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.
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.
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.
Until the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is amended, marijuana use will not be a protected activity and employers can enforce drug-free workplace policies that may interfere with the use of medical marijuana without committing disability discrimination. At least that's what it appears the Ninth Circuit reasoned in recent decision.
Earlier this week, we covered employers' use of personality tests to inform hiring decisions. While experts disagree on the extent to which personality tests actually help determine an candidate's potential, nearly 20 percent of workplaces reported using them.
A hearing and speech-impaired woman recently filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that an employer discriminated against her based on the results of a personality test. Personality tests are a common recruiting tool and the results can sometimes mean the difference between a new job opportunity and a rejection.
A national food services company allegedly fired an employee when it discovered he planned to seek a much-needed kidney transplant. The employee's lawsuit claims that the company engaged in disability discrimination by firing him three days after he told managers that his transplant application had received approval.
Imagine getting fired because of a disability - even though your disability did not interfere with your ability to do your job.
Jack Osbourne revealed earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a nerve condition that can have very mild symptoms like numbness or tingling in the limbs or symptoms as severe as paralysis. Jack was slated to appear on NBC's upcoming reality tv show, "Stars Get Stripes" until NBC learned of his MS diagnosis.