Discrimination

Can an employer’s I-9 process be discriminatory?

With few exceptions, employers in the U.S. must complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for all employees they hire. Because hiring unauthorized workers may violate federal law, the I-9 confirms employers have verified the identities and work authorization of all new employees. Unfortunately, when going through the I-9 process, employers sometimes either intentionally or inadvertently …

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State and federal laws prohibit ageist employment discrimination

Many Americans are living longer and participating in the workforce well after the traditional retirement age. However, too many employers continue to discriminate against “older” employees. From denied training opportunities to career change hurdles or even the loss of long-held positions, U.S. employees over the age of 40 often face serious bias. Employees should know that …

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Discrimination, harassment and retaliation settled by Democrats

The California Democratic Party has recently settled lawsuits filed by a leader who used to work in the organization. There were three lawsuits filed, all naming Eric Bauman as an aggressor in incidents involving sexual harassment, unwanted physical contact and other unacceptable situations. The discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits were recently settled, one of which was settled …

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Jury awards millions in discrimination

One’s workplace should be a safe place. It should not be a place where certain aspects of one’s personal life affect how one is treated. Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace is a very real problem in California and elsewhere. A recent case in another state shows just how seriously this issue is taken. According to …

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Disability discrimination is real and illegal

When it comes to employment, there are various protected classes in the United States. Those in these classes cannot be discriminated against, and if they are, they may have legal recourse. This week, this column will specifically address disability discrimination and what California residents who are victims of it can do about it. If an …

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Retaliation may follow complaints of discrimination

Sometimes things do not go smoothly in the workplace. California employees who feel their bosses or other workers are treating them unfairly may file a complaint, either with the bosses, with human resources or with an outside authority, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While some employers may learn from such a complaint …

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Age discrimination may also have elements of sexism

Federal and California laws prohibit discrimination against a number of protected classes during any phase of the employment process. This means an employer may not refuse employment, raises, promotions or other opportunities to someone based on the person’s race, religion, sex, age or other factors. However, in recent years, older Americans are noticing signs that …

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