After years of hard work and countless late nights at the office, you finally obtain your dream job - only to be told that you are being let go due to company downsizing. After your initial shock fades, you start to question why you are being fired when so many other less-qualified employees are being saved. One particular thought begins to run through your head, "Am I the victim of discrimination or employer retaliation?"
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.
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.
Employers have the responsibility to stay alert to employment law changes and modify any policies that do not comply with federal and state laws. The fashion industry, however, continues to show signs that they're far behind in protecting models. As independent contractors for fashion designers, it's sometimes unclear for the employer how to treat the models under the law, but it's becoming increasingly clear that further regulation may be needed to prevent grievous harm.
A new law that went into effect in January could have serious consequences for anyone who advises an employer to treat an employee as a contractor, if in fact that classification is knowingly incorrect. The contractor misclassification law is under labor code 2763 and it allows the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to assess monetary penalties against individuals or employers who violate the law.
Uffer a no-go in Needles
Hospital's board can't agree on deal
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer Created: 09/13/2010 06:56:13 PM PDT