Facebook has been sued by two employees after not responding to their repeated complaints of workplace harassment at a company data center in North Carolina. CNET reports that the race discrimination lawsuit filed on November 22, 2016 in US District Court for the Northern District of California alleges that Facebook allowed retaliation against two black employees who reported discrimination “to fester and continue” despite the workers’ many complaints.
Makalia Aga, a former employee of UC Berkeley who worked as an administrative assistant for the school’s statistics department, recently filed a workplace discrimination and retaliation lawsuit alleging that she was terminated from her role after reporting age discrimination and race discrimination.
According to the suit, Aga had applied for an open Financial Services Analyst II position in the campus’ statistics department, but was denied an interview despite having exceeded the minimum requirements for the role and filing an application on time.
In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Choudhry’s former assistant, Tyann Sorrell, claims that he repeatedly harassed her through unsolicited touches that included hugs, kisses and arm rubs. At a University disciplinary hearing, Mr. Choudhry admitted to most of the allegations, but denied some of the specifics. The University ordered him to forfeit one-tenth of his $415,000 annual salary, apologize to Ms. Sorrell, and seek counseling. Ms. Sorrell subsequently filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that she had been sexually harassed and that UC Berkeley essentially gave Mr. Choudhry “a slap on the wrist” in response. In the wake of that action, Mr. Choudhry resigned as dean but remained a tenured professor of law.
After University President Janet Napolitano sought additional sanctions against Mr. Choudhry, including removing his tenure and not giving him any classes to teach, he filed his own lawsuit. He alleged that white tenured professors accused of sexual harassment faced lesser punishment and that the University could not discipline him again over the same matter.
Mr. Choudhry demands unspecified damages and an injunction against further University disciplinary proceedings.
The California State Senate recently approved SB 1063. The bill, also known as the Wage Equality Act of 2016, will create the strongest equal pay law in the nation.
SB 1063 builds upon the existing gender-based amendments to Labor Code section 1197.5 which were brought on by California’s Fair Pay Act in 2015.
A woman has sued the Getty Foundation alleging she was turned down for its Multicultural Undergraduate Internship because she is white.
Samantha Neimann filed the discrimination lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 29 where she accused the Getty of violating her civil rights, racial discrimination and harassment, plus retaliation. Niemann seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Last October, the California Senate unanimously passed the California Fair Pay Bill — one of the most protective equal pay laws in the country. While this was a giant leap in protecting women facing wage discrimination in California, a recent proposal from a state lawmaker wants to expand the law even further to protect employees from racial discrimination.
In an important step toward upholding civil liberties of Californians, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new racial profiling bill last October that seeks to eradicate racial bias across the state. While many people think we are living in a post-racial era, recent news headlines regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, and EEOC charge statistics show race discrimination is still a major problem. This is why the bill that Gov. Brown signed into law is such a crucial piece to battling race discrimination in California and beyond.
But what are California racial profiling laws, exactly?And can racial profiling occur in the workplace? This article will answer these common questions and more to help you understand your rights.
Are you thinking about suing your employer for race discrimination? While this type of unlawful employer behavior is the most common in the United States according to current EEOC charge statistics, you may want to reassess your situation before contacting an employment attorney. This is because, while race and national origin often overlap, many employees mistake race discrimination for national origin discrimination. And although they may sound the same, California and federal employment laws address each protected class separately. This common mistake is easy to make since your race is usually connected to your national origin. So, how do you know if you’re being subjected to workplace discrimination due to your race, or if it’s related to your national origin?
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Do you think you could be a victim of race discrimination? Sadly, you are not alone. Although workplace discrimination due to your race or ethnicity is unlawful under both California and Federal law, it still happens quite often all across the country. In fact, tens of thousands of race discrimination charges are filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year.
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