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Three tips for pregnant employees

Getting a job in today’s marketplace may be easier compared to past years. But if you are a pregnant woman, the road to a job may still be as difficult as when the last depression killed jobs. This is because not every employer understands (or follows) the rules governing pregnant workers and may discriminate against them. Because of this, it is important for pregnant workers to protect themselves against unscrupulous employers.

This post will provide some helpful tips.

Women file class action against Google claiming unequal pay

Three female plaintiffs have filed suit against Google and hope to have the lawsuit certified as a class action. They claim that the internet giant routinely pays women substantially less than men for similar work. This violates the California Equal Pay Act and other anti-discrimination laws. Moreover, they claim the company thwarts advancement by women.

The women claim that the discrimination is systematic. According to their complaint, Google sets different compensation levels for male and female employees, keeping women partitioned into levels with lower ceilings. And, throughout the company, fewer women are promoted and they move through the ranks more slowly than men.

Bill expanding California parental leave heads to governor

Not all expectant parents in California are guaranteed time off once their children are born. While state law guarantees 12 weeks of parental leave for many new mothers and fathers, the existing law only covers people working in companies with at least 50 employees.

This could change under SB 63, the New Parent Leave Act, which recently passed the California Senate. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill into law, protections that currently exist for workers at larger companies would extend to workers at companies that employ at least 20 people.

Did a cemetery worker reporting bad behavior dig his own grave?

In 2015, Reymond Blazys began working at Roselawn Memorial Park and Glenview Memorial Gardens, two cemeteries based in southern Wisconsin. After two years of watching his co-workers perform their supposedly sacred duties while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, he decided to report their bad behavior.

Not long after, Blazys was fired.

Female employees win $10 million settlement with Ford

In a bit of news that may have slipped under your radar in the last couple of weeks, Ford settled a lawsuit with a group of female employees to the tune of $10.1 million. The allegations made by the women stem from a hostile work environment at a Chicago assembly plant that they claim fostered an atmosphere of sexual harassment and sexual favors.

According to the lawsuit, some male employees requested sexual favors from women at the plant, and that they would expose their genitals at work, either in person or with a cellphone picture. Ford responded by firing eight managers at the plant in 2015, including the lead manager.

Labor and workplace discrimination laws on a collision course?

One day after former Google employee James Damore filed a National Labor Relations Board complaint, a court ruling may have already bolstered the merits of his complaint.

Damore is the former engineer whose candid email recently garnered banner headlines that saw his name and story trend on social media. After sending the missive where he claimed that gender inequality in software engineering is based on biological differences, he was fired for the memo.

What is a hostile work environment?

Almost everyone has had a job they found unpleasant or coworkers they didn't get along with. But when does a bad workplace become a hostile work environment?

While it can be hard to get your work done when your coworker plays their music too loudly or your boss ignores you when you ask for help, these behaviors are not illegal. It's a different story, however, if ongoing harassment by a coworker or supervisor prevents you from being able to do your job.

The cost of workplace retaliation for employers

Acts of workplace retaliation can not only affect work environments, but also careers. Victims of these hostile acts have recourse in the form of lawsuits against the company that allowed the illegal tactics to continue.

When it comes to plaintiff employees alleging workplace retaliation in trials, jurors can relate more to the employees. In numerous cases, that level of empathy could result in ruling against employers and their acts of retribution.

The lessons learned from Uber's missteps

In spite of all the technological advancements that Silicon Valley is responsible for, they are equally as famous, or infamous, for an antiquated work culture more akin to Mad Men instead of modern times. Those that claim to be cutting-edge are anything but, especially when they promote intolerable, if not outright hostile work environments.

Few companies inside and outside of the famed Northern California business region has witnessed such a storied rise, only to see their reputation sullied and success cut short. Uber was an up and coming ride-sharing giant that all too soon found itself with three billion in losses, ongoing lawsuits, and senior executives leaving in disgrace.

Reasonable accommodation, the interactive process and your employer

Last week, we began discussing how one of the primary advantages of calling the Golden State home is the comprehensive legal protection granted to residents, particularly as it relates to employment. By way of illustration, we began discussing the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

In particular, we began discussing how absent extreme hardship, the FEHA requires employers with five or more employees to provide their disabled individuals with reasonable accommodations enabling them to perform their duties. We'll continue this important discussion in today's post, examining an employer's responsibilities as it relates to the "interactive process."  

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