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June 2015 Archives

Farmworkers receive settlement for long-term sexual harassment

Farmworkers in California have long suffered from under-reported sexual harassment in the fields. A recent settlement involving 10 agricultural workers in the Central Valley could signal a shift in this culture of abuse. The settlement, offered by dried fruit processor Zoria Farms, will provide the sexual harassment victims with more than $300,000, ending a long-term inquiry into the company's employee conduct.

Former McDonald's employees claim age discrimnation in firing

A 63-year-old woman along with six of her co-workers have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against McDonald's Restaurants of California Inc. The six woman and one man are suing the company alleging that they were all fired because they are over the age of 40. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges wrongful termination, age discrimination and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.

What you should know about filing a wage claim

Although there are some exceptions to the minimum wage laws, unless you are one of the exceptions, your employer is legally obligated to pay you at least the federal minimum wage or the minimum wage that is mandated by a state. This amount is determined by whichever wage amount is higher. If you qualify for minimum wage, but find that your employer is paying you less than the legally-mandated amount, by law you can file a lawsuit or make a wage claim against your employer.

Gay rights advocates turn attention to workplace discrimination

Although the Supreme Court has yet to decide whether or not same-sex marriage is protected by the constitution, that hasn't stopped gay rights groups from expecting a victory. Meanwhile, as they await the official court ruling sometime later this month, they are already looking ahead for their next big fight -- getting laws passed on the federal level to ensure protection in the workplace against discrimination of gays and transgenders.

Are you legally required to take a lunch break in California?

Although most employees usually look forward to taking a lunch break and getting away from their job for a little while, there are also those who would rather work through their lunch and stay on the clock. This can sometimes be a problem for employers, however, who fear that by allowing an employee to do so, they are perhaps breaking the law.

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