We previously blogged about a pregnancy discrimination verdict against George Lucas that was reversed on appeal: Julie Veronese was well into the hiring process at Lucas' estate at San Anselmo when she found out she was pregnant and was forced to push back what she had thought was her start date. She filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Lucasfilm that also included claims for wrongful termination and failure to prevent workplace discrimination.
Two former teachers at the Little Oaks School in Thousand Oaks were let go after they refused to submit information about their own faith, including church attendance, and a reference from a pastor to their employer. Rather than settling a wrongful termination and religious discrimination case with the teachers, the school has filed a lawsuit in federal court to assert what it believes is its right to associate and hire only those who share its religious beliefs.
In his inauguration speech earlier this month, President Obama reflected the sentiment of many throughout the United States related to discrimination based on sexual orientation: It needs to be stopped. "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law," the President noted.
Change has come to the U.S. military. First, by stopping the don't-ask-don't-tell policy and stopping discrimination based on sexual orientation and now allowing women to serve in combat roles, ending years of gender discrimination among our fighting forces.
A formal request to sue has been made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) here in California on behalf of at least nine former American Idol contestants who believe they were the subjects of illegal discrimination based on race. The attorney for the ousted contestants claims that, over the show's 12 seasons, 10 would-be-starts were eliminated from the show because of problems with prior criminal history.
Although firing an employee because she is too attractive may seem unfair, it is not against the law in Iowa, according to the state's Supreme Court. Firing a female employee and replacing her with another female employee, in an office composed of other female employees, does not amount to gender discrimination, according to the court.
The Los Angeles-area meatpacking company Clougherty Packing Co. has agreed to employ 700 of 2,000 women who were wrongfully denied employment simply because they are female as new jobs at the plant become available.
The Los Angeles Police Department has been plagued by bad acts by officers that have resulted in a series of employment law cases. The most recent, a wrongful termination case, ended in a $2.8 million verdict for a police officer who claimed he was retaliated against for coming forward with information about discrimination based on race within the department.
A class-action lawsuit filed last year by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged that Hamilton Growers, Inc., had systematically fired American workers from seasonal positions and replaced them with workers from Mexico. The majority of the workers that were fired were African-American, leading to claims of both employment discrimination based on race and based on national origin.
On average, nannies make about $11/hour, according to a recent survey released by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Housekeepers and caregivers fare slightly lower on the pay scale, averaging around $10/hour nationwide.