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May 2014 Archives

Court rules in favor of piracy whistleblower's anonymity

When someone comes forward to expose what they view as wrongdoing, they may face consequences for doing so. For example, they might lose their current job. Correspondingly, many who come forward about alleged misdoing by a company seek to remain anonymous in whistleblower protection cases.

Former jail project manager in wrongful termination suit

People are let go from their jobs for a variety of reasons. Those can include absenteeism, chronic tardiness, misconduct on the job and simple poor performance. However, in some cases, an employee might allege that he or she was the victim of a wrongful termination. This means that the employee was fired without just cause. In those cases, the person is within his or her legal rights under current law to file suit and attempt to get compensation or be reinstated into his or her former position.

Wrongful termination suit surfaces during Beats' sale talks

Employment contracts aren't the norm for most Los Angeles workers. California, like many other states, has adopted an "at-will" employment policy, giving employers the option to fire workers for any reason -- as long as it's a legal one -- at the time a company chooses. Employees also have the right to leave a job under the same conditions – without reason or time restraints.

California labor officials going after employer wage thieves

Some workers are caught between a rock and a hard place with Los Angeles employers. Employers know paychecks are necessities for most employees. Some companies try to take advantage of that dependency by stealing wages from the people who work for them.

California wrongful termination case results in compensation

Across the country, people are fired from jobs every day. The reasons are as varied as the number of incidences. In some cases, the worker's performance may be poor, or they may have done something wrong. In other cases, a company may be downsizing or reconfiguring their roster due to changing business needs. In other cases, however, an employee is let go for what they contend to be blatantly illegal reasons, resulting in a wrongful termination claim by the employee.

AB 2065 would give whistleblower protection to legislative staff

The California Whistleblower Protection Act, according to the California State Auditor website, protects state employees from retaliation by employers, potential employers or state officials for reporting improper or illegal activity. State employees who work for the legislature, however, do not have protection from retaliation or termination for reporting wrongdoing. Of the three branches of state government, this is the only one that does not provide protection to its employees under this state law.

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