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July 2012 Archives

$1.25 Million For LA County's Failure To Accommodate A Disability

Myrone Bollinger was a bailiff in the Los Angeles criminal court, employed by the LA County Sheriff's office. She suffered from a physical disability that made it difficult for her to go on patrol as required by her position.

Department Of Labor Creates FMLA Guide For Employees

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.

Can The Modern Family Cast Void Their Employment Contracts?

Five members of the cast of Modern Family recently filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox. Their demand? Void their existing employment contracts and rewrite new ones with higher salaries for each of the cast members.

Sexual Harassment At LA Charter Schools Settled For $1.4 Million

Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) Charter Schools spent over a million dollars to resolve three sexual harassment lawsuits that targeted illegal behavior by Fernando Pullum, a former performing arts teacher and namesake of one of the schools. Pullum left the Charter Schools group last year and the school that formerly bore his name was rolled into another campus and renamed.

California Clothier Wet Seal Sued For Racial Discrimination

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.

Workers With Disabilities Among Hardest Hit In Recession

Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions painted a bleak picture for disabled Americans wanting to enter or stay in the workforce across the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), less than one-third of disabled Americans were considered part of the workforce in June and even fewer were actually working.

Revealing Uniform Leads To Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Westwood's O'Hara's

Twenty-three-year-old Courtney Scaramella wasn't happy when the restaurant at which she worked, O'Hara's near the UCLA campus, required her to begin wearing a skimpy uniform. She'd worked for the restaurant and bar for four and a half years when management decided that female waitresses needed a uniform change to boost sales. She has since filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the Westwood sports bar.

Federal Law Needed To Stop Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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.

Guimarra Vineyard In Edison Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

A 17-year-old complained of sexual harassment in the workplace at Guimarra Vineyard and was fired shortly thereafter, according to a complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2010. She and four other farm workers employed by the grape grower in California wine country asserted that they had been inappropriately touched and were the target of offensive comments from a coworker.

Former OC Administrator Charged With Sexual Harassment, Assault

Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante was charged this week with 12 felonies related to criminal sexual harassment. In his role as an administrator for the Public Works Department of Orange County, Bustamonte allegedly used his position of authority to sexually harass and assault females employed by the County.

Best Western Pregnancy And Gender Discrimination Claims Settled

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.

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