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September 2015 Archives

Didn't receive full compensation? You have legal options

California employers often try to pinch pennies in as many ways as possible -- but some of those frugal measures violate the law. This is particularly true when it comes to wage laws and the misclassification of employees and independent contractors. If your employer tried to save some money by refusing to provide you with your last paycheck after termination, you might have grounds to seek additional compensation.

Bononi Law Group Takes On Sex Discrimination Suit Against Toymaker Mattel

Bononi Law Group has filed suit on behalf of a former employee of Mattel, Inc., the giant toymaker based in El Segundo. The lawsuit alleges that the vice-president of corporate affairs in 2013 and 2014 created a hostile work environment for women by making derogatory remarks and showing preference for hiring men, according to the complaint filed last December in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Can I protect myself from being fired after an injury at work?

What should you do when you suffer a workplace injury? You may feel concerned about the potential for wrongful termination because you injured yourself -- and so you may not have taken any action at all. Instead of allowing yourself to be victimized by your California employer, take these steps to protect your legal rights and secure your spot in the workplace.

What is language discrimination in the workplace?

Many of us think of discrimination in the context of race, gender or age -- but did you know that California victims of discrimination are often targeted because of the language they use? Language discrimination occurs happens when an employee is treated unfairly because of his or her native language or characteristics of his or her speech. If you have ever seen signs for an "English-only" workplace, then you have personally witnessed evidence of language discrimination.

Bononi Law Group in the news: Age discrimination in Hollywood

An assistant director on the popular TV show The Big Bang Theory, Christopher Klausen, has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros Television, the producer of the sitcom aired on the CBS network. The lawsuit charges violation of California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, failure to prevent discrimination and wrongful termination. He is represented by Michael Bononi and Jarryd Cooper of the Los Angeles employment law firm Bononi Law Group.

Can I use FMLA when adopting a child?

Did you know that you can enjoy protections from the Family and Medical Leave Act if you are adopting a child? Many California parents who are pursuing adoption or foster care may not realize that they have the same rights as someone who has had a biological child. Today, we discuss the details relating to FMLA and the adoption process.

Are you familiar with these sexual harassment examples?

Despite the fact that there are laws in place to protect employees against sexual harassment, there are times when one person crosses the line. As the result, the victim is put in a difficult position. While some people are able to endure the harassment, nobody should have to do this. There is no place for this type of behavior in the workplace.

Misclassified employees and overtime pay

Some employers pay close attention to the classification of employees, including which ones are exempt and which ones are nonexempt. It may not sound like a big deal, but the misclassification of an employee can cause a lot of trouble. Most importantly, this means that the employee may not be eligible for hourly limits or overtime pay. Conversely, this is a big deal for the employer, as the misclassification of workers is illegal.

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