Police Officer Earl Wright of the Los Angeles Police Department was recently awarded $1.2 million by a California jury for the years of racial discrimination and harassment he endured on the force. The jury took less than four hours to side with Wright and find the City liable for damages related to the harassment and discrimination claims.
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.
With seven years in with the hit TV series Law & Order: SVU and over 27 years of experience in the industry, colorist Charlotte Grau is now out of a job. But she's fighting back. Grau claims in an employment lawsuit recently filed in LA that she was fired for taking medical leave and for raising serious concerns about gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
It's back to the trial court for former Price is Right model Brandi Cochran. She'd previously been awarded $7.7 million in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the TV show's producer FreeMantle Media North America, but that verdict was set aside and a new trial ordered in light of a recent decision by the California Supreme Court.
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.
A survey conducted of the Society for Human Resources revealed that over half of workplaces in the United States have bullies or have had incidents of bullying on the job. One employment law professional predicts that employment discrimination and harassment claims based on bullying will outpace sexual harassment claims in the coming years.
Two former employees of Capital Asset Exchange and Trading (CAET) have alleged in separate employment discrimination and harassment lawsuits against the California employer that it cultivated a culture of sexual harassment through vulgar actions and speech. Both were employed as capital equipment traders for the Redwood City-based company.
Forty-nine-year-old Tonya Battle has worked for the same hospital for 25 years. Currently she's a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She may have thought she'd seen it all, until one father's request floored her: he asked the hospital to ensure that no African-American nurses cared for his newborn.
It doesn't seem fair. You are out of work, looking for a job and a regular paycheck to afford your basic living expenses. You don't have a job, so sometimes meeting bill due dates or paying the required amount has been difficult and you were dinged on your credit report. Some employers are using those negative marks and resulting lowered credit scores to deny employment to otherwise good candidates.
Retail clothing giant Aeropostale is facing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit from a former employee who claims she was consistently harassed by management after informing her superiors that she was expecting a baby. Codie Nelson had been a sales associate at an Aeropostale store for only four months when she began having pregnancy symptoms. She was about nine weeks along when she experienced cramping during her shift.