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Woman claims discrimination for being pregnant

In California and across the country, full-time employees are entitled to certain rights. The Department of Labor currently enforces close to 200 employment laws in the United States. Some of the most important of these laws seek to abolish harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Most people are familiar with gender and racial discrimination, but discrimination exists in many forms and can affect nearly every person. What can be done when a worker loses employment due to discrimination?

A woman in another state was allegedly fired due to her pregnancy and she has since filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit says that the woman worked as a business development manager. The plaintiff claims that she found out she was pregnant one month into her employment. Allegedly, her superior prevented her from doing her job because she was pregnant.

Del Mar city employee suffers retaliation for whistleblowing

In California, employees have the right to speak up when they witness inappropriate actions or activities in the workplace. Whistleblower laws were put in place to protect employees from retaliation. Recently, a lawsuit was filed by a former employee of the city of Del Mar in California after administrators allegedly terminated her for reporting inappropriate activity.

The first suit was filed by a woman who worked for the city of Del Mar as a lifeguard and parking enforcement officer. According to the lawsuit, city administrators used power tools, city vehicles and city parks for personal use. Allegedly, her director even used city employees for work at his residence while the employees were on the city clock. The plaintiff also claims inappropriate and sexual comments were often made to new lifeguards.

Do you know what sexual harassment is?

When you go to work in the Los Angeles area, you expect fair treatment. You do not expect to receive preferential treatment for any reason other than merit and seniority. Though you have only been on the job for a few months, you have noticed that some of your managers tend to play favorites with some of your co-workers who hang out with them after work. 

It is important for you to understand what sexual harassment is. Just because you are not the recipient of it does not mean that you are not affected by it or in a position to report it. Here is a brief overview of what sexual harassment is. 

Former Google employee files lawsuit alleging discrimination

Workers in California should not have to face things such as harassment and discrimination while at work. Although workplace harassment and discrimination are against the law, these things continue to occur across the country. Victims of discrimination may experience turmoil and distress that can last a lifetime. Google is at the center of a recent lawsuit filed by a former employee, alleging the tech giant facilitated an environment of harassment and discrimination.

The suit, filed by a former female employee of Google, claims that the company failed to protect her from gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The plaintiff claims she experienced sexual harassment and abuse from co-workers almost on a daily basis. The alleged harassment included lewd comments and indecent text messages. She claims that male co-workers also shot darts and threw balls at her, even slapping her on one occasion.

Two businesses sued after alleged wage and hour violations

The fundamental basis for all types of employment is that the employee is paid for the work he or she provides. This is required by law in California and across the United States. The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted to ensure that workers are compensated fairly and requires that employees be paid overtime pay of time and a half when they work in excess of 40 hours per week. These are also commonly referred to as wage and hour laws. Unfortunately, some employers will choose to break these laws.

A restaurant and a grocer in another state allegedly failed to pay employees overtime, and they became the center of lawsuits. The lawsuit filed against the restaurant claimed that the owners violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to suit, the owners failed to pay the employees for overtime and paid the majority of the employees a flat rate regardless of the amount of hours they worked. The lawsuit also alleged that the business did not keep accurate time and payroll records. The owners of the restaurant were ordered to pay over $112,000 in back wages to employees

Former officer faced retaliation for choosing not to shoot

Sometimes, employees in California and across the country will face punishment for doing the right thing. A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a police officer in another state details allegations of retaliation because the officer chose not to discharge his firearm. Allegedly, the officer chose not to use deadly force on a suicidal man and was punished for his decision.

The lawsuit said the officer received a call about a domestic dispute and, as he arrived on the scene, encountered a visibly distraught man yielding a gun. In a suicide attempt, the distraught man begged the officer to shoot him, according to the lawsuit. The officer claimed he used his experience and training to de-escalate the situation. The officer said that, even though the man had a gun, he believed the man did not pose a threat to others but wanted to harm himself.

Researcher experiences retaliation for reporting violations

Whistleblower is a term most often used to describe a person that reports or "blows the whistle" on inappropriate or illegal activity in the workplace. In California and across the country, there are whistleblower laws that offer protection for these employees. However, some employers will ignore these laws and punish the whistleblowing workers in retaliation.

A former researcher in another state was allegedly fired for reporting safety violations, and she has taken legal action in the form of a lawsuit against her former employer. The woman worked as an associate lab director at a college in another state and claims she learned that a monkey infected with a special agent was allowed to escape for several hours. Allegedly, she reported the incident, but her superiors shrugged it off as an accident rather than a violation.

Former HR director faced retaliation for reporting misconduct

Losing a good-paying, steady job is an experience that no California resident wants to face. However, when employment is lost due to such things as retaliation or harassment, the experience can be absolutely devastating. A scenario like this recently made headlines in another state. According to reports, a former Human Resources director was retaliated against for allegedly reporting the inappropriate conduct of a superior, and he subsequently filed a lawsuit.

The man worked as an HR director for a school district in another state. The lawsuit said that the plaintiff was hired to look into the chief financial officer's alleged misconduct and kept a diary detailing the alleged misbehavior of the district's chief financial officer. An internal investigation was launched by the district to investigate the chief financial officer's alleged inappropriate activity and the plaintiff's diary was used by investigators, the lawsuit said.

What can I do if I believe my employer owes me unpaid wages?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, then you are no stranger to the high cost of living. Your credentials enable you to work in a financially rewarding career. As much as you cherish your job and the financial security it has proved, you suspect that your employer has not paid you all your wages. 

There are many reasons an employer might withhold wages. Regardless of what those reasons may be, not paying workers' their full wages is a direct violation of their employment contracts and against the law. Here are some things you can do if you believe your employer owes you back pay. 

$1.5 million awarded to doctor who faced retaliation

Retaliatory acts in any walk of life can definitely have profound impacts on victims. However, when retaliation occurs in the workplace, the victim's financial and emotional well-being are directly affected. Its effects can be absolutely devastating. California and other states have laws that protect employees from retaliation. A doctor in another state was allegedly fired as a retaliatory act and she was awarded compensation from a lawsuit that she had filed.

The plaintiff worked as an oncologist for a health system in another state. Allegedly, she was retaliated against for reporting numerous violations and patient safety issues. The lawsuit contained specific details of the alleged violations by another oncologist, which included a breast cancer patient with paralysis who was treated in the wrong area of the spine and another breast cancer patient who was treated with chemotherapy and radiation at the same time, which led to severe side effects.

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