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February 2018 Archives

Lawsuit aims charges of discrimination and retaliation at UCSF

A vocational nurse employed at the University of California, San Francisco, has chosen to file a lawsuit against her employer, the UC Board of Regents and the university's president. According to the plaintiff, she suffered retaliation after complaining that her supervisor sexually harassed her and discriminated against her because of her religion.

Can I waive my rights against age discrimination?

As the workforce in America continues to evolve, older employees regularly find themselves at a significant disadvantage the workplace. No matter how dedicated and involved a person is in developing business practices and technology, it is always difficult to remain fluent in these changes as a person ages.

Activists link low pay for tipped employees to sexual harassment

Restaurant workers have staged rallies throughout the country calling for fair wages for tipped employees. The president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United said that low wages leave servers vulnerable to sexual harassment from customers and co-workers. The organization wants all states to follow the example of California, where employers must pay a higher wage than the federally mandated $2.13 per hour for people who receive gratuities.

Travel bonuses may not be compensation per the FLSA

Many California employees are entitled to be compensated 150 percent of their normal wages when working overtime hours. Overtime pay is required when a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours in a week. An investigation into a construction company determined that 112 workers were not paid the standard overtime rate for hours worked over 40 in a week. Instead, they were given $3 an hour in per diem pay when working at remote job sites.

Lawsuit filed after company terminated employee

In early February, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Heritage Home Group, LLC. According to the lawsuit, the North Carolina-based corporation terminated a worker after he informed the company that he needed additional disability leave. This could have repercussions for California employees who are disabled.