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Wage and hour disputes surrounding payday issues

Unless California residents do volunteer work, they expect payment for the work they do. In fact, they expect to be paid on a regular basis, and they expect payment for all of the time they put into their jobs. Wage and hour disputes often include payday issues such as those below.

Under California law, most employers must establish set paydays at least twice a month. Workers can be paid twice a month, every two weeks or each week. If a worker is owed overtime wages, they must be paid no later than the next payday following the period in which the wages were earned.

Sexual harassment could still force a woman out of her job

California fans of "The Rookie" will not see one of its stars, Afton Williamson, return for the second season. She claims she was forced to endure racial discrimination and sexual harassment during the first season, and simply cannot return to the show. Feeling forced to leave a job due to these types of hostilities continues to be a common theme for women across the country.

According to Williamson, the head of the hair department was unabashedly racist and routinely bullied her and used racially charged language. According to her, additional bullying came from the highest levels of the production. She claims her complaints about this behavior were not investigated and reported as she was promised. The harassment allegedly reached the point where this individual sexually assaulted Williamson at a wrap party. She says that only after this incident was the individual's employment terminated.

Gender discrimination goes up as sexual harassment claims drop

Working women here in California may feel as though their struggle for equality is paying off. Sexual harassment claims are down thanks to initiatives such as the #MeToo movement. Sadly, some women now face another problem in the workplace -- gender discrimination and harassment.

It appears that in some work environments, supervisors, co-workers and others take offense at being called out on their inappropriate behavior. They have begun campaigns of harassment, retaliation and discrimination against women they work with who complain about being sexually harassed. In these situations, women here in California and across the country traded in unwanted sexual attention for the display of sexist material and sexist remarks.

Even women in sports face workplace discrimination

Long Beach soccer fans may know that the U.S. women's soccer team recently competed in the World Cup, but defending their title as champions could prove easier than the battle they face in the courts. Several of the women allege in a lawsuit that they face workplace discrimination because they do not receive the same compensation as their male counterparts. Court documents assert violations of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to the women, the U.S. Soccer Federation does not pay them what they pay members of the men's soccer team, but this is not the only allegation of gender inequality cited. The 28 women say they do not receive the same training, promotion of their games, travel conditions as the men's team does. They say they work just as hard, and seem to outperform, the men's team, so they should receive at least the same compensation.

3 common wage and hour violations

As an employee, wages and hours are arguably the most important part of the job. Your paycheck pays the bills, and if there’s a mistake in how you’re compensated, it can affect your financial well-being significantly.

What you might not be aware of are common wage and hour violations that employers make. Sometimes it’s a mistake. Other times employers may try to purposefully skirt an employee to save money. Whatever the case, wage and hour violations can have serious consequences for the employer, and you as an employee have the right to pursue legal action.

The job shouldn't mean an open door for sexual harassment

Those who work in certain industries receive an unfair characterization from others. For instance, there is a museum on the East Coast dedicated to sex. One of the workers there says that she and others suffered through continuous sexual harassment from customers. She claims her employer did nothing about it.

It does not matter what industry people here in California or elsewhere work in — they do not deserve to be treated with disrespect or harassed simply because of the jobs they do. The woman in this case says not just customers harassed them, but other staff members did so as well. Customers and staff were supposedly intoxicated while in the museum during some of these instances, which more than likely only made them more brazen. 

Workplace discrimination continues in male-dominated industries

It can be challenging to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry such as long-haul truck driving. When one woman experienced workplace discrimination based on her gender, she filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her employer then promptly denied her the right to go back to work for the company. California residents going through similar circumstances may want to know whether that action violate federal law.

The simple answer to that question is yes. According to the EEOC, not giving an employee who makes a discrimination claim the opportunity to work at the company violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For example, a woman truck driver filed a sex discrimination claim against the company she worked for with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is considered a protected activity. When she attempted to regain her employment with the company, it refused.

What is "quid pro quo" sexual harassment?

Most Long Beach residents have heard the adage, "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch." People understand this to mean that they cannot get something for nothing -- there is always a price. When it comes to employment, workers believe this refers to the fact that they only get paid if they perform their job duties. Unfortunately, some workers end up finding out that a superior expects something else, and that something else could constitute "quid pro quo" sexual harassment.

This type of sexual harassment occurs when a superior demands some sort of sexual favor in exchange for a raise, a promotion, a good work assignment or some other work benefit. It can also work the other way. That superior could demand sexual favors in exchange for not firing, reprimanding or providing a poor review to an employee. It should be noted that the perpetrator and victim do not have to be of the opposite sex for this or any other type of sexual harassment to occur.

Been fired? Was it wrongful termination under the law?

Losing a job can devastate an individual and/or an entire family. Some California residents may have known that the termination was coming because they just could not catch on the work, meet deadlines or otherwise meet the expectations of the job. In other cases, it seems to come out of nowhere, and the individual who lost the job may wonder whether it was wrongful termination.

If an employer violated federal or California law when letting someone go, legal options may be available to that individual. Discrimination is one of the laws that some employers violate when it comes to terminating someone. It is not enough for the employee to claim discrimination; rather, appropriate evidence must be documented, which can encompass a wide array of situations, comments, acts and more.

6 steps to take if you’re experiencing sexual harassment

If you have been the recipient of unwelcome sexual comments or advances in the workplace, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to put up with them.

More than ever, women in California and across the country have been standing up to sexual harassment. Since late 2017, the #MeToo movement has led to a 13.6% increase in the number of sexual harassment claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and women filed 85% of these claims.

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