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National origin discrimination and the EEOC

One of the most seemingly straightforward types of discrimination that employees might face in California or other parts of the country is discrimination based on their national origin. As a proposed guidance issued in early June 2016 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission demonstrates, national origin discrimination may include far more types of actions than the workers and employers may understand, however.

Lowe's to pay $8.6 million to settle EEOC lawsuit

Lowe's is a popular destination for California residents who like to tackle home maintenance and improvement jobs themselves. The North Carolina-based company has become one of the nation's most prominent retailers, but it has run into trouble with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its treatment of workers with disabilities.

California city settles age discrimination suit with EEOC

Milpitas, California, has settled a lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $140,000 on a claim of age bias. The settlement came after the EEOC filed a lawsuit against the city in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

EEOC says sexual orientation discrimination is illegal

LGBT workers in California may be pleased to learn that the EEOC has filed two discrimination lawsuit that argued that sexual orientation discrimination is already prohibited under federal law. This follows a decision that was made by the EEOC in July 2015 that stated that discrimination against sexual orientation was illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Retaliation the top work discrimination claim of 2015

Workplace discrimination is a pervasive problem in California and around the country. A report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that retaliation was the top discrimination charge made against U.S. employers in fiscal 2015, with reported cases jumping nearly 5 percent. Disability charges increased by 6 percent, making it the third-largest category of charges filed.

Workplace discrimination under ERISA

Workplace discrimination in California can take many different forms. Employees can sometimes face unlawful discrimination because of their race, religion, sex, age or disability, to name a few examples. One form of workplace discrimination that is often overlooked by both employees and employers is discrimination under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Work discrimination in California

Despite years of effort to end prohibited discrimination in the workplace, discrimination based on race and gender continues to be a problem in California and around the country. A major issue is that such discrimination may be covert and difficult to prove, despite the fact that it is so prevalent.

Responding to disability discrimination

In California and around the country, there is a growing concern for the discrimination faced by job applicants with mental and physical disabilities. This workplace discrimination is the reason that the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is twice as high as the unemployment rate among people without disabilities.

Baby boomers experiencing workplace age discrimination

Many Californians from the baby boomer generation are still working or looking for work. Although employment discrimination against people aged 40 and older is unlawful, the majority of older workers say that they notice their peers being discriminated against. A 2013 survey by AARP revealed that two-thirds of older workers have either witnessed or experienced age discrimination.

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