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Proposed sexual harassment law seeks to prohibit secrecy

Many of our readers in California have no doubt been following all of the news stories that have come out over the past year or so regarding sexual harassment in the workplace in America. California, in particular, as the home of Hollywood and thousands of celebrities, has been at the center of the developments in the so-called #MeToo movement to expose and end sexual harassment. Now, the movement may be getting some formidable legal back-up.

Nike hit with California wage and hour lawsuit

Nike has been in the hot seat since earlier this spring regarding a proposed class action alleging wage and worker safety violations. A former employee at the retail store in San Clemente alleged in a February 2017 class action that the company fails "to furnish safe and healthful employment and place of employment" under California state law.

What are your options against sexual harassment in the workplace?

The daily news cycle bears out that sexual harassment in the workplace is still a very real problem for employees in California and throughout the country. This type of harassment in the workplace can be very direct, such as inappropriate touching or sexual advances, or it can be somewhat indirect, such as sly remarks or hushed conversations between supervisors and managers. All of it can lead to creating a workplace that is hostile for employees to deal with.

Tesla founder’s tweets incite new class action lawsuits

The prominent electric car manufacturer Tesla is facing three new class action lawsuits stemming from a series of tweets posted by founder Elon Musk last week. Since the August 7 Twitter stream, three lawsuits and an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission have begun.

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.

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.

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