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Halliburton settles charges of race, national origin bias

12/10/2019
Energy industry supplier Halliburton has agreed to settle charges it discriminated against two workers because of their national origin and religion.

Isolated comments don’t add up to harassment

12/05/2019
A few isolated comments of an arguably sexual nature aren’t enough to support a hostile work environment lawsuit. To make that case, an employee who quits and sues would have to show that a hypothetical reasonable employee would have done the same to escape the hostile environment.

Asylum for immigrant safety whistleblowers?

12/05/2019
Over the years, courts have ruled that undocumented workers who report unsafe working conditions enjoy many of the same protections as whistleblowers who are U.S. citizens. That doesn’t mean retaliation never happens.

Trying to encourage resignation can backfire

12/05/2019
Some supervisors mistakenly believe that it won’t have any consequences if they can convince an employee to quit. That’s not true.

Report: HR, hiring managers need disability training

12/03/2019
A new report on workplace disability inclusion found many HR professionals and hiring managers are ill-prepared to hire, retain or advance individuals with disabilities.

EEOC pending charges at 13-year low

12/03/2019
The EEOC reduced its inventory of pending private-sector charges by 12.1% in fiscal year 2019.

McDonald’s pays $26 million for OT violations

12/03/2019
Sometimes, seemingly insignificant wage-and-hour practices can add up to a huge employer liability—especially if they are contested in a class-action lawsuit.

Witnessing discrimination doesn’t justify lawsuit

12/02/2019
Under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, everyone in the state is entitled to equal rights in all California businesses. Does that mean a bystander to discriminatory conduct has the right to sue? The answer is no.

FEHA retaliation must be tied to legit FEHA claim

12/02/2019
Workers who complain about discrimination that’s illegal under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act are protected from retaliation. Making an initial complaint qualifies as protected activity. But not every complaint is protected.

California law covers vacation pay disputes, not Fair Labor Standards Act

12/02/2019
The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the federal minimum-wage and overtime rules. Contrary to what many workers seem to believe, it does not guarantee additional wage-related benefits such as vacation or sick-time pay. Employees whose employers provide such benefits can’t sue under the FLSA, claiming they weren’t paid as promised.