California football fans might be interested in learning that a former cheerleader of the Miami Dolphins has filed a lawsuit against the franchise. The plaintiff is alleging that the team and the NFL discriminated against her because of her gender and her religion.
According to a recent ProPublica report, IBM has engaged in widespread age discrimination for several years. Some former employees in California might be among those who the report alleges were pushed out of the company for being too old. IBM allegedly used various methods, including forcing employees to choose between relocating or leaving their jobs.
A 2016 study conducted by an EEOC task force found that only 6 to 13 percent of those who are harassed at work file a complaint. Harassment based on gender was unlikely to be reported while just 8 percent of incidents involving unwanted touching were reported. Most victims in California and elsewhere failed to report harassment out of fear that nothing would happen after a claim was filed.
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.
As a general rule, employers in California and around the country may not refuse to hire people based solely on their disability. Volvo Group North America is paying $70,000 to settle a case involving an employee who was hired to work at a facility in Maryland. The lawsuit was filed by the EEOC after pre-trial negotiations proved to be fruitless.
California-based Google has faced several claims that it pays women less than men who are in similar positions. On Jan. 3, a lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court by a woman who used to work at Google's child care facility as a preschool teacher. The complaint was added to a class action suit that was filed against the company in September 2017 that also includes those who have worked in sales and engineering positions.
Those looking for work in California and throughout the country may not necessarily see job ads from major companies such as Google or Facebook on social media. According to an investigation from ProPublica and the New York Times, job ads on social media sites are being skewed toward younger audiences. For instance, HubSpot had an ad on Facebook that specifically targeted those between the ages of 27 and 40.
A transgender woman claims that she was the target of disparaging remarks before being fired from a Sam's Club store in North Carolina. She says this occurred after she had complained repeatedly about harassment. The plaintiff, who has filed a federal lawsuit, says that she began working at the suburban Charlotte Sam's Club in 2004 before she transitioned to being a woman. She was promoted to supervisor during this time. She says when she started wearing makeup, the harassment began.
Some female employees in California may be among the 42 percent who reported facing gender discrimination on the job in a Pew Research Center survey. Conducted in the summer of 2017, the study identified a number of different types of gender discrimination and asked almost 5,000 people about their ideas on and experiences of gender discrimination.
Workplace discrimination based on the protected status of workers is illegal in California under state and federal law. There have been questions about whether the prohibition against sex-based discrimination covers discrimination against workers based on their sexual orientation.