Since California is a center for the tech industry, a number of the workers from South Asia who come to the country on skilled worker visas may be located there. Some of those workers may have been among those who responded to a survey by the South Asian American human rights startup Equality Labs about workers from that region and caste discrimination in the United States.
Working parents in California are not alone in their concerns about how their pregnancy and parenthood will be treated by their employers on the job. Even U.S. senators may have reason to share in these concerns as has come to light following the pregnancy of Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first senator to deliver a child while in office. She may be prevented from participating in deliberation and voting during her parental leave as senators must be physically present in order to vote and children are barred from the floor of the Senate, unlike many other national parliaments.
Workers in California and around the country who are 40 or older are protected by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. However, a report from ProPublica and Mother Jones suggests that IBM has taken many different steps to reduce the number of workers it has in that age range. This has been done by asking some to retire early or to move thousands of miles to keep their jobs.
Workers throughout California and the rest of the country are supposed to be protected from disparate treatment in the workplace. However, even the nation's top companies sometimes fail their employees. According to a report from Reuters, there were 238 sexual harassment or gender disparity complaints made by female Microsoft employees between 2010 and 2016. This was revealed as details from a 2015 lawsuit against the company were recently made public. It claims that female workers were passed over for promotions or other opportunities.
A former Google employee has filed a lawsuit against the California-based company for discrimination. According to the complaint, YouTube, which is owned by Google, pressured recruiters to exclude white men and Asian men when hiring as a way to increase the company's diversity.
Sexual harassment has become a hot-button issue in California after allegations were made against several prominent figures in the entertainment industry, and research shows that this kind of behavior is also worryingly common in workplaces around the world. Four out of five of the 856 male and female managers in United Kingdom comanies polled by the Chartered Management Institute said that they had either been the victim of or witnessed some form of sexual discrimination or harassment while at work.
Vice Media is facing a lawsuit alleging that it violated equal pay laws in California by paying women employees less than men. The lawsuit, which was filed on Feb. 13, says that the Federal Equal Pay Act and equal pay laws in New York were also violated.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers in California and the rest of the country from discriminating against job applicants who have reached the age of 40. However, the results of an investigation conducted by ProPublica and the New York Times indicates that some of the nation's largest corporations are using social media to skirt the landmark 1967 law. According to the study, companies including Amazon, Target, Verizon and Goldman Sachs use the demographic filters offered by ad platforms from Facebook and Google to ensure that older job seekers are unable to view their help wanted advertising.
Many California residents believe that hard work and education are the keys to success. While this may be part of the equation, societal tendencies may also play a role in whether an individual has success as a professional. Research has shown that black and Latino individuals have faced bias when it comes to being hired by companies. A study that included researchers from Harvard and Northwestern found that hiring discrimination against black workers hasn't changed in 25 years.
The lawsuit against the employer of a skydiving instructor should pique the interest of people in California concerned about workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. According to court filings, the employer stands accused of firing the man because of his sexual orientation. The case has gained national attention now that the Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief insisting that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect people from discrimination because of sexual orientation.