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Study: Hiring discrimination hasn't declined since 1989

The world is a very different place today than it was back in 1989. However, in one way, researchers say that nothing has really changed since then. They claim that the discrimination that African-Americans face when trying to get jobs is exactly the same.

The study was carried out by professionals working at the Institute for Social Research, Northwestern University and Harvard. They looked over all of the data and field experiments that have been completed, starting in 1989 and ending in 2015.

Wrongful termination requires swift action

Employees in California might think that there isn't anything they can do if they are terminated for a job since this is an at-will employment state. This isn't the truth in all cases. There are limits to the reasons why employers can terminate people. If an employee is fired for an illegal reason, that person might choose to take legal action against the employer.

We understand that you might have some questions about wrongful termination. We can discuss your case with you and help you find out what options you have. One thing that you must remember is that you can only take action if you were terminated for something like speaking about about discrimination or harassment, or if you made statements about illegal activities going on in the business.

Workers with learning difficulties and discrimination

Many people with learning disabilities are able to find meaningful work and contribute to society and to the workplace. The opportunities that those with learning disabilities are able to receive are in part due to legal protections and support that comes with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

While there have been significant strides made in regard to the possibilities of work for those with learning disabilities, unfortunately discrimination in the workplace and in the recruitment process is still common. This is unacceptable, and if you or a loved one has a learning disability, it is important to stand up for the rights of disabled people, as well as learn about what can be done.

Employees allege racial discrimination at California company

California prioritizes the right to work and be free of discrimination, and Californians have more explicit rights in the workplace than most other Americans. Challenges still remain, and many members of racial minorities face them every day.

An alternative energy company is facing lawsuits in Sacramento Superior Court after two of its employees reported harassment and a culture of discrimination. One of the employees described a manager using a racial slur and other co-workers singling him out as an African-American.

Employees can fight racial discrimination in the workplace

Race-based discrimination is an employment issue across the nation as well as a social ill. Many steps have been taken to eliminate racism in the last 50 years, but many employees still find inappropriate behavior may await them in the office.

California has a reputation as a progressive state, with its many laws protecting African Americans and other races from workplace discrimination and other forms of prejudice. In a recent year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported nearly 7 percent of racial discrimination complaints recorded nationwide were from the Golden State.

Allies of protected groups can help prevent discrimination

California has some of the toughest regulations preventing discrimination in the workplace. However, violations still happen and it takes all of us to prevent them.

A police officer in the Bay Area is alleging blatant racism in his on-the-job harassment by colleagues. The Muslim immigrant apparently suffered threats and accusations of terrorism, and later suffered retaliation when he reported racist and homophobic behavior by his fellow officers.

Pay and benefit discrimination still affects African-Americans

If people have been part of California's workforce for three or four decades, they can tell you that things are looking up for workers of all types. New labor laws protect employees' needs for medical care and proper rest times, and many members of protected classes now have recourse against discrimination.

The journey to equality is not over, however, as many workers are underpaid due to race and gender. A recent study shows a large income gap between white and African-American workers across the country. White employees earned an average hourly rate nearly one-third higher than African-Americans.

What does the 'ban-the-box' law mean for Californians?

Californians and their lawmakers are always striving to remain at the forefront of employee rights, as the Golden State is already one of the safest and most progressive states in labor law. New laws protect people from discrimination, arbitrary termination and other excesses of managers and employers.

Many recent laws in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other jurisdictions in California made it illegal to inquire about a person's criminal history. These laws came to be known as "ban-the-box" laws, as it removed a checkbox about past convictions from employment applications. Now that there is a statewide "ban-the-box" law, employers may be looking for answers about their responsibilities.

Former manager wins nearly $8 million for wrongful termination

Workers of all kinds and industries can measure their progress in the new laws that protect their rights in the workplace. California leads the nation in protections for office employees, onsite contractors and even freelancers.

Many of these laws are vital because they make it harder to terminate an employee's contract without proper cause. In general, people are dismissed from their jobs because they have failed to fulfill their job description or behaved improperly as an employee.

California diabetic sues food chain for disability discrimination

A diabetic man who previously worked as an assistant manager in a large foodservice chain has accused his former employer of disability discrimination based on his chronic condition. His lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that his employer refused to make reasonable accommodation and later fired him in retaliation.

The plaintiff's claim for damages may be inflated to include higher economic damages than similar cases. This is because he claims he was unemployed for months after the incident and many new job applications were turned down when he described his termination.