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Woman sues employer for persistent age discrimination

A California woman's long career at the Beverly Hills Department of Recreation and Parks came to a humiliating end according to her lawsuit. The 66-year-old had worked for the city since 1979 and earned a series of promotions until 2017 when she applied to be department director. This action proved to be a turning point that resulted in dwindling duties, reassignment ,and eventual job loss. Her court filings describe ongoing hostility at work that created a humiliating environment for her.

Gender pay gap still a problem in tech

Women workers at large and small tech companies in California and across the country continue to face serious concerns about pay discrimination. According to research, over 50 percent of women who work in the industry are paid less on average than their male co-workers. One recruitment firm reported that women may be offered lower salaries than men at 60 percent of the jobs on offer in the industry. The same survey of 2,600 tech workers reported pay differentials at 63 percent of jobs one year earlier.

Diverse TV writers experience workplace discrimination

Californians might believe that the entertainment industry is less likely to discriminate against workers based on their protected characteristics. However, a study reveals that workplace discrimination against diverse television workers is a pervasive problem.

Federal lawsuit addresses discrimination in tech

A California tech company is facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Labor. According to the complaint, discrimination caused black, Asian and female employees at Oracle to lose $400 million in wages over four years. The federal department began investigating the company in 2014 and initially filed its claim in 2017. It says that the software company used two primary mechanisms that enforced discriminatory practices in the workplace. In the first place, it based the pay of workers newly hired on their previous salaries rather than market rates, skills or achievement. This then limited their ability to increase their salaries throughout their careers.

Nursing mothers face discrimination on the job

Breastfeeding discrimination can have severe health and financial consequences for nursing mothers in California and across the country. One recent study indicates that up to 66 percent of nursing mothers who faced discrimination in the workplace lost their jobs as a result. The health consequences were also often significant, causing serious infections, ongoing pain, lost milk supply and earlier weaning or formula feeding as a result of the workplace environment. Despite legislation designed to provide protection for nursing mothers on the job, many women continue to face a lack of accommodation and other forms of discrimination for breastfeeding at work.

Age discrimination negatively impacts older workers

As medical advances are causing people in California and around the world to live longer, society must find ways to financially support a large segment of the population that is steadily increasing in numbers. While one way for older individuals to support themselves is to continue to work later in life, many individuals begin claiming Social Security benefits at the age of 62.

Former Blizzard employee speaks out

For many developers in California and throughout the country, working for a company like Blizzard would seem like a dream come true. However, some Blizzard employees have stepped forward claiming that working there is more like a nightmare. One worker claimed that colleagues considered him to be sexist or a chauvinist simply because he was a male with Mexican heritage. He claimed that the jokes got worse over time and led to depression and thoughts of taking his own life.

ADA protects workers from discrimination over mental health

Workers in California who have mental health difficulties could gain protection from workplace discrimination under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mental illnesses, such as PTSD, anxiety or depression, could develop in almost any person at some point. The death of a loved one, divorce or trauma resulting from military service often impact people's mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 18.5 percent of adults cope with mental illness every year.

More than a third of employees experience workplace harassment

According to a new study, 35 percent of employees in California and across the U.S. have experienced some form of workplace harassment. Of those who have experienced harassment, approximately 50 percent report that the discrimination was linked to their gender. The study was conducted by Hiscox, a specialty insurer.

ACLU says Facebook uses gender discrimination in job ads

Facebook has become a mainstream source for information for many people in California. The popular social media platform attracts many job advertisers, and the American Civil Liberties Union has criticized the social network's ad targeting system that allowed companies to prevent women from seeing ads for open positions. The ACLU has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of three woman and their union.

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