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California employment law changes for 2021

In 2021, California will offer new benefits and opportunities to workers in the form of evolving employment law regulations.

Forward-thinking legislative efforts, set to take effect this year, will have a significant impact on employees across the state. These new laws will affect employers and company governance.

Has The #MeToo Movement Had Any Impact On The Tech Workplace?

While the #MeToo movement has seemingly permeated all parts of society, a recent study shows that not all industries have equally benefitted from its message.

This year, Women Who Tech surveyed more than 1,000 Employees, founders, and investors to explore whether they experience sexism and/or racism in the workplace. Their responses were compared to a similar 2017 survey the nonprofit conducted to determine whether the tech workplace has improved over the past three years.

Why do researchers anticipate an increase in age discrimination claims in 2021?

2020 has been a difficult year for many industries, companies, and employees. To survive, businesses have had to layoff portions of their workforce or turn to other cost-cutting measures.

Unfortunately, history suggests that workers are not out of the woods yet. If this recession follows a similar trajectory to that of the Great Recession of 2008-2009, older workers (age 40+) may suffer from a flood of discriminatory actions in the upcoming months.

Restaurant Workers Experience an Uptick in Sexual Harassment in 2020

2020 has come with a stream of endless hardships – isolation, job losses, civil unrest and nationwide unease. Indoor dining services have been shut down for countless restaurants in California and the rest of the country.  In addition to worrying about health and safety during this unusual year, a new study shows that sickness is not restaurant workers’ only concern.

7 Members of prestigious sommelier organization are suspended after sexual harassment allegations

The Court of Master Sommeliers has always carried an air of prestige. This group is comprised of the most skilled wine tasters in the world, all of whom have undergone rigorous training and testing to earn the title of master sommelier. Since its founding in 1997, only 155 people have achieved this status. Of those, 24 were women.

Recently, this elite group's image has been marred by rampant allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape. Seven of the Court's members, Robert Bath, Matthew Citriglia, Fred Dame, Eric Entrikin, Greg Harrington, Drew Hendricks, and Matt Stamp have been suspended until the allegations can be fully evaluated through an external investigation. Dame is one of the group's co-founders.

Despite Increased Awareness from #MeToo Movement, More than Sixty Percent of Entertainment Industry Workers Report that They Have Suffered Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment in the Past Year

Despite the efforts of the #MeToo movement, inappropriate workplace jokes, suggestive comments, sexual harassment and assault remain a significant problem in American workplaces.

Recently, the Hollywood Commission surveyed 9,630 Hollywood workers about harassment within the entertainment industry. The survey found that gender harassment is the most common form of harassment, experienced by 62% of male respondents and 67% of female respondents.

Pregnant transgender man files an employment discrimination lawsuit against Amazon

Shaun Simmons is a transgender man who previously worked at Amazon’s Princeton, New Jersey fulfillment center. In June 2019, Simmons became pregnant and informed his supervisor. Soon after he reported the pregnancy, Simmons began suffering harassment from other employees and criticism from fulfillment center supervisors.

Simmons reported the harassment to Amazon’s Human Resources (HR) department and was put on leave. Returning from leave, Simmons was demoted to another role within the fulfillment center that required him to lift heavy items. His new role’s lifting requirements caused distressing abdominal pain during his pregnancy.

One out of Ten Healthcare Workers Report Suffering Sexual Harassment within the Past Three Years

Many industries, such as film and finance, are notorious for pervasive sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement arose from the numerous allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein after all. Sadly, a Medscape report shows that the healthcare industry is not immune from this physically and psychologically damaging behavior. One out of ten of all healthcare clinicians reported experiencing sexual harassment within the past three years.

The surveyed group includes nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The reported harassment included:

Regardless of allegations, Bridgewater may need to bridge the gap

Fundamental fairness holds that employees with similar credentials deserve to earn similar pay regardless of their gender. In 2020, large asset management firms such as Bridgewater Associates surely provide equivalent pay, especially among their competitively and equally qualified executive staff members - right?

A recent Wall Street Journal report states that the firm's most senior female executive, Karen Karniol-Tambour, filed a complaint about receiving less pay than men working at similar or lesser levels than she did. These allegations come shortly after the female Co-Chief Executive, Eileen Murray, left the company and filed a gender discrimination lawsuit related to male executives being paid more compensation.

Wronged Washington Football Team Employees, Many of Whom Are Represented By Gloria Allred, Speak Out about How the They Endured a Hostile Work Environment for Decades

Whether a business is a mom-and-pop shop or the namesake football team of the nation's capital city, sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination are illegal. Businesses of a certain size must comply with federal and its respective state's laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace.

Gloria Allred of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg is representing multiple wronged employees for, inter alia, claims of sexual harassment against the Washington Football Team. One client, a former cheerleader who alleges she was included in a secretly produced explicit video shown to the team's owner without her knowledge or permission, issued a statement through Ms. Allred stating that the use of her image in the lewd video is "reprehensible and appalling."

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