Month: November 2017

Is Workplace Retaliation Common in California?

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According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), workplace retaliation is one of the most common charges filed with the agency. In 2016, of the nearly 100,000 claims the EEOC received, over 45 percent were related to workplace retaliation. California took a spot among the top three states with the highest number of claims related … Continue reading

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These Employment Cases Could End Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Is it illegal to discriminate against employees for their sexual orientation in the United States? Different Circuits; Different Rulings The question of sexual orientation discrimination has been answered different ways by different circuit courts. On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination, the first appellate … Continue reading

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The EEOC Has a New System for Reporting Discrimination

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As of November 1, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched a new system for filing and tracking workplace discrimination charges. The system grants individuals a convenient way to file charges online. The system, the EEOC Public Portal, allows those who are considering filing a sexual harassment, glass ceiling/promotion discrimination case or other … Continue reading

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Can an NDA Prevent Me from Suing for Sexual Harassment at Work?

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Does signing a non-disclosure agreement prevent you from filing a sexual harassment claim against your employer? Questions regarding employee rights relating to sexual harassment have been a big news item ever since a cascade of sexual assault allegations began with those against film executive Harvey Weinstein. That scandal continues to simmer, with other Hollywood giants … Continue reading

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What Questions Are Employers Prohibited from Asking during Interviews?

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What questions are employers allowed to ask during an interview? According to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), employers are prohibited from inquiring about a variety of subjects. But despite this, according to CareerBuilder, 20 percent of hiring managers have asked off-limits questions during job interviews.  Here is a short list … Continue reading

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