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Why Are These Firefighters Suing the City of Los Angeles for Discrimination?: Six firefighters employed by the Los Angeles Fire Department have filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit against the city. According to the plaintiffs, they were subjected to harassment because of their African American or Latino ethnicities. The firefighters allege ethnic minorities and women were called names and disrespected by other members of their stations. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim they were called “slugs”, and told they were too lazy and afraid to fight fires. In addition, the firefighters claim they were retaliated against for reporting misconduct and other violations. Time will tell if the allegations against the Los Angeles Fire Department are factual. However, racial and sex discrimination are commonplace across the country. Workers should be aware of the warning signs of such mistreatment, as they may have legal options to hold their employers accountable. Are You Experiencing Discrimination in the Workplace? Workplace discrimination can take several forms. There are three... Read More » The post Why Are These Firefighters Suing the City of Los Angeles for Discrimination? appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2mfHCTe #Discrimination #LosAngeles
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What Are Common Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?: The first warning signs of sexual harassment may not be apparent. Sexual harassment may resemble harmless flirting at first. Over time, what appeared to be flirting can transform into unwanted advances, verbal harassment and stalking. It is important to recognize the warning signs of sexual harassment so you can begin recording evidence. Should you choose to pursue legal options against your employer, this evidence will become invaluable. The following are examples of sexual harassment: Co-workers may target you with sexually suggestive nicknames or comments. This can be verbal or through email or texting. You may experience inappropriate touching (pinching, shoulder rubs, kissing or grabbing). Supervisors may try to offer promotions or other benefits in exchange sexual favors or contact. This is called quid pro quo sexual harassment. In some cases, sexual harassment can progress to stalking after work hours. How Can You Collect Evidence of Sexual Harassment? If you are... Read More » The post What Are Common Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace? appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2kyPqhJ #Harassment #WorkersRights
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Discrimination Against Workers with Disabilities Hits Record Levels: Officials with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim instances of disability discrimination complaints have skyrocketed. According to the EEOC, there were 28,073 complaints of discrimination against workers with disabilities in 2016. Prior reports released by the EEOC suggest many of these complaints involved discrimination directed at workers with mental illnesses. The EEOC recently published a new document explaining rights workers with disabling mental health conditions have under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employers may forget, or not realize, that mental health conditions are considered a disability if they substantially limit workers in one or more life activities. Workers with disabilities have federal and state workplace protections that protect them from discrimination. How Are Workers with Disabilities Being Targeted by Discrimination? Workers with disabilities may experience discrimination in several ways. In all cases, these workers are treated differently than their peers. The following three examples can provide more perspective. Employers... Read More » The post Discrimination Against Workers with Disabilities Hits Record Levels appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2lI6HpT #Discrimination #DisabilityRights
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Starbucks to Expands Its Paid Maternity Leave Policies: Good news if you’re an expectant mother and work for Starbucks. The national coffee chain is expanding its paid maternity leave policies for birth mothers. Starbucks’ new policies, which go into effect on October 1st, 2017, will allow birth mothers working as store partners and non-store partners to take leave at 100 percent of their wages. Non-store partners, such as district managers, field partners and employees working at Starbucks’ corporate offices can take up to 18 weeks of paid leave. Store partners, such as baristas, can take up to six weeks of paid leave. Prior to these changes, Starbucks offered six weeks of paid leave for birth mothers, but only at 67 percent of pay. Why Are Businesses Offering Generous Paid Maternity Leave Policies? While federal law does not require employers to provide paid maternity or paternity leave, many businesses are filling in the gap. Businesses across the country, and... Read More » The post Starbucks to Expands Its Paid Maternity Leave Policies appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2lpbzjA #WageHourDisputes #Starbucks
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The Explosive Allegations Behind Snapchat’s Embarrassing Wrongful Termination Lawsuit: A wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., by a former employee contains damaging allegations involving the company. The lawsuit accuses the company of wrongful termination and blackballing the former employee by damaging his reputation. Before being fired, the former employee was in charge of Snapchat’s growth and user engagement team. He alleges Snap fired him after he raised concerns that the company had misled investors with false growth data to raise the price of its IPO (initial public offering). He also claims Snap hired him away from Facebook to steal its confidential proprietary information. The lawsuit could not come at a worse time for Snap, as it gears up to launch an IPO that could value the company at $25 billion. What Whistleblower Protections Do California Workers Have? It is impossible to know at the moment whether the allegations against Snap Inc. are true. However, workers... Read More » The post The Explosive Allegations Behind Snapchat’s Embarrassing Wrongful Termination Lawsuit appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2lgF334 #WrongfulTermination #SiliconValley

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5 Major Warning Signs You Are a Victim of Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination: Women across the country face workplace discrimination after becoming pregnant. At a time when women are starting or adding to their families, they face the possibility of having their careers put on hold or destroyed. Employers guilty of workplace pregnancy discrimination rely on several tactics to justify firing, demoting, and mistreating pregnant workers. It is important to recognize the warning signs of pregnancy discrimination so you can take action and protect yourself. Poor performance reviews: The first thing employers may do is look for justification to demote, mistreat, or fire pregnant workers. Poor performance reviews are a common way they accomplish these goals. A study published by Southwestern University and Ohio State University claims poor performance reviews account for 30 percent of pregnancy discrimination terminations. Demotions: Many workers who experience pregnancy discrimination are demoted. They may be moved to lower positions shortly after becoming pregnant. This is often an attempt... Read More » The post 5 Major Warning Signs You Are a Victim of Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2jZ2JLy #Discrimination #Pregnancy
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Can Taking Parental Leave Improve Your Mental Health?: Researchers with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a journal article that claimed taking paid maternity leave can improve the long-term mental health of women. If you were looking for a rationale to practice your maternity leave rights in California, this is a great reason. Data gathered from the study suggests women who do not take paid maternity leave are at higher risk for depression as they get older. The study claims women who took maternity leave with full wages were 16.2 percent less likely to eventually succumb to depression. Other studies have come to similar conclusions. Researchers at Duke University discovered women who return to work prior to six months after having children are more likely to develop postpartum depression. Perhaps even more important, taking maternity leave has positive overall health implications for children. According to an analysis of 20 studies conducted by CNN, paid parental... Read More » The post Can Taking Parental Leave Improve Your Mental Health? appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2jLXuyy #EmploymentLaw #LosAngeles
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Can This New California Law Protect Workers with Disabilities?: California recently enacted a law that may help protect workers with severe disabilities employed by rehabilitation centers or sheltered workshops. Assembly Bill 488 (AB 488) will extend workplace protections in the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to these disabled workers. The workshops, rehabilitation centers and day programs mentioned in the bill have special licenses that allow them to pay less than minimum wage. In 1938, Congress instituted the 14c exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This allowed employers to receive certificates from the Department of Labor that would allow them to pay significantly disabled workers less than minimum wage. These workshops provide specialized employment and job training for significantly disabled workers. Workers employed by these institutions and workshops suffer a range of physical and mental disabilities. These disabilities include cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism. However, these workers did not have the same FEHA protections against... Read More » The post Can This New California Law Protect Workers with Disabilities? appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2ku38me #Discrimination #DisabilityRights
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Are Businesses Using Prepaid Debit Cards to Commit Wage Theft?: Several businesses have been accused of using prepaid debit cards with hidden fees to pay workers. These cards incur fees when they are used and for monthly maintenance. Fees from using the cards can drop wages to below the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. In addition, the cards cannot be used everywhere like most debit or credit cards. Using the cards may violate minimum wage laws in California. The fast-food chain Hardee’s was fined for paying workers less than minimum wage for using prepaid debit cards. After an investigation by the Labor Department, Hardee’s was ordered to pay $2,071 to an undisclosed number of workers. Hardee’s is not the only business accused of using prepaid debit cards with hidden fees. A Dave & Buster’s employee recently filed a lawsuit against the company over its use of prepaid debit cards. According to the woman, fees from using the cards dropped... Read More » The post Are Businesses Using Prepaid Debit Cards to Commit Wage Theft? appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2iXbOpf #WageHourDisputes #LosAngeles
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Can This New Law Prevent Age Discrimination in Hollywood?: In 2016, California lawmakers passed and signed AB1687, a law that seeks to prevent age discrimination in the entertainment industry. AB1687 went into effect on January 1st. It specifically targets how information on the ages of performers is displayed on subscription-based entertainment websites like the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Executives in the entertainment industry use websites like IMDb for casting or hiring decisions. There are concerns these executives use this biographical information to filter out qualified, but older candidates. According to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the law would help prevent age discrimination during the casting and hiring process. Thanks to the legislation, entertainers can request for their age information to be removed from these websites, or never posted in the first place. IMDb and other opponents to the law claim it limits freedom of speech. According to opponents, the law is unconstitutional because it limits companies like IMDB from... Read More » The post Can This New Law Prevent Age Discrimination in Hollywood? appeared first on Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://bit.ly/2k12SLq #Discrimination #Hollywood
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