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Information about California workplace discrimination, harassment and overtime claims from our Los Angeles employment attorney.

Will the #GoogleWalkout Change How Tech Companies Handle Harassment Claims?

In October 2018, The New York Times broke news that angered many people in the tech industry. After resigning due to allegations of sexual misconduct, Andy Rubin—co-creator of the Android operating system—was paid a $90 million exit package. Though Google found the accusations to be credible, the company still paid Rubin, and he wasn’t the only misbehaving employee to receive a pay day. How Did the #GoogleWalkout Start? The Times report further outlined how several other Google executives and employees were paid to resign after accusations of misconduct. Google employees were outraged, though not surprised. Rumors of ineffective sexual harassment policies have plagued the company. However, many Google employees kept silent due to forced arbitration agreements and fear of retaliation, until now. On November 1, over 20,000 Google employees walked out of their offices to protest the company’s sexual harassment policies. Dubbed the #GoogleWalkout, the event is being hailed as…
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Three Signs You Are the Victim of Age Discrimination

IBM is one of the largest tech companies in the country. However, former employees are accusing the company of using ageism as a strategy to keep the tech giant on top. A new wave of millennial hires is being utilized to give the company a fresh face. But older employees are being laid off as a consequence, though the law forbids this practice. Could this happen where you work? Here are some things to watch out for if you suspect your employer is discriminating based on age. What Are the Signs of Age Discrimination? Older Workers Are Disappearing – Have you noticed lots of older workers being released from their positions? Are all the new hires really young? IBM would release roles to its employees listing the names of everyone who was laid off and everyone who was hired. This practice ended in 2014, and some believe it was to…
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Changes in California Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws

Our blog two weeks ago discussed how you can spot workplace sexual harassment. However, you should also be aware that California enacted several new laws that can protect workers who are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. The following bills were recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown: SB 1343: Workplace Sexual Harassment Training Gets a Boost This bill expanded workplace sexual harassment education requirements. Under this new law, employers with five or more employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment training to supervisors. In addition, one hour of training must be provided for regular employees. These programs must be provided by January 1, 2020. Training must be provided every two years after the first training sessions are completed. California law used to require training for employers with 50 or more employees. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is responsible for helping disseminate educational materials to employers. SB…
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