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.
Overtime. Meal breaks. Rest breaks. Sick leave. These are basic employee rights that many people take for granted. But not domestic workers in California. Nannies, housekeepers, in-home caregivers and others throughout our state don't have these same labor protections. Yet.
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.
Election Day is rapidly approaching and California workers should take a minute to make sure they know about their voting rights at the workplace. California law aggressively guarantees an employee's ability to participate in democracy by requiring employers to cooperate.
Today Show co-host Ann Curry tearfully announced that she would no longer be part of the morning program's family on Thursday. She was reportedly one year into a 3-year contract when the network decided to buy her out amid a ratings decline. The 55-year-old newswoman was replaced by 40-year-old Savannah Guthrie who most recently was the Chief Legal Analyst.
Employers throughout California are required by law to provide meal breaks to hourly employees for every shift over five hours. But, the California Supreme Court recently ruled that if an employee chooses to work through his or her meal break, the employer has met its duty by simply giving the worker the opportunity to take a meal break.
A former employee at the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother has filed suit, alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. The Savannah restaurant is co-owned by Deen and her brother, and the plaintiff named both Deen and the brother in the employment law suit.
As the economy continues to keep unemployment rates high, many states are looking to add laws that forbid discriminating against people who have been unemployed for a long time. Proposed legislation in California will fine businesses that discriminate against unemployed people, either while posting a job or while making their hiring decisions.