Los Angeles Employment And Labor Newsletters

California Bans State Employees from Traveling to 4 States Who Limited LGBT Rights

The California State Attorney General has recently barred employees from state-funded travel to the four states in the US who have passed recent legislation that limits rights to LGBT members. Texas, Alabama, and South Dakota all allow adoption agencies to refuse service to LGBT families. Kentucky is the other state included in the ban, because they are allowing student organizations in schools to block LGBT people from membership. State-funded travel is already not allowed to Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. These laws can be hurtful to the LGBT community, and are viewed as a step backwards in human rights by many. Keep reading to learn about some illegal discrimination practices. Examples of LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Hiring discrimination: Many gay and transgender people experience discrimination in the hiring process. This is illegal, but can be difficult to prove in court. A Los Angeles discrimination attorney can help strengthen…
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Online Harassment In The Workplace

With the advent of computers, cell phones and the internet came new forms of workplace harassment. Nowadays, in addition to racial harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace, employers must worry about online harassment between employees. Online harassment, also known as cyber bullying, refers to harassment via: Emails Instant messages Chat rooms Online discussion forums Blogs Any other internet platform Cyber bullying can also occur via cell phone text messages. If you are being cyber bullied by another employee and your employer refuses to address the issue, you may have a claim against your employer, especially if the online harassment targets your gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, age or disability. Cyber bullying in the workplace can be very stressful and emotionally draining for the victim, even resulting in physical harm if the unnecessary stress begins to affect the victim’s health. If you are being subjected to online harassment that is…
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Can Pregnant Employees Be Required to Take Maternity Leave?

Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Protect Workers’ Rights Most states require that businesses provide maternity pregnancy leave for their expectant employees. The problem is that not all pregnancies are the same, and some major corporations simply have one pregnancy policy that fails to account for individual differences between pregnancies. For example, a Pier 1 Imports employee is currently suing the company for placing her on unpaid maternity leave at the wrong time. The employee informed Pier 1 Imports of her pregnancy and of the doctor’s orders that she only lift objects weighing less than 15 pounds. Pier 1 Imports placed her on light duty for eight weeks, a standard practice for working pregnant women. After her eight weeks of light duty, Pier 1 Imports placed the employee on unpaid maternity leave despite that fact that she was still capable of working. Furthermore, Pier 1 Import’s unpaid maternity leave policy only lasts…
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Whistleblowers On The Construction Site

A whistleblower is a person who comes forward and publicly alleges that an individual, company or organization has defrauded the United States government or a state government. In short, a whistleblower reports fraud. On a construction site, public works fraud makes the rich companies richer and it can put the public and workers at risk. Even when government money is not involved, construction safety issues that go unreported put lives in danger. It is up to the employees to report what they believe are illegal acts by employers. In many cases, whistleblowers are more effective than regulation when it comes to rooting out illegal activity by employers. Construction Site Whistleblowers There are many people on the typical construction site who are in a position to report construction fraud and safety violations, including laborers, safety engineers, resident engineers, foremen, floor people, superintendents, quality control inspectors, business analysts, billing supervisors and accountants,…
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