A public records request to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has brought to light a gender discrimination complaint against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. A woman who had worked for Goldman Sachs for 15 years alleges that the company fired her for taking a four-month paid leave after the birth of her third child. A company spokesman said that her termination resulted from strategic business decisions. Her case remains in arbitration as she pursues damages of $1.5 million.
Anyone searching for a job in California could experience setbacks, but racial prejudice persists as a impediment to career development for African Americans and Latinos. A meta-analysis of all available research studies that tested job callback rates among applicants of various races concluded that hiring discrimination against African Americans has not improved at all since 1989.
If your employer is not paying you overtime wages you have earned, isn't paying you the appropriate minimum wage, is forcing you to work off the clock or is deducting inappropriately from your paycheck, that's less money you have to take home to your family, pay your bills and get a secure financial foothold for your future. That's not only isn't fair, it's against the law.