A California company that specializes in testing services for expecting women is being sued by a former employee for alleged pregnancy discrimination. The plaintiff in the case claims she was wrongfully fired for becoming pregnant.
Despite greater public attention to corporate diversity, California workers continue to face discrimination on the job. In 1967, Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, protecting workers over the age of 40 from being denied jobs, promotions and opportunities due to their ages. However, while the law has been in effect for over 50 years, age discrimination continues to rear its head in the workplace and often goes unreported.
Workers in California who are not hired for a position because of too many years of experience might be able to file an age discrimination claim. One man did so after applying for a job he had previously held as a temp. The company said that although the man met the criteria for the job, someone with years of experience might be inflexible. The man is in his 60s, and the job went to a 36-year-old.
Two women recently filed cases against AT&T Mobility alleging pregnancy discrimination. The women asserted that their termination was a result of discrimination, stating that the company's attendance policy discriminates against pregnant women. Large employers in California and throughout the U.S. could be affected by the outcome of this case.
The U.S. Census Bureau says that 54 million Americans have a disability. Those in California who are disabled may have to contend with an issue called ableism. This is defined as discrimination that favors those who do not have a disability. Of those between the ages of 16 and 64 who are disabled, there is a 70 percent unemployment rate, and those who can find work report difficulty doing so.
Activists in California and across the United States observed Equal Pay Day on April 10 with a sad reminder about what still needs to be done in regard to the gender pay gap in the American workplace. According to the most recent estimates published by the Institute of Women's Policy Research, an organization that has been researching income disparity since 1987, female workers in the U.S. earn just a little over 80 cents per every dollar earned by their male counterparts.
Older workers in California might recognize some of the tactics that IBM has allegedly used to shift people over age 40 off its payroll. An investigation by ProPublica and Mother Jones discovered that an estimated 60 percent of the U.S. workers cut by IBM in the previous five years were over 40.
California employers and others cannot discriminate against a worker because he or she is transgender. That was the ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving a woman who revealed to her boss that she was beginning her transition. The funeral home where she worked terminated her, citing the company owner's religious beliefs. However, the court ruled that Title VII protected transgender workers from discrimination.
California-based Google has been hit with several accusations of discrimination in hiring that have led to lawsuits. The latest one to be announced alleges that the company avoids hiring white and Asian men in favor of female, black or Hispanic job applicants. The complaint was made in a lawsuit filed by a former Google employee on Jan. 29.