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December 2012 Archives

A Threat To Your Boss' Marriage? You Could Be Fired In Iowa

Although firing an employee because she is too attractive may seem unfair, it is not against the law in Iowa, according to the state's Supreme Court. Firing a female employee and replacing her with another female employee, in an office composed of other female employees, does not amount to gender discrimination, according to the court.

L.A.-Based Meatpacking Company To Hire Hundreds Of Females

The Los Angeles-area meatpacking company Clougherty Packing Co. has agreed to employ 700 of 2,000 women who were wrongfully denied employment simply because they are female as new jobs at the plant become available.

Is A Raise In CA's Minimum Wage Coming in 2013?

Assembly Bill 10 has been revised and is back on the 2013 agenda for the California legislature. Sponsored by Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, the latest version of AB 10 would call for a $.50 raise in California's minimum wage in 2014, bringing it to $8.25.

Paycheck Victory For California Restaurant Workers

Throughout Los Angeles County and San Francisco, restaurant owners have been consistently underpaying cooks, bus boys, servers and other restaurant staff, according the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The issues with employee compensation were violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

LAPD Loses Yet Another Workplace Discrimination Case

The Los Angeles Police Department has been plagued by bad acts by officers that have resulted in a series of employment law cases. The most recent, a wrongful termination case, ended in a $2.8 million verdict for a police officer who claimed he was retaliated against for coming forward with information about discrimination based on race within the department.

Seasonal Farm Workers Win $500k Settlement In Discrimination Case

A class-action lawsuit filed last year by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged that Hamilton Growers, Inc., had systematically fired American workers from seasonal positions and replaced them with workers from Mexico. The majority of the workers that were fired were African-American, leading to claims of both employment discrimination based on race and based on national origin.

Nannies And Other Domestic Workers Shortchanged, On Average

On average, nannies make about $11/hour, according to a recent survey released by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Housekeepers and caregivers fare slightly lower on the pay scale, averaging around $10/hour nationwide.

Employer May Use "Business Judgment" To Fire Pregnant Employee

After being offered the position of personal assistant to the manager of Star Wars creator George Lucas' home in San Anselmo, Julie Veronese was unable to begin work due to a pregnancy-related illness. Her start date was pushed back until Veronese's boss, Sarita Patel, determined that the job would not be a good fit for her because of the duties of the position.

Merck Accused Of Pregnancy Discrimination, Retaliation By Senior Director

A 19-year career at Merck came to an end after Kerri Colicchio had her third child. She was the Senior Director of Global Operational Excellence in 2005 when she announced her pregnancy. And she was promptly informed, according to her lawsuit, that she would not be promoted to vice president because of a planned extended maternity leave.

Riverside Employee Settles Wrongful Termination Suit

Former Riverside contracts administrator Sean Gill was without a job after he blew the whistle on his employer for poorly handling public works projects at the expense of taxpayers. In a recently settled wrongful termination lawsuit, Gill claimed that he was fired almost immediately after alerting superiors to the wrongful conduct.

Walmart Wages: Lawsuit Targets Retailer's Use of Contractors

Walmart has a reputation in California and throughout the nation as an aggressive and effective cost-controlling machine. Its ability to offer low prices reflects how successful the company has been at running a lean, efficient supply chain. However, a California lawsuit is now claiming that the company went too far and is responsible for massive violations of federal labor laws.

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