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March 2013 Archives

Sick Leave Not Mandatory In CA, But Many Employers Offer SDI

California state law doesn't require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. An attempt by New York City to make paid sick leave mandatory there has earned the promise of a veto from current Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It appears that the City of New York will remain on par with the state of California in leaving paid sick time up to the discretion of the employer.

EEOC Says Placer ARC Failed To Accommodate Hearing-Impaired Employee

Prior to being transferred to the Roseville facility, Homeyra Kazerounian had successfully worked for Placer ARC in Auburn. The transition did not go well, however. Supervisors at the Roseville location failed to accommodate Kazerounian who is hearing-impaired and best communicates through American Sign Language. She was forced to communicate mainly through spoken English in mandatory staff meetings.

Dancers Charged For Stage Time By Club Owners Fight Back

Tired of having to pay club owners for the 'privilege' of providing entertainment for guests of gentlemen's clubs, dancers are fighting back. Improper classification of dancers as independent contractors rather than employees allowed club owners to charge fees to entertainers who made money solely off of the tips of club customers.

Former SVU Colorist Fights Back Against Employment Discrimination

With seven years in with the hit TV series Law & Order: SVU and over 27 years of experience in the industry, colorist Charlotte Grau is now out of a job. But she's fighting back. Grau claims in an employment lawsuit recently filed in LA that she was fired for taking medical leave and for raising serious concerns about gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Former Price Is Right Model Headed Back To Court For Pregnancy Discrimination

It's back to the trial court for former Price is Right model Brandi Cochran. She'd previously been awarded $7.7 million in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the TV show's producer FreeMantle Media North America, but that verdict was set aside and a new trial ordered in light of a recent decision by the California Supreme Court.

Rights For Domestic Workers Back On CA Legislative Agenda

Overtime. Meal breaks. Rest breaks. Sick leave. These are basic employee rights that many people take for granted. But not domestic workers in California. Nannies, housekeepers, in-home caregivers and others throughout our state don't have these same labor protections. Yet.

To: CC: BCC: Whether Your Employer's On It, He Or She May Be Reading It

It's big news on the other coast: administration at Harvard University searched the emails of 16 members of the faculty. Administrators were trying to root out a leak; the university was embroiled in a cheating scandal last fall and there was reason to believe that the press had an inside source within the school that was providing information about how the scandal was being handled.

Housekeeper Claims Wrongful Termination After Back Injury

Angelica Castillo is fighting back. A former housekeeper for Sharon Stone, Castillo is asserting in a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer that she was fired because an injury she suffered while on the job limited the tasks she was able to complete. According to the wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuit, Castillo hurt her back while carrying groceries into her employer's residence.

Common Examples Of Pregnancy Discrimination

Discrimination based on pregnancy may be obvious - "You're fired because you are pregnant." But in many cases, it's much more subtle. Failing to make reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions or forcing a female employer to take unnecessary medical leave because she is pregnant are also forms of pregnancy discrimination.

Fired After Requesting More Than Four Months For Pregnancy Leave

Ana Fuentes Sanchez was hired by Swissport, Inc., to clean airplanes in 2007. She was fired two years later after taking 19 weeks off because of pregnancy-related complications. That included all of her unused vacation time as well as the four months she was allowed for leave under California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL).

Can Parents Take FMLA Leave To Care For Adult Sons Or Daughters?

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows a worker to take unpaid job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks to care for him or herself or a family member, including an adult son or daughter. The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division clarified earlier this year who qualifies as an adult son or daughter for purposes of taking FMLA medical leave. It may seem fairly intuitive, but here's what the federal agency had to say.

Half Of Workplaces Reported In-Office Bullying In 2012

A survey conducted of the Society for Human Resources revealed that over half of workplaces in the United States have bullies or have had incidents of bullying on the job. One employment law professional predicts that employment discrimination and harassment claims based on bullying will outpace sexual harassment claims in the coming years.

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