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Starbucks loses class-action lawsuit for unpaid wages

California is a state that employers need to be especially careful in when it comes to paying their workers fairly. The state leads the country in the amount of wage theft lawsuits per year. This is because these managers fail to realize that California’s labor laws have strengthened considerably in the last couple of decades to give employees more freedom when it comes to taking their issues with the company to court.

The popular coffeehouse chain Starbucks is suffering the consequences for their failure to account for California’s labor laws. A recent successful lawsuit from a Los Angeles employee demonstrates that you should not be afraid to pursue legal action against your employer for potential wage theft.

Female writers face harassment in the workplace

There has been a lot of news in recent months about all types of harassment in workplaces throughout the country, but California, as the largest and most populous state and the one where infamous Hollywood stories are cropping up, is seeing more than its fair share of these news reports. A recent report about the Writers Guild is just adding fuel to the fire.

According to the report, a survey of over 2,000 members of the Writers Guild was conducted to examine instances of harassment in the workplace. The report notes that a whopping 64 percent of the female members of the Writers Guild who were surveyed reported experiencing sexual harassment during the course of their careers. On top of that, a reported 11 percent of male writers experienced sexual harassment as well.

Lawsuit: Volkswagen engaging in companywide age discrimination

A 60-year-old former supervisor at a Volkswagen manufacturing facility in Tennessee has filed a collective-action against the automaker. The federal lawsuit claims that Volkswagen AG and two of its U.S. subsidiaries “are engaged in a company-wide policy of age discrimination against employees 50 years and older.” The plaintiff is suing on behalf of himself and other affected employees nationwide.

Volkswagen seeks a ‘younger’ image after Dieselgate

How effective is treatment for opioid addiction?

The scourge of the opioid addiction crisis has left the nation reeling. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 115 people die every day in the U.S. after overdosing on opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl and heroin.

How did the opioid crisis come about?

Study: Over half of women in STEM academics are sexually harassed

If you get a job in a STEM field -- science, technology, engineering or math -- you should be set for life. There is a nationwide push for students to focus on STEM fields because these are some of the fastest growing career fields in the United States. They are also some of the most desirable in terms of pay, benefits and interesting work.

Unfortunately, there appears to be a serious sexual harassment problem in some STEM jobs. According to a recent study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine found that 58 percent of female academics in these fields and up to 25 percent of female students say they have experienced sexual harassment or misconduct. That translates to a rate second only to the rate of sexual harassment and misconduct in the military.

How to choose a safe, effective addiction treatment center

With the opioid addiction epidemic on nearly every doorstep, more people need drug treatment than ever before. How can you make sure you’re choosing a safe rehab clinic that provides effective treatment?

It’s an important question. Choosing a poor quality or fly-by-night treatment facility can be risky. Not only might the treatment be unsuccessful, but you could also be putting yourself or your loved one at risk of neglect, abuse, overdose or even death.

Sexual harassment in education

Educators shouldn’t have to worry about things other than being the best teacher they can be. Unfortunately, teachers sometimes are exposed to improper conduct in the workplace. Such conduct can take many forms, including sexual harassment.

It appears that sexual harassment may be less common in education than in other workplaces. In a recent survey, 91 percent of educators who came into teaching from other fields said that such behavior was more common in those fields than in education.

How the #metoo movement in Hollywood has influenced the workplace

#Metoo. This is a hashtag that many of us recognize. Originated by Tarana Burke, the movement was an effort toward working to build solidarity among young survivors of harassment and assault. Though she started this in 2006, the hashtag came to Hollywood’s attention when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted about the movement.

Burke encourages the focus to be on people of different class and race and gender. It is important to her that the discussion is not seen as too much. She wants to show the world it matters.

MULTIPLE FEMALE STUDENTS SUE USC & CAMPUS GYNECOLOGIST FOR SEXUAL ABUSE

Seven women so far have filed civil lawsuits for student molestation and sexual abuse against the University of Southern California (USC) and its former longtime campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall. According to the complaints of the former students of the university, Dr. Tyndall routinely molested, groped, and assaulted them under the guise of gynecological exams. The complaints also state USC knew of his repeated misbehaviors and harassment, yet did nothing to correct the situation.

REHAB MOGUL CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY EXPLOITING PATIENTS

Christopher Bathum, 56, was found guilty of 31 criminal counts by a Los Angeles jury. Arrested in 2016, Bathum once owned and operated 13 rehabilitation treatment centers throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. He also owned 6 in the state of Colorado. Bathum's convictions included rape and drug dealing, as he was particularly predatory to the most susceptible addicts in the center--often cornering them and exploiting their weakest points. He manipulated and abused his role as a counselor by showing victims how to beat drug tests, partaking in drug use with patients, and offering incentives such as use of a vehicle or cell phone in exchange for sex.

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