A Bay Area educational technology company has been sued for retaliation and gender identity discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has accused San Mateo-based IXL Learning Inc. of violating federal law by firing product analyst, Adrian Scott Duane after he spoke out against the company’s discrimination practices online.
Tesla recently fired a female engineer who sued the auto manufacturer for sexual harassment and gender discrimination last fall. In February, AJ Vandermeyden went public with her claims during an interview with The Guardian. Tesla recently terminated Vandermeyden after conducting an investigation into her allegations, and now the company could face a workplace retaliation lawsuit.
A jury has awarded a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detective $1.5 million after he sued the city for workplace retaliation. The Los Angeles Times reports that LAPD Detective Jamie McBride claimed that he was denied advancement in his career because he refused to sign a false statement that was prepared by a federal prosecutor. McBride has been working for the LAPD since 1990.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its 2016 enforcement and litigation data. During fiscal year 2016, the agency secured more than $482.1 million for workers who were subjected to discrimination in private, state and local government, and federal workplaces.
The agency also released the number of discrimination charges it received by state. Of the 91,503 nationwide charges in 2016, 5,870 of them were filed in California alone.
Fact: you won’t always get along with your coworkers or boss. Occasional friction at work is inevitable for many of us, but there are times when these disagreements can turn hostile — and unlawful. For one, you may find yourself in a position to do what is right by defending a coworker who is facing discrimination. Or, you may need to speak up about illegal activities that are occurring in your workplace. If one day you engage in these, or other protected activities, you could very well become a victim of workplace retaliation by your employer, or even your coworkers.
While practically anyone can get fired at any time for a variety of reasons, there are certain instances where it can be illegal for an employer to terminate an employee. If you have recently been fired or laid off, it is important to understand whether your employer’s reasons for terminating you were legal in the first place. But how do you know when it is appropriate to sue your employer for wrongful termination?
The following article will answer this question and others to help you understand your employee rights under California and federal wrongful termination laws.
With the flu season in full swing, many employers are promoting optional seasonal flu vaccines to ward off the spread of illness in the workplace. But one hospital in Pennsylvania recently learned that its mandatory seasonal flu vaccine requirement for employees violated federal religious discrimination laws. And now, the hospital has been ordered to pay up.
Amidst the array of news reports that Wells Fargo encouraged its employees to open fraudulent and unauthorized accounts on behalf of countless customers, a former Wells Fargo employee recently filed a federal wrongful termination and whistleblower protection lawsuit against the big bank. The employee was allegedly fired for reporting to her supervisors illegal activity she observed while working at a branch of the company located in Windsor in Sonoma County. Her whistleblower actions were prompted after she had observed coworkers engaging in deceptive practices and improper sales and accounting activity. But rather than having her reports taken seriously, she was harassed in the workplace by her supervisors and ultimately fired.
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.
Recently, a bill in the California legislature that would increase the period that the state requires teachers to serve before obtaining tenure failed to attract enough support to become law. Typically, once teachers obtain tenure, it can be difficult to fire them – and it can cost a school district tens of thousands of dollars. This must mean that teaching positions are so hard to take away that educators can rest easy, right?
Not necessarily. California teachers can still get fired. And here are just some of the reasons why they can, and do.