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Southern California Principal Files Gender Discrimination Suit After Being Demoted for Pregnancy

California Principal Files Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Claiming Demotion Due to Pregnancy
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A woman has filed a sex and gender discrimination lawsuit against a Southern California school district claiming that she was demoted after announcing her pregnancy.

Christine Castillo was just a few weeks into her new position and “dream job” as the principal of the La Cañada Elementary School when she announced that she was expecting a child.

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5 Common Signs of Gender Bias in the Workplace

Gender Bias at Work Common Signs and Examples
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Gender bias in the workplace is a hot issue, and for good reason. When gender discrimination and harassment occurs at work, employees suffer greatly from its negative effects. Not only can gender bias result in lost productivity, unequal wages, and hostile work environments, companies may suffer from bad reputations when employment lawsuits are brought by affected workers.

The following signs of gender bias in the workplace will help you recognize when it may be appropriate to speak up to your employer about sex and gender discrimination or seek help from an experienced employment attorney.

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What Rights Do Transgender Employees Have in the California Workplace?

Transgender Employee Rights Laws in the California Workplace
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Transgender issues have taken the country by storm this year. Individual states have vastly different positions on transgender issues, including the rights that transgender employees have in the workplace.

At present, there are no federal laws that protect transgender employees from workplace discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, so it is up to the individual states to provide transgender employees with legal protections concerning harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Fortunately, California has some of the strongest transgender rights laws in the nation.

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California Restaurants Launch First Transgender Jobs Program

California Restaurants Launch Transgender Jobs Program
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Transgender people face some big challenges when it comes to harassment and discrimination on both personal and professional levels. And the negative impact stemming from violence and prejudiced actions on these individuals can have damaging, life-long effects.

To stand up to transgender discrimination in the workplace, some restaurant owners in California have decided to form a transgender jobs program that connects restaurants with transgender people who are looking for work.

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7 Key Gender Pay Gap Statistics – Infographic

Gender Pay Gap Statistics

CLICK HERE for the gender pay gap statistics infographic.

In 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, yet women still earn significantly less than men while performing the same or substantially similar work. And despite California having some of the toughest equal pay laws in the entire nation, female workers in the Golden State still earn less than their male counterparts.

Our latest infographic includes seven important and unfortunate statistics on the ongoing gender pay gap problem in the United States.

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New DOL Guidelines Update Sex and Gender Discrimination Rules for Federal Contractors

New DOL Rules on Sex and Gender Discrimination for Federal Contractors
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As of June 21 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a division of the United States Department of Labor, has new gender discrimination guidelines. The laws apply to businesses who seek to win or renew contracts to provide goods or services to the U.S. federal government.

This is the first time the OFCCP has updated its gender discrimination guidelines in over forty years.

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Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: 6 Harmful Effects

Gender Discrimination in the Workplace - Harmful Effects
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Discrimination on the basis of gender is a widespread issue in American workplaces. And too often, employers focus on only one kind of harm that discrimination can cause to an organization: legal liability.

But every aspect of a firm’s effectiveness can be hurt by discrimination. And employees can suffer from devastating effects of gender discrimination long after they are subjected to it at work.Here are just a few of the harmful effects that workplace gender discrimination can cause.

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Gender Discrimination in California: Former Baldwin Park Police Chief’s Case Approved for Trial

Ex-Baldwin Park Police Chief Lili Hadsell Sues CityLos Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern recently ruled that ex-Baldwin Park police chief, Lili Hadsell, can bring her workplace discrimination case to trial.

The lawsuit alleges that Hadsell was fired because of her gender.

Judge Stern said that a jury will now decide whether Hadsell was subjected to retaliation, gender discrimination and harassment at work. Stern also claims that while Hadsell’s case is “politically charged,” he was not convinced by defense attorneys that there weren’t triable matters at hand.

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EEOC Releases Transgender Bathroom Access Fact Sheet

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a transgender employee fact sheet on Monday that concludes it’s a civil rights violation to deny transgender workers the right to use gender-identity appropriate bathrooms. This is a step in the right direction in giving transgender individuals the freedom to be themselves without fear of being subjected to workplace discrimination.

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Comparing the California Fair Pay Act and the Equal Pay Act

As of January 1, 2016, California law was amended to include new employee protections under the Fair Pay Act. Under the new law, employees have the right to be paid equally, regardless of gender, for substantially similar work at the same employer. The purpose of the law is to help eliminate the gender pay gap, in which women often are paid significantly less than men for similar work.

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