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Woman allegedly faced retaliation for reporting abusive texts

Employees today in California and across the United States have laws to protect them from illegal acts in the workplace such as discrimination and harassment. However, workers are also protected by law from retaliation. Sometimes, disagreements may become hostile and superiors may choose to retaliate. Retaliation can come in many forms, such as a salary reduction, demotion and even termination. A woman in another state claims that she experienced retaliation in the form of termination and she has filed a lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the woman worked as a communications director for a police department. She claims that a former supervisor sent her several abusive text messages. The suit says when she reported the incidents, she was told that the supervisor was known for such behavior. Allegedly, the supervisor also used employees for personal errands.

Gender discrimination continues to be a problem in the workplace

Although great advancement have been made for women's rights in California and across America, gender discrimination continues to happen at an alarming and disturbing rate. Even today, women in the workplace are often thought of as inferiors, harassed and passed over for promotions in favor of male counterparts. When this act of dehumanization occurs in the workplace, victims can take action. Recently, a woman in another state filed a lawsuit after she was fired as a result of alleged harassment and discrimination.

The woman is of Hispanic origin and worked as a director for a culinary school. According to the lawsuit, the woman was fired after being subjected to harassment, discrimination and unfair treatment. The woman claims her superior strived to hire French chefs and mistreated anyone who was not French. Allegedly, after being led to believe she was receiving a raise, she was denied the raise while her male counterparts were paid more despite being less experienced.

Family and Medical Leave: Man allegedly fired after injuries

When a full-time worker in California suffers a work-related injury, he or she has the right to take extended time off of work in order to recuperate. These rights were established in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. This piece of legislation says that employers must provide eligible employees with job-protected leave in the event of a family emergency or work-related injury. Unfortunately, employers these days may choose to retaliate when a worker takes advantage of these rights.

A man in another state is suing his former employer over allegations that he was fired in retaliation for using FMLA leave. The man worked for a tree-trimming company and was allegedly injured on the job. According to the lawsuit, the man was forced to cut a tree down with a broken saw. Allegedly, this caused the tree to fall the wrong way and the tree struck the man in the back of the head, injuring him.

California restaurant sued after alleged wage and hour violations

In California and across the United States, laws were enacted to protect workers and to make sure that employees get paid for the work that they provide. These wage and hour laws exist at the state and federal levels, and all employers must comply with these laws or face consequences such as hefty fines and lawsuits. Recently, a former employee of a San Francisco restaurant filed a lawsuit citing numerous labor law violations and disability discrimination.

The man worked as a busser for the restaurant for several years. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff accused the defendant of violating several labor laws by failing to pay him in a timely manner and not giving him itemized wage statements. The plaintiff also alleges that the restaurant did not allow him to take breaks from work that he was entitled to.

What is ageism in the workplace?

When you think about workplace discrimination in Los Angeles, you might think of unlawful behaviors involving gender, pregnancy, religion or race. You might not realize there is another type of employment discrimination you need to know about – ageism. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act offers employees protection against employers who use unlawful employment practices with workers over the age of 40 years old. 

Unlike other kinds of workplace harassment and discrimination issues, ageism is exceedingly difficult to prove. Here are some signs of ageism you should watch out for. 

Man files lawsuit after alleged age discrimination

When employees in California and across the country face discriminatory acts at work, they can be psychologically scarred for life. The effects can be absolutely devastating. Discrimination is unacceptable and those that have been affected have options at their disposal to fight back. Recently, a former employee of the city of Fresno filed a lawsuit after he was allegedly wrongfully terminated.

The man says he worked for the city for 27 years. According to the lawsuit, he was fired so he could be replaced by a younger and less-experienced employee. The man claims that he was instructed to train a recently hired technician and was told that within two years the new employee should learn everything that the plaintiff knew, even though the plaintiff had almost three decades of experience.

Retaliation: Chipotle ordered to pay ex-manager almost $8 million

When employees are injured at work, extended time off may be required in order to recover. Fortunately, laws exist in California that grant injured workers this much-needed time off without losing employment or benefits. However, workers taking an extended time away from work can result in lost revenues for employers, and they may choose to take their frustrations out on innocent employees, resulting in retaliation.

A former employee of Chipotle recently received a payment of nearly $8 million after she was falsely accused of stealing and then fired. A lawsuit was filed by the ex-employee who worked as a general manger for 14 years for the popular restaurant chain. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that she was accused of stealing $626 from the restaurant's safe and wrongfully terminated. Allegedly, her superiors claimed to have footage of her stealing but destroyed the footage when the plaintiff denied stealing the money.

Man cites discrimination in wrongful termination suit

In today's world of business, its not uncommon for employers to weed out older employees in favor of younger and, often, less experienced workers. Although older workers provide value in terms of experience, some employers may see older employees as hurtful to their bottom line, since older, experienced employees are often paid more.  Discriminating against an employee because of age or any reason is against the law in California. What can be done when an employee experiences discrimination in the workplace? The victim can take legal action and file a lawsuit.

A man in another state recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, citing age and sexual discrimination. The man worked as a program manager and claims he was told that he was being terminated after more than 20 years working for the company. The plaintiff was 59 years old at the time of his termination. The lawsuit, which has been removed to federal court, claims he was terminated due to his age and sex.

Mulitple women file lawsuit alleging pregnancy discrimination

Unfortunately, discrimination is still very present in today's society. Although a person may be discriminated against for many reasons, any type of discrimination is wrong and can be psychologically devastating for victims. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a law firm in northern California over allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

The lawsuit was filed by three women who say they were discriminated against and mistreated after taking maternity leave. According to the plaintiffs, they endured numerous discriminatory and retaliatory acts when they returned to work from maternity leave. Allegedly, they all were passed over for promotions and denied the same pay raises as their peers. One of the plaintiffs claims she was told that her employer did not promote her because she had recently become a mother.

Understanding your rights as a pregnant woman in the workplace

If you are an employed, expectant mother and the company you work for employs 15 or more people, you have certain rights with regard to your pregnancy status when it comes to your work environment. More specifically, you have a right to enjoy a work environment free from pregnancy-related harassment or discrimination, and you also have the right to make certain moves on account of your pregnancy without having to fear retaliation from your employer or co-workers.

While these rights protect you if you are currently pregnant, they can also do so if you were recently pregnant, if you are trying to become pregnant, have a pregnancy-related medical condition or recently had, or are considering having, an abortion.

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