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California politician resigns after sexual harassment claims

The stability and prosperity of California over the last few decades has been fueled by a workforce that increases in number and diversity with every passing year. This expansion, however, has brought increased caution to avoid discrimination or harassment in the workplace that would harm individuals and society at large.

Attention has been paid to discrimination in venture capitalism, high-tech innovation and many other industries that call the Golden State home. The state capital in Sacramento has also seen scrutiny, with many female staff members and lobbyists claiming a culture of sexual harassment in California's legislature.

California city hit with workplace discrimination suit

All good managers and directors know that diversity is the cornerstone of success in modern workplaces, and California has at once one of the largest and most diverse workforces in the world. Cases of workplace discrimination still persist in several industries, however, including legislation and law enforcement.

A recent judgment was upheld by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, hitting a California city with more than $6 million in damages and fees after three Latino police officers filed suit against current and former police chiefs. The case asserted that the officers failed to receive proper promotions and were punished for reporting the problem.

California's new law on domestic violence information

Any kind of violence is reprehensible, and there are few kinds more insidious and difficult to recover from than domestic violence. When a family or romantic relationship turns into threats and harm, life itself can feel like a prison.

Although the law focuses on punishing the perpetrator of violence and preventing further harm to a victim, another casualty of domestic violence can be a victim's career. This is why California has recently changed the law on how employers need to inform and support their employees if they are in danger.

Former counselor alleges pregnancy discrimination in lawsuit

Most Californians rely on their careers for their livelihood. They pursue education to get quality jobs and often sacrifice other pursuits to excel in them. There are enough challenges to growing and keeping a career in a fair world, and sometimes the world is not fair.

The state of California protects employees and managers from several unfair office and site practices that may restrict someone's right to work. One of the laws that make up these protections is the California Family Rights Act, which prevents discrimination against parents due to pregnancy or reasonable child care requirements.

New allegations show sexual harassment in government

Sexual harassment may be getting more attention in the national media of the United States recently, but it is far from a recent problem. Women and other populations have been facing pressure, discriminatory practices and physical abuse in workplaces and public spaces for decades and beyond.

Some new allegations of unacceptable sexualized behavior are coming from surprising places. California, a bastion of liberal progressive ideals, is the center of several industries shown to harbor harassing practices such as technology, entertainment and venture capitalism. Public service is now also being investigated for old and new transgressions.

New employment law protects Californian former convicts

Workplaces are increasingly where Americans come together. The unity that employees and managers feel when they are on the same professional team can transcend many of the differences that keep citizens and visitors to this nation apart. This is why it is also increasingly important that workplaces are free of discrimination.

Workers who feel discriminated against due to former incarceration or other legal problems scored a victory in Sacramento last month when the governor signed Assembly Bill 1008 into law. This legislation prohibits discrimination against those who formerly served time in prison or on probation.

Wrongful termination suits alleges sexual harassment

For most of American history, employers could fire their charges for any reason, or sometimes for no given reason at all. It took dozens of small advances over hundreds of years, from the creation of legal unions to the explicit legal recognition of gender and race equity, for employees to expect better across all industries.

California has been at the lead in recent years, affirming more workers' rights than many states in the United States and several nations of the world. But challenges still remain for workers and managers in the Golden State, and some employees and former employees must file suits against wrongful termination to be made whole after their rights have been violated.

New discrimination complaint tests company contracts

Sexual harassment is more than a social problem between people when it enters the workplace. Inappropriate comments and behavior can begin a painful cycle that can destroy careers and corrode workplace morale far beyond the initial incident.

California has been at the forefront of replacing a sexual harassment culture with a more inclusive and sensitive way of valuing employees and colleagues. Several laws define and prohibit specific types of gender-based discrimination after investigations and allegations in several industries, venture capitalist circles and even the seat of government in Sacramento.

Fighting sexual harassment in California's state capitol

Sexual harassment has returned to the forefront of public conversation with the unfolding scandal around decades of systematic harassment of women in Hollywood. This matter has grown larger than the entertainment industry, as the increased focus is putting the spotlight on businesses unfriendly to women and other protected groups.

Leaders of venture capital firms, tech startups and banks across California have recently had to reflect on their policies protecting a safe and productive workplaces by preventing sexual harassment. A new front is opening in the seat of the state's government itself.

Elder care litigation is a rising topic in employment law

Employment law has expanded in recent decades to account for different populations requiring special protections in the workplace. Women, members of ethnic minorities and people with specific disabilities have all received legal validation of the right to meaningfully engage with and avoid discrimination in their workplaces.

Age discrimination has received more attention as members of the workplace age across generations. However, there is no current federal law protecting employees with responsibilities for the aging, in the workplace or at home.