Los Angeles Employment And Labor Newsletters
Age an Increasingly Common Cause of Workplace Discrimination
Employment Lawyers Discuss Age Discrimination According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), age discrimination claims have increased since 1997. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recorded 21,396 age discrimination claims in 2013. This is over 5,500 more claims than there were in 1997. Currently, over 20 percent of United States workers are over the age of 55. That is about 33 million people, and this number is set to increase. Why Has Age Discrimination Increased? The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 was weakened in 2009, according to advocates, when a ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court made it harder to prove age discrimination. A survey by AARP, involving 1,502 older adults, shows that about 64 percent of the participants have seen or experienced age discrimination at work. Most adults (92 percent) believe that age discrimination is common. Is Age Discrimination the Most Common Form…
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Making Sure Your California Farm Follows All Labor Laws
A 17-year-old girl from Mexico was working in the fields in a farm east of Stockton when temperatures rose to record numbers. It was 95 degrees Fahrenheit and water was not anywhere in site. The nearest cooler was as far as a ten-minute walk from her station where she was tying grape vines. Breaks were limited and a supervisor would not allow breaks long enough for the 17-year-old girl to go to get a drink. She worked diligently until her body could not take it anymore and she collapsed from heat exhaustion. By the time she reached the hospital, her body was at 108 degrees Fahrenheit and she was in a coma. Two days later, the girl died, and the medical personnel discovered that she was pregnant with her fiancé’s child. The company who owned the farm was accused of delaying treatment. Even though stringent heat and labor laws have…
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Can Unhappy Customers File a Class Action Suit?
California Attorneys Explain Class Action Law In October of this year, KnCMiner, a bitcoin mining firm, found itself facing a potential class action lawsuit. Growing dissatisfaction is leading to an investigation into the company’s actions to see if a breach of contract or any sort of misrepresentation may exist. If so, the million-dollar company could end up in court. Common complaints have included late shipments and defective products. Similarly, the Federal Trade Commission, with the help of about 300 customer complaints, shut down the bitcoin company Butterfly Labs. The criticisms against this bitcoin company are roughly the same as the complaints against KnCMiner. This begs this question: Is dissatisfaction enough reason for a class action lawsuit? KnCMiner believes there is no legal ground. Yet, many unsatisfied customers claim they received hardware that does not work properly and that they did not get their refunds back when they demanded a refund….
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What Should I Do If My Employer’s Practices Appear Illegal?
While in a perfect world all employers would be honest, law-abiding and non-discriminatory, we do not live in a perfect world. Employees face issues like racism, sexual harassment and dangerous working conditions every day. So what’s an employee to do when they believe an employer’s actions or practices may be illegal? The simple answer: take action. State and federal laws protect employees from discrimination, harassment, retaliation and unsafe working conditions. If your employer is violating your rights or putting your well-being at risk, an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney can help. Discriminatory Practices And Harassment Employers cannot discriminate against employees or applicants based on any legally protected characteristics, such as race, nationality, age, gender, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation or pregnancy. Workplace discrimination might include being treated differently than other employees by a supervisor and/or being forced to endure a hostile work environment where harassment in the form of offensive…
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