A new bill recently passed by the California Assembly seeks to expand religious protections in the workplace by specifically allowing employees to wear religious clothing and carry religious objects while at work. Religious hairstyles would also be protected. Religious freedom is already protected in the California workplace. An employer cannot legally discriminate against an employee based on his or her religious beliefs.
A jury awarded $1.2 million to Julie Fagundes, a former saleswoman for CenCal Beverage Company in Ceres. According to her lawsuit, Fagundes was sexually harassed in the workplace and despite complaining about the treatment, her supervisors did nothing to stop the unwelcome attention. Coworkers and supervisors called her names, groped her and subjected her to pornography.
Amid rumors that John Doe #2 in the sexual harassment and sexual battery lawsuit against John Travolta was moving into mediation, Doe #2's lawyer emphatically denied that was going to happen. Instead the lawyer promised a fight, but one that would protect his client, an alleged sexual assault victim, from unfair public judgment while allowing him to pursue legal remedies related to the harassment.
Then-President Woodrow Wilson declared Mothers Day a national holiday in the United States in 1914. Although the U.S. holiday is not yet 100 years old, protections for mothers in the workplace have come a long way since the presidential action of setting aside one day a year to honor mothers throughout our country.
New employees with a criminal record may be breathing a sigh of relief after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidelines to employers when running background checks on new hires.