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March 2012 Archives

EEOC Explains Reasonable Factor Other Than Age In Age Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a final rule on Friday intended to clarify protections offered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA is intended to protect workers 40 and older from both intentional and as-applied workplace discrimination based on age.

Discrimination or Self-Segregation Keeping Minorities Out Of Tech Industry?

African American startups received less than 1 percent of all venture capital investments in 2010, compared to about 87 percent going to white startups, according to a report from CB Insights. That statistic has led many to wonder why there aren't more minorities in the tech industry.

Bus Boy Allegedly Fired For HIV Status Sues The Ivy Restaurant

Five months after being hired as a busboy at The Ivy Restaurant in Los Angeles, Reymudo Martinez found out he was HIV positive. A month later, after struggling with his work responsibilities due to side effects from his HIV medication and a request from his doctor for a more accommodating shift, Martinez was fired.

Can Facebook Passwords Be Requested on Employment Applications?

Name. Address. Work History. References. Facebook password. The first four are commonly understood to be necessary information when applying for a new job, but the fifth - a Facebook password - is working its way onto the list of information requested by future employers before a job offer is made.

State Workers Can Request Job Back, Not Damages for FMLA Self-Care Leave Violations

The Supreme Court of the United States decided on Tuesday that a former state employee cannot sue his employer for money damages even though he may have been fired in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the protections of the FMLA, employees are allowed to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid time off work for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for themselves or a family member recovering from medical condition.

Glendale police officers alleged national origin discrimination

Three Glendale police officers of Armenian descent recently filed a national origin discrimination and retaliation lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The officers allege that they were retaliated against for filing an earlier workplace harassment lawsuit. The officers' 2010 lawsuit alleged that the officers faced several years of retaliation, harassment, and other forms of discrimination due to their national origin.

NASA Intelligent Design Discrimination Trial Begins

A religious discrimination lawsuit brought by one NASA computer specialist is set to go to trial in Los Angeles soon. Religious discrimination is one of the most common types of workplace discrimination in California and against state and federal law. Religious discrimination can take multiple forms including demotions and wrongful terminations.

Welcome, Sonya Paskil!

Sonya Paskil.JPGBononi Law Group, LLP is so pleased to announce the arrival of our new associate, Sonya Paskil. We are looking forward to working with her and are confident she will be an excellent addition to our firm.

Female Service Members File Suit Against U.S. Military

Eight current and former female members of the U.S. military have filed suit against named defendants and past and present military leaders for claims of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. In the lawsuit, the women allege a pervasive sexual harassment and assault while the women were on active duty.

Celebrity Chef Paula Deen Sued for Sexual Harassment

A former employee at the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother has filed suit, alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. The Savannah restaurant is co-owned by Deen and her brother, and the plaintiff named both Deen and the brother in the employment law suit.

Pregnant Hollywood model loses lawsuit against The Price is Right

Producers of the popular game show The Price is Right have been sued numerous times over the years by models featured on the show. Models often claim discrimination and harassment while working on the show formerly hosted by Bob Barker.

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