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Hostile work environment and sexual harassment in California

Workers in California have a number of rights, which employers may not violate. One of these rights involves the right to be free of a hostile work environment. Unfortunately, however, hostile work environments -- in which sexual harassment, unwanted touching, unwanted sexual advances, debasing sexual language and/or constant inappropriate comments are the norm -- are not uncommon in our state.

Advice for severance packages following termination

Most California employees will not be entitled to a severance package in the event of termination. However, some have the legal right to demand severance pay. It all depends on what your employment contract, employee handbook or employee manual says. Additionally, some California employees can attempt to negotiate special terms for severance pay by promising not to pursue a legal action against his or her employer.

What are my basic employee rights?

Every Los Angeles employee has basic employment rights at his or her job. Those rights include the right to a discrimination-free workplace, fair compensation and more. Unfortunately, it isn't uncommon for employees to suffer a rights violation, so it's important for them to recognize a violation when it occurs.

Employers can only ask you questions that are relevant

When preparing yourself for an interview, you are trying to figure out what the employer is going to ask so that you can answer quickly, accurately and confidently. However, it's important to think about what you may be asked for more than just having a solid answer on the tip of your tongue. You also need to make sure your rights aren't violated.

A refresher on California whistleblower laws

What exactly is a whistleblower and what are their rights? Any employee who reports information regarding employer violations to an authority, or refuses to perform a duty that could be classified as a violation, is considered a whistleblower. Information disclosed can be about a violation of state or federal statutes, violation of state or federal regulations or rules, or reporting an unsafe work environment or practice. Violations may be reported to an authority such as a government agency, a law enforcement agency, a manager or supervisor in authority over you, or an employee who is in a position to investigate or correct a violation or noncompliance. Whistleblower information, such as possible violations in your workplace, can be reported by contacting the California State Attorney General's Whistleblower Hotline at 1-800-952-5225.

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