In a recent report issued by the Los Angeles Police Commission's Inspector General, the City revealed that it has paid out over a million dollars in lawsuits and settlements over the last six years. Of that total, more than $31 million was paid to settle or to otherwise close employment discrimination lawsuits brought by current or former officers.
A general merchandise manager for Albertson's has filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the grocery chain for failing to accommodate her need for light duty during her high-risk pregnancy. According the lawsuit, the 30-year-old woman requested accommodations in writing three times, only to be ignored by her superiors.
Late last year, we posted about a woman who sued for wrongful termination after her boss decided she was too irresistible and a threat to his marriage. At the time, the Iowa Supreme Court declined to offer any employment protections to a woman - whether under the auspices of gender discrimination or sexual harassment - to a woman who was fired for being too good looking.
Pregnant workers who request temporary accommodations are still being put on unpaid leave or fired prior to childbirth, according to a report recently released from the National Women's Law Center and A Better Balance. The requests for accommodation that are triggering employers to wrongfully terminate pregnant workers are somewhat shocking in how simply the requests could be met without firing the employee, such as additional bathroom breaks, the ability to drink water throughout a shift or simply to sit rather than stand while working.
After working for a month at a Pennsylvania McDonald's, Natalie Gunshannon had not been paid. The franchisee for whom Gunshannon worked required all employees to receive their earned wages on a debit card but Gunshannon refused to activate hers.
A second grade teacher at a Catholic school in San Diego was fired after her ex-husband violated a restraining order by appearing on campus one day. Not only is Carie Charlesworth no longer welcome at her job, her four children are no longer allowed to attend the school because of what the school calls the unpredictability of her ex-husband's actions and the potential threat he poses to other students and faculty.
All women in the workplace are at risk of discrimination because of a pregnancy. But, the practice may be most common among supervisors of those most vulnerable to lost wages, a diminished paycheck or a lost job: women in low-wage positions.
While deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, former Collections Systems Tech Everett Patten reinjured his knee, requiring a medical evacuation from theater. Patten is a Navy veteran who was called up from his position in the Reserves to contribute to the military effort in the Middle East. He was also a County employee, having worked for Clackamas County for 19 years.
When BMW took changed the logistics company it was using to provide services to one of its factories, the automaker assured the employees that it would try retain all of them, but each would have to reapply. BMW ran background checks on 645 prospective employees and disqualified 88 of the workers based on the criminal checks, even though they had all been working at the company for some time.
A California mother who required intermittent medical leave to care for two sons and her husband recently filed an employment lawsuit against Kaiser. The woman, a vocational nurse for Kaiser since 2010, was fired in retaliation for exercising her right to medical leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), among other claims, according to her lawsuit.
Wrongful termination. Gender discrimination. Age discrimination. All are themes of The Muppets heading to the courtroom, not for a new film from Disney, but to defend themselves in an employment lawsuit recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cecilia Hyoun was a seasoned assistant film editor hired to work on a new Muppets movie slated to complete production in 2011.
A police officer, referred to as "Tyler," had a son who suffered from sickle-cell anemia, requiring Tyler to miss work to care for him on an intermittent basis. Tyler requested and was approved to take intermittent medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for his son.