The U.S. Department of Labor, concerned that too few employees throughout the United States were aware of the protections offered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), recently released a guide intended for workers to help explain the benefits of the federal law. The guide works through a typical FMLA leave process - from determining eligibility for FMLA job-protected leave to returning to work after taking leave.
Wet Seal management systematically fired African-American employees because their look - namely the color of their skin - did not fit the brand's image, according to a recently-filed racial discrimination lawsuit against the clothing retailer in California. Two former Wet Seal store managers and one assistant manager are attempting to bring the lawsuit on behalf of all African-Americans formerly employed and wrongfully terminated by the retailer.
UCLA's Williams Institute recently published a study on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace. According to its findings, there is still much room for improvement to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. Gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination is consistently witnessed by both homosexual and heterosexual employees and without federal intervention and improved protections, the Institute doesn't believe conditions will improve.
Two hotel groups recently settled pregnancy and gender discrimination and harassment claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC claimed that a manager who worked for both groups fired five women after finding out that they were pregnant as well as harassed and belittled women who worked for him.