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Ex-Beverly Hills employee alleges wrongful termination

A 66-year-old Southern California woman has sued the city of Beverly Hills, contending she didn't receive a promotion because of her age and that hostility from a supervisor forced her to quit her job.

The woman has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and she alleges wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation and failure to prevent discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation.

UCLA releases discrimination in higher education survey

Our college institutions carry a significant burden in educating the next generation. That responsibility is stressful enough for faculty members without fearing discrimination because of age, gender, race or sexual orientation. Yet, this is a reality university faculty deal with on a regular basis.

A new survey from UCLA of higher education STEM faculty revealed that concerns over workplace discrimination are commonplace in our universities.

What is workplace religious harassment or discrimination?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects applicants and employees both from being discriminated against in the workplace for their religious beliefs or practices. The act covers individuals married to or in close affiliation with those who practice traditional, organized religions and who have other moral, ethical or religious beliefs as well.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws make it illegal for any employer to discriminate against an applicant or employee during the hiring, job assignment, training or firing process. Employers can't allow a worker's religion to affect how much pay or fringe benefits that they offer them either. They also can't allow it to affect whether they get a promotion.

Independent contractor? You could be missing out on benefits, pay

You have what you think is a great gig as an independent contractor. It pays a decent amount, and you mostly get to work at home and go into the office occasionally to meet with staff members you're collaborating with on a project.

When you go to the office, however, you overhear some of the conversations about how much someone earns and see the postings on the bulletin board. There's a picnic for employees and families. There are passes to Disneyland and the Dodgers available at a discount rate. And don't forget open enrollment for medical insurance.

Actress quits film after controversial creative director is hired

California's Skydance Animation is hard at work on a film that is called "Luck." It's an animated film that has built up a lot of hype. However, they're going to be looking for a new actress after one woman recently quit.

Her reasoning? They hired the man who helped grow Pixar into one of the biggest and most successful animation companies of all time. He then went on to work for Disney, as the two merged. However, before being hired by Skydance, he was forced out at Disney amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Breastfeeding can get you fired from your job

Employers have long been criticized for providing their breastfeeding employees with inadequate time or accommodations to allow them to pump as needed during their work day. A study published just last month shows that the treatment of nursing moms goes far beyond being discriminatory - it also often results in them losing their job.

Nursing Mothers Law Project researchers with the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California's Hastings College of Law published a study last month about how breastfeeding moms are treated in the workplace.

Cook says she was fired for speaking Spanish at work

A California restaurant cook is fighting back after she said she was fired for speaking Spanish on the job.

She has filed a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, contending she was the victim of discrimination. California law largely prohibits an employer from treating employees differently based on their accent or native language.

The early signs of age discrimination at work

Any time you are faced with discrimination and work, it can be hurtful and stressful. When you first face age discrimination on the job, it can come as a shock. You may be thinking you are at your most productive and valuable, however, you are being met with comments or diminishing duties that can leave you perplexed.

Whether it is a stereotype or and ingrained thought process that most people have, often when new technology or processes are introduced into the workplace, many managers believe it is best handled by someone younger. Experience and knowledge of previous work can often be overlooked in cases such as this which can cause frustration. Other times, age discrimination can come down to money. New workers tend to cost less.

Shareholder sues Google over alleged cover-up

Google is facing some serious accusations and even a lawsuit from one of its shareholders. The lawsuit alleges that Google looked into credible accusations of sexual harassment and then concealed it from the public.

Part of the issue is that two executives who left the company were given large severance packages on their way out.

Don't let gender stereotypes guide your career

Gender stereotypes can be very dangerous, especially in the workplace. They can lead to discrimination and unfair treatment. People may not even realize how these myths are guiding the way that they think and influencing people's careers.

For instance, perhaps your boss thinks that men make better leaders than women, which is one of the most common myths. If you're a female worker trying to apply for a promotion to a leadership position, is that going to hold you back? Is it going to mean that the promotion goes to someone else when you are clearly the best candidate for the job?

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