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August 2012 Archives

MTV, Viacom Accused Of Sex Discrimination, Age Discrimination

Andrea Fair started working at MTV as a Senior Talent Director in 2005. In 2008, she was promoted to Vice President of Talent and Music (TAM). In 2009, Fair also joined MTV's Visionary Committee, a group tasked with determining the network's future.

Is Lactation Discrimination A Pregnancy-Related Condition?

A Texas court didn't think so. A Houston-area woman was fired after she asked her employer if she could use a private room to pump breast milk at work. She sued, claiming sex discrimination, but the judge did not agree.

Religious Discrimination At The Happiest Place On Earth

Imane Boudlal, a 28-year-old former hostess at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' Storyteller Café in California, wore a hijab to work in August 2010. Disney response to her Muslim head covering is now the basis for an employment discrimination lawsuit.

Barker's Beauties To Include Male Model For A Week

The Price is Right is conducting a search for the first male model to work alongside female show models on the popular game show. Once nicknamed "Barker's Beauties," back when Bob Barker was the show's host, this will be the first time that the formerly all-female cast of models has included a man.

Nicollette Sheridan Not Fired, Her Contract Simply Wasn't Renewed

After five seasons as Edie Brit on Desperate Housewives, Nicollette Sheridan no longer had a job on the popular television drama. Touchstone Television Productions had an employment contract with Sheridan for the first season of the show with the option to renew the contract each season for six additional seasons. It chose not to renew Sheridan's contract and Brit was killed in a fatal car accident during season five.

Burbank Police Officer's Harassment Claim Turned Down, Appeal Likely

For the first time in three recent separate cases involving the Burbank Police Department in California, jurors found in favor of the department rather than with the plaintiff. This particular case involves sexual harassment and employment discrimination said to be perpetrated against Burbank police officer Cindy Guillen, whose trial began in May.

Attorney General Involvement Requested In OC Sexual Harassment Scandal

In a letter sent Tuesday to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, the California branch of the National Organization of Women (NOW) requested an independent investigation into the sexual harassment scandal in Orange County. The letter alleges that the County is not doing nearly enough to protect female workers after criminal charges were filed against Carlos Bustamante, a former Public Works administrator.

Your Employer May Not Like It, But Intermittent FMLA Leave Is Permitted

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) allow employees to take job-protected leave for an extended time period after certain events such as child birth or adoption, to care for a family member who is sick or to care for your own physical well-being, among others. Often taken as a lump of time, as with maternity leave, FMLA leave can also be taken intermittently.

Sharon Osbourne Says NBC Discriminated Against Jack For Disability

Jack Osbourne revealed earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a nerve condition that can have very mild symptoms like numbness or tingling in the limbs or symptoms as severe as paralysis. Jack was slated to appear on NBC's upcoming reality tv show, "Stars Get Stripes" until NBC learned of his MS diagnosis.

Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Retired LAUSD Superintendent

We've previously blogged about the sexual harassment claims made against former LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines and the breakdown of what was thought to be a settlement of all related claims. A sexual harassment lawsuit was recently filed against Cortines, reviving the sexual harassment claims.

KVEA Telemundo Reporter Fired At 50

Vicky Gutierrez was a reporter for LA's local KVEA Telemundo TV station for nine years. During that time she received a nomination for an Emmy Award for her work as a reporter/anchor and received positive annual reviews of her contributions to the news team's success.

Disability Discrimination At The EEOC

Mary Bullock was an administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) until 2007. She also suffered from multiple sclerosis. She sued the EEOC in 2006 claiming that the agency tasked with protecting employee rights failed to accommodate her disability as required by the Rehabilitation Act and that the agency retaliated against her after she filed her complaint alleging disability discrimination.

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