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New California Law Will Impact Equal Pay

If employers thought equal pay laws were tough in California, they better brace themselves. That is because a new equal pay law this year will make them even tougher. The standard for meeting equal pay was made much harder through a new law that went into effect January 1st of this year. Currently, employers must provide equal pay regardless of gender for "substantially similar work." So why does this make the law harder for employers?

Parental leave policies must not discriminate against fathers

California employers might want to review and perhaps reconsider their leave policies in light of a recent settlement between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Time Warner Inc. Specifically, employers should ensure any parental leave policies in place do not discriminate against natural or adoptive fathers.

Public service providers may discriminate against blacks

California residents may be dismayed to learn that information requests of public services are less likely to be answered if the person who is requesting the information has a "black-sounding" name. Based on research conducted by economists at the University of Southampton and the Institute for the Study of Labor, it appeared that not all individuals were treated equally by service providers.

EEOC rules that gay workers are protected under federal law

On July 16, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an important ruling regarding the civil rights of gay, lesbian and transgender employees in the workplace. The decision could impact the rights of workers in California and across the nation.

Wal-Mart discrimination case can continue

California residents who work for Wal-Mart may be interested to learn that a class action lawsuit originally rejected in 2011 gained new life in 2015. The case, which was previously denied status as a nationwide class action lawsuit by the U.S. Supreme Court, eventually manifested as a number of smaller regional lawsuits.

Genetic information discrimination and California workers

Employees in the state of California and across the country may not be aware that a federal law enacted in 2008 prohibits discrimination based on genetic information. Provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act specify when, where and how an employer may legitimately obtain genetic information, including family medical history, and under what circumstances that information may be used. Title II of GINA, which governs use of genetic information in employment settings, is enforced by the EEOC.

Supreme Court ruling favors Muslim teen in religious discrimination case

In February we wrote a post about the case of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman who, while a teen, was denied employment at the popular West Coast clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. In 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the retailer on Elauf's behalf after the company declined to hire the then 17-year-old because "her head scarf clashed with the company's 'Look Policy'."

Have you been the victim of employment retaliation?

Employees who are the targets of harassing or discriminating acts in the workplace are encouraged to report such acts and file a formal complaint. Once an employer is made aware that harassing and discriminatory acts have occurred, swift measures should be taken to investigate the claims and, if necessary, intervene.

Supreme Court to decide religious discrimination case against California clothier

Orange County residents are likely familiar with the clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. The retailer specializes in selling clothing inspired by the Southern California lifestyle and is among the many clothing companies that rely heavily upon image in their marketing and sales campaigns.

Have you been discriminated against at work?

Acts of workplace discrimination may be explicit or subtle in nature and relate to an employee's race, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. While federal and state laws exist to protect U.S. workers from suffering workplace discrimination, such laws are often violated and disregarded by co-workers, managers and supervisors.

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