical benefits to workers that have been injured on the job. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some employers to retaliate against employees for using benefits such as workers' compensation. A man in another state filed a lawsuit after he claims he suffered retaliation for using workers' compensation benefits.

The man worked as a coal miner in another state. According to his lawsuit, he was injured when a large metal door fell on him while he was at work. The man says he filed a worker comp claim due to the alleged injuries.

Proving employment retaliation in California

Like most states, California generally follows the at-will model of employment, which allows both employer and employee to terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason. However, the law sets forth several important exceptions to this rule.

Employers may not fire someone if the reason is that the employee belongs to one of the categories the law has deemed as particular targets of bias and thus needing stronger protection. Employees may also not retaliate against an employee who has asserted his or her legal rights.

Medical examiner faced retaliation for reporting harassment

Even in today's progressive society, harassment and discrimination continue to occur in the workplace. Harassment can take on many forms, including verbal comments and threatening behavior based a person's race, sex or religion. Harassment and discrimination in the workplace is morally wrong and also illegal in California and across the country. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employees to face retaliation after reporting harassment and discrimination. This allegedly happened to a woman in another state, and she filed a lawsuit.

The woman worked as a medical examiner in another state and allegedly experienced a pattern of harassment and unprofessional conduct. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff was the target of verbal sexual harassment by her boss. After objecting to the alleged comments, the plaintiff claims she experienced retaliation and a hostile work environment.

Woman allegedly subjected to retaliation for using FMLA leave

Many eligible, full-time employees in the United States have access to benefits such as health and dental insurance, as well as paid time off. Employees in California and across the country also have federal and state laws to protect them and allow coverage in the event of an extended leave for medical reasons. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible workers up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave a year. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for workers to face retaliation from employers for using FMLA leave.

A woman in another state allegedly lost her job for using medical leave, and she has filed a lawsuit. The woman claims that she suffered from depression. Allegedly, because of her depression disability, she requested FMLA leave and took two weeks off of work.

Mutual Fund giant accused of sex discrimination

Discrimination based on a person’s sex is illegal. This is not a new law. This is a law that was developed on the national level back in 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically states that employers cannot discriminate against an applicant or employee based on a number of factors, including sex.

Unfortunately, cases of discrimination are common even though this law has been in place for over fifty years. Women still struggle against harassment and discrimination within the workplace.

Women allegedly faces retaliation for reporting harassment

Modern employees can face a unique set of challenges and difficulties in offices and workplaces around the country. Things like harassment and discrimination can have profound affects on the livelihood as well as the mental and physical well-being of those affected. Harassment and discrimination in the workplace is not only very wrong, it is also illegal. What can be done when workers in California face retaliation for reporting harassment? A woman in another state was allegedly retaliated against for reporting harassment at work, and she has filed a lawsuit.

The woman was employed as an investigator for a state-run agency. According to the suit, she was subjected to sexual harassment by her supervisor. The plaintiff claims her supervisor made commonly made derogatory and inappropriate comments to her.

Judge dismisses Google gender discrimination suit – for now

Three female former employees of Google filed a class action lawsuit against the company for discrimination against women in pay and promotions. They claimed Google pays women less for similar work as their male counterparts and for purposely assigning jobs to female employees that are less likely to lead to future promotions.

A California state judge dismissed those claims, saying it was inappropriate because it was brought on behalf of all women who worked for Google in the state. However, she gave the plaintiffs 30 days to file a new complaint only on behalf of the women who faced pay discrimination.

Nurse's termination the result of alleged retaliation

A good moral compass is very beneficial in all walks of life. A person should never be punished for doing the right thing, especially in the workplace. However, many workers in California and around the country will experience retaliation for doing morally correct things like reporting illegal practices or activities. Fortunately, all employees are protected by law and may pursue legal avenues when retaliation tactics result in things such as job loss. Recently, an employee in another state filed a lawsuit against a former employer after losing her job due to alleged retaliation.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff is a registered nurse who was employed by a nursing home. Allegedly, she faced retaliatory acts while employed by the nursing home that eventually led to her termination. The woman claims that she heard complaints from patients that they did not receive their medications. The plaintiff also claims that she witnessed another nurse mentally abusing a patient.

Ex-CEO allegedly faced retaliation for taking medical leave

Working full time in the United States means employees are entitled to certain benefits on top of pay. One of these benefits, the Family and Medical Leave Act, entitles eligible employees an extended time off from work if they have a medical condition that requires extensive care. This state has its own version, called the California Family Rights Act. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for workers in this state and across the country to face retaliation for taking advantage of these protections. A man in another state allegedly faced retaliation for using medical leave, and he has filed a lawsuit.

The man is a former CEO of an airport in another state. The lawsuit claims that the man faced retaliation for taking time off to recover from a surgical procedure. According to the plaintiff, he required liver transplant surgery and was granted medical leave.

Man allegedly faced retaliation for exercising FMLA rights

California is one of the greatest states in which to live and work. Being a full-time employee in California and across the country is not only about the pay, it is also about benefits such as health insurance and paid medical leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act ensures that workers are still paid when injuries or illnesses force them to miss work for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, some employers these days can and will retaliate against employees who use their rightful medical leave. Recently, a lawsuit was filed when a worker allegedly faced retaliation for using his FMLA rights.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was an employee of the Nissan company based in another state. The man claims he was hospitalized with a serious health condition and forced to miss several weeks of work. Upon returning to his place of employment, the plaintiff claims he faced retaliation.

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