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Lawsuit alleges widespread gender discrimination

California's burgeoning economy has relied on diversity for its signature innovation and ability to adapt to new conditions in the last century. Smart managers know that the workplace is no place for discrimination that could harm this diversity.

State law protects people from discrimination based on gender, race and disability among other attributes. Women have spoken out in increased numbers against sexual harassment and workplace discrimination in recent years, uncovering problems in the tech sector, venture capital and even the state government in Sacramento.

Lawsuit against California city alleges wrongful termination

Workplaces do well when their workers are careful, vigilant and ready to report suspicious conditions. California law protects people who feel the need to share problems in the workplace from retaliation or punishment for trying to keep a business or organization honest and safe.

A former employee of a California city is suing its city council for wrongful termination. She claims that she was fired from her last position with the city government after informing officials about administrator's use of city equipment, labor and land for personal benefit.

Disability discrimination lawsuit challenges convenience store

California is the most populous and the most diverse state, including in terms of disabilities. As a result, the Golden State leads the nation in responding to the needs of disabled people. State laws supplement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in requiring businesses and public facilities to allow equal access for people with disabilities.

These laws also allow disabled people and their advocates to file a lawsuit to rectify an issue of disability discrimination. These suits can serve to provide compensation for the victims of discrimination as well as forward the cause of free access for other people who need limitations reduced in workplaces and public spaces.

New law protects California whistleblowers

California has been at the forefront of fighting sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination for the better part of a century. The broad and strong economy in the Golden State has required a modern and progressive approach to labor relations, driving concerns about inclusion.

Increased attention to sexual harassment and inappropriate workplace behavior made 2017 a banner year for improving work culture in many industries. Lawsuits have changed approaches to gender equality in venture capitalism, high-tech development and manufacturing. A new and significant target for solving problems of sexual harassment has been the state capitol in Sacramento.

California discrimination lawsuit alleges widespread racism

Discrimination has a regrettably long history in American workplaces, but the restrictions of the practice have been falling for decades. Business owners and operators in California know that it is vital for employees and work environments to leave issues of race, gender and other personal attributes off the worksite.

Lawmakers in the Golden State are considering restrictions on secret workplace settlements in response to allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. This is because addressing inappropriate behavior in the workplace is of public concern and challenging it is important to forward public expectations.

Wrongful termination lawsuit involves California hospital

Workers and managers need security to do their jobs properly, and freedom from retaliation in the workplace is one of the great drivers of California's economy. When someone sees a problem that can cause damage or injury, he or she must feel free to report it without concern for losing his or her job.

The former chief nursing officer of a psychiatric facility in northern California is suing her former employer for wrongful termination. The suit alleges the executive reported dangerous conditions internally and to regulatory agencies, leading to her illegal dismissal.

Nonprofit organization faces allegations of sexual harassment

Employees should always feel safe in the workplace and not be subjected to aggressive behavior or unwelcome propositions. While many industries are finally investigating cultures of objectification and sexual harassment, the nonprofit world is also facing allegations along these lines.

Several female employees and former employees of a prominent nongovernmental organizations are alleging a widespread culture of sexual harassment in the workplace. At least six women have reported sexually aggressive behavior and inappropriate conversation in the office and during work trips by one high-ranking official, as well as other men with the organization.

California labor laws now cover smaller businesses

Many factors have led to the success and growth of California's economy. One of the greatest contributors is the attractive environment for workers of all types in a diversified economy that has a place for everyone.

The new year brought a new batch of state laws designed to keep these workers safe, productive and secure in their jobs. Some of the new laws created the same protections at smaller workplaces that previously existed for larger ones, while others introduced new protections to prevent offensive behavior or discriminatory practices in hiring and management.

Suit may expand California disability protections

Physical disabilities do not stop thousands of Californians from making irreplaceable contributions to the state economy. Smart managers know that people dealing with physical differences should not be excluded from the workplace and every effort should be made to adapt to their needs.

The Golden State has identified specific protected groups to codify discrimination that must be prevented, and people with physical disabilities are included. A recent case involving a worker who experienced harassment and inappropriate behavior at her workplace may be updating these protections in California law.

California's state assembly opens sexual harassment records

A new year begins and the thoughts of many Californians drift to what has happened in the last one. Employees' rights attorneys and social researchers point to one of the key trends of 2017: increased attention to sexual harassment and other types of insidious discrimination in the workplace.

Venture capital firms, high-tech development companies and the state university system have all seen lawsuits, settlements and dismissals related to charges of sexual harassment, as well as the government. The California State Legislature paid out $2 million to resolve related cases in the last year alone.