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November 2014 Archives

Where do I file a job discrimination complaint in California?

Employee discrimination and retaliation complaints are handled by a division of the California Department of Industrial Relations. It is not necessary for you to abandon a personal legal action against an employer to file a complaint with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. In fact, it may be in your best interests to speak with an employment attorney before taking any action, particularly if you are seeking whistleblower protection.

Father takes FLMA leave to raise baby of mother in coma

Many fathers take family leave in order to spend time bonding with their newborn daughters and sons. Others may separately take medical leave in order to take care of a sick relative. In a recent case, the two rationales for taking time off from work became merged.

Wrongful termination claim zaps AutoZone for over $185 million

A woman, demoted and then fired after telling her former California employer she was pregnant, recently received $900,000 in compensatory damages in a lawsuit against AutoZone. The company also must pay $185 million in punitive damages - an award that exceeded the plaintiff's highest expectations by $25 million.

How companies avoid overtime pay in California

When you work overtime hours, you expect to be paid extra for your time and effort, but this is not always the case. Some employers, wanting to keep the costs of operation down, will look for ways to avoid increasing your pay just because you go over the standard 40 hours per week. However, some of the tactics that are used to do this are illegal.

Job hiring discrimination case ends with California settlement

Some Los Angeles residents may not be aware employers are restricted from asking certain questions during job interviews. Ignorance is not bliss. Some employers ignore the law and ask questions to learn things they have no right to know.

Tech companies begin to offer more family leave

Upon the birth of a baby daughter or son, working fathers and mothers want and deserve time to bond with their newborn infant. The early months after birth are a critical time to establish emotional connections between parents and babies, and parents shouldn't have to sacrifice that time in order to protect their jobs. However, many parents aren't getting the family leave they need.

What employment laws protect breastfeeding moms in California?

Among other stipulations, the Family and Medical Leave Act provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, without penalties, for Los Angeles working parents following a child's birth or adoption. California and federal laws also protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers when they return to work after family leave ends.

Pregnancy discrimination case going to Supreme Court

Women who are pregnant often want to continue their careers, and most people fully support their right to do so. The rights of those women to continue working should be respected, but sometimes they aren't. When that happens, legal action may follow. This is the case with a working mother who plans to take her pregnancy discrimination case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

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