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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?

Facing discrimination for rejecting romantic advances

There's a good reason that many companies do not want their employees to date. Office romances can lead to some serious complications, and it's often better just to avoid those situations entirely.

For instance, imagine that you're at work when your supervisor starts to take a romantic interest in you. The feeling is not mutual. After a while, that supervisor makes some clear advances, which you politely reject.

Professor alleges wrongful termination after kissing colleague

A professor at University of the Arts was terminated after he apparently kissed a colleague, but he has fired back, suing the school for wrongful termination and claiming that he did not do anything wrong.

The incident allegedly took place back in 2016. He had gone to a photography conference in Las Vegas. While he was there, he met another professor from California, and he apparently kissed her in what he says was a simple greeting.

Does your boss play favorites?

Do you feel like your boss is always playing favorites? Does it put you at a disadvantage because something prevents you from being a part of this private "club?"

In some cases, this can lead to serious issues with discrimination. It depends on what your boss does and how he or she picks favorites.

What does at-will employment mean?

California law states that employers can dismiss any of their employees at any time for any reason. This process is called “at-will” and is a law that has been adopted by many states across the country. What this means is that an employer can fire one of its employees without having to provide a reason for the termination.

Since California is an at-will state, you may wonder if that means employees will never have an opportunity to challenge or pursue legal action if they are ever let go. Even though employers can fire employees without reason, there are still certain situations where an employee can take legal action for wrongful termination.

Humor can cross the line into harassment

Telling jokes may be a big part of your office culture. That's fine. However, many jokes are made at someone else's expense. That's when they can cross the line into harassment.

How do you know if things go too far? It can be hard to tell, as there is no strict definition that applies to all cases. That said, if the jokes tend to target a certain group, such as men, women or minorities, then there is a good chance they're crossing that line.

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