Even though there are various laws in place to prevent such actions, some California employers have been known to use company reorganizations and reductions-in-force (RIF) as an excuse to illegally discriminate against employees.
A former employee charged sex and pregnancy discrimination in a lawsuit filed by Bononi Law Group against the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Federal law has prohibited many forms of age discrimination in the workplace since 1967 when Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The Act says that employers cannot discriminate against workers on the basis of how old they are.
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.
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.
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.
Despite California and federal protections for pregnant workers, complaints nationwide of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace have increased by 35 percent over the last 10 years. In the last year alone, 3,745 pregnancy discrimination complaints were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).