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Sexual harassment could be a problem in the restaurant industry

Sexual harassment is a real problem for many people in many places. Whether male or female, African-American or Caucasian, at work or at school, there are thousands of instances of sexual assault that range from inappropriate touching to lewd jokes or obscene gestures. The problem could be even worse than some realize, since many instances of sexual harassment go unreported. However, a recent survey has given the country at least a partial glimpse of how common sexual harassment is with data from the restaurant industry.

San Diego disability discrimination lawsuit settled

People with disabilities are often required to lead fundamentally different lives from those without disabilities. These differences manifest themselves in more ways than just inability to use stairs or hear when someone is calling their name. Depending on the disability, people must cope in different ways, and a lawsuit filed one year ago against Kaiser Permanente has recently served as a reminder of why employers must accommodate such disabilities. The lawsuit was filed after the company's San Diego, California facility fired a worker rather than giving said worker the reasonable accommodation he requested.

FEHA protections will extend to interns in 2015

We talk often about the importance of employee rights and the different protections afforded to employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, but did you know that some of these protections will soon also extend to volunteers or unpaid interns? Starting in 2015, FEHA will no longer be exclusively for full-time or part-time employees. Specifically, volunteers, interns and apprentices will now be protected from workplace harassment and discrimination. California is only the third state to offer these protections to such unpaid individuals.

Be aware of your rights as an employee

It is important to do your job well and to perform the functions of your occupation in a way that will please and impress your superiors. This often includes taking orders and being subordinate to those who are above you on the corporate ladder. However, it is equally important to be aware of your rights as an employee. Do not think that just because of their position within the company that your supervisors can get away with illegal behavior.