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Letter prompts investigation into DOJ policies

Employees in California and throughout the country are generally protected from discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation. This is true for Department of Justice workers as well. A group calling itself DOJ Pride sent a letter to the attorney general asking that he investigate discrimination against homosexual and transgender workers. The letter said that FBI trainees are not allowed to become agents if they are not deemed masculine enough.

HR company polls workers about sexual harassment

A new poll suggests that workers throughout California and the rest of America only speak up about half of the time after hearing colleagues make inappropriate comments to people of the opposite sex. When asked what could be done to improve the situation, about three-quarters of the 1,227 workers surveyed by Georgia-based Randstad US said male workers should be supportive allies and take the lead.

Auto maker sued for racial intimidation

A large U.S. auto maker that sells models in California and in many other parts of the world is being sued in federal court for acts of racism at its transmission plant. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by nine former workers who allege that they were wrongfully terminated and ignored when bringing up civil rights violations. They said that they were repeatedly harassed by their white co-workers throughout their employment at the plant.

Study looks at retaliation rates for sexual harassment claims

From 2012 to 2016 in California, thousands of sexual harassment claims were filed. Over half of those employees were fired, and more than two-thirds were retaliated against. These were among the findings of a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity. Nationally, nearly two-thirds of people who filed a complaint about sexual harassment were let go from their jobs within the year. More than two-thirds reported employer retaliation.

California employers may cheer if daylight saving time ends

One of the ballot measures California residents voted on when they visited the polls on Nov. 6 determines whether or not the Golden State will continue to observe daylight saving time. Employers dislike daylight saving time because it causes hours to appear and then disappear as clocks are moved forward and then back. This can create a bookkeeping headache for employers and lead them to run afoul of federal and state wage and hour laws.

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