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Boeing may face age discrimination charges

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 was set forth in order to prevent workers who are 40 years or older to be the targets of employment discrimination because of their age. This applies not only during the hiring process, but also after the employee is hired in Los Angeles, California.

Many people believe that Boeing is guilty of age discrimination after the company recently announced plans to replace almost 1,000 engineering positions in the Seattle-area with positions in Southern California. Those who currently hold the positions in Seattle were told that they were being laid off, but would be welcome to apply for their jobs in California, although they would not be guaranteed a job.

Minors may be at particular risk for workplace sexual harassment

Nobody should have to put up with sexual harassment in the workplace, especially minors. Yet young men and women can be particularly vulnerable to it and may not even realize that what is happening is not okay.

Many young workers may not know that they are protected by labor rights and that they do not have to put up with sexual harassment at work. This is the case for one young man who worked in an entertainment venue. One night an older female coworker backed him into a corner and tried to force him to kiss her while she groped him. He said that although he felt “creeped out” by the experience, he did not know how to handle it and did not report it.

Man fired after taking time off work to be with dying wife

The California Family Rights Act and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) were established in order to allow employees to take up to 12 weeks off work with or without pay for a variety of family-related reasons. These include a serious health condition in the employee or having a close family member with a serious health condition who requires the employee to care of them. The birth, adoption or fostering of a child can also be valid reasons for employees to take time off work without having to worry about losing their job.

A 39-year-old man who took time off work to take care for his dying wife was fired from his job as a night cook last December. His 38-year-old wife suddenly became ill on December 15 and was taken to the hospital where she suffered a stroke. The man was told by doctors that his wife was paralyzed and nearly brain-dead.

Former EMT awarded wrongful termination settlement

In the state of California, employers are typically obligated to treat their employees fairly and with good faith. The definition of bad faith is to treat someone with deception. For example, an employer acts in bad faith if he fires an employee for no other reason but to avoid giving him a bonus or raise that he has earned.

A 32-year-old former part-time emergency medical technician claims that her employers acted in bad faith when they fired her in March 2012. She also said that other employees wrote memos and emails that were defamatory and libelous.

Man wrongly terminated from job awarded $1.3 million

Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act in California (FEHA), it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who participates in a protected activity. This includes an employee who complains about an employer engaging in practices forbidden by the FEHA.

A former San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) employee filed a lawsuit against the company after he says he was fired for filing a complaint. SDG&E released a statement saying that their decision to let the man go was based on his behavior that violated company policies. They said that as part of their investigation, they interviewed forty employees who reported that the man acted inappropriately in his role as supervisor with the company.

Man wins sexual harassment case against female boss

When the issue of sexual harassment in the Los Angeles workplace comes up, we tend to think of men being the instigators and women as the victims. However, a growing number of men are stepping forward to speak out against their female coworkers and bosses who subject them to sexual harassment on the job.
One of these men worked as a deputy constable in Texas. He claims that the female constable acted inappropriately toward him on numerous occasions and would subject him to unwanted sexual advances. When he tried to get video evidence of the harassment, he became the subject of an investigation by the district attorney’s office, but was never charged. He resigned from his position in 2011 and now works for another police department.

Man wins disability discrimination case against employer

Disability discrimination can be defined as treating a person differently or unfairly because of his or her disability. Like a majority of states across the country, it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on his or her disability in California. There are laws governing discrimination in many different situations including public services, business, education and employment.

A former assistant officer manager for a hotel in New York claims that he was unfairly discriminated against because of his health condition. The man was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. Because his condition required him to take a medication that made him drowsy, he asked that he not work the night shift. Although the man gave his supervisor a doctor’s note, she would not honor his request and even told him he should quit.

Man with HIV filed suit over disability discrimination

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers in California are expected to provide disabled workers with reasonable accommodations, as long as these alterations do not cause an employer to experience an undue difficulty. Altering a person’s work schedule is generally considered to be one example of plausible job modifications, and an employer’s failure to do so may constitute disability discrimination.

A jury awarded a 50-year-old New York man with $347,500 for punitive damages $185,000 for compensatory damages. The award comes three years after the man was discharged by a timeshare and boutique hotel. He was apparently terminated after a complaint from an unknown source was brought against him. According to his lawsuit, the man had been given a harsh evaluation that contained prevarications.

City of Los Angeles, councilman sued over sexual harassment

Instances of harassment caused by an employer are unlawful, and they can often contribute to a hostile working environment. In addition to sexual innuendo and the presence of sexually explicit materials in the workplace, actions such as conditioning employment benefits on the basis of sexual favors may be considered sexual harassment as well.

The former staffer of a Los Angeles city councilman claims that her work benefits were connected to her sexual involvement with the city councilman, and she is suing both him and the city of Los Angeles. The city councilman in question is married and fathers four children, and is apparently seeking another term. His attorney withheld from commenting.

Woman that utilized FMLA files lawsuit against former employer

Though employees in California may sometimes require a leave from work in order to recover from medical conditions or procedures, employers sometimes subject workers to adverse actions because of their absence. In some cases, employers discriminate against workers that utilize the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by discharging them from the workplace.

A suit claims that a restaurant chain fired a general manager because she had a temporary disability. The former manager had taken a medical leave after having had neck surgery. Certain reasons that were given for her discharge allegedly involved matters that transpired during her medical leave or exceeded the extent of her employment, and the woman was not given a warning that her job was in danger. The woman alleges that her termination violates the ADA.

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