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September 2018 Archives

Man at Google data center sues employer for sexual harassment

Google LLC is already the subject of two lawsuits in California that accuse the company of gender discrimination and tolerating harassment of female employees. A new lawsuit emerging from one of the company's out-of-state data centers provides an example of alleged sexual harassment against a male employee. The 63-year-old man filed a legal complaint alleging that he was wrongfully terminated after complaining about the sexual harassment that he experienced.

Can an employer terminate an injured or disabled employee because their 12 weeks of FMLA leave expired?

The short answer is, "no." An employee cannot terminate a disabled or injured employee just because their FMLA leave expires. At that point, the question becomes whether continuation of the leave beyond 12 weeks is a reasonable accommodation for a disability. In other words, if it doesn't pose an undue hardship on the employer, then the employee must be allowed sufficient time to recover and return to work, with or without further accommodations.

Transgender rights are Human Rights: An employment lawyer's perspective

Violence and discrimination against transgender people cannot be tolerated. But, unfortunately, we live in a world where ignorance, fear of the unknown, and discomfort with our own sexuality, has led to cruelty and abuse directed at one of the most vulnerable segments of society. In the last few years, transgender and gender nonconforming people have become more visible. Yet, at at the same time, transgender people are still not fully accepted and understood, and their visibility has made them targets for abuse, discrimination and hostility.

Highlighting sexual harassment in the scientific community

While Hollywood is in the spotlight for its sexual harassment issues, movie stars in California are not the only ones who have to deal with it. Those in the scientific community have asked the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to do more to stop harassment within its ranks. It specifically asks that those who are honored by the AAAS to be stripped of their awards if they are found to be engaged in harassing behavior.

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