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Age discrimination: What to do before you sue

You never thought you'd be the victim of workplace discrimination, but age discrimination is something that can affect everyone who tries to stay in his or her job after the age of 50. Perhaps you were passed up for an opportunity you were qualified for because a younger -- but less qualified -- colleague also wanted the position. Perhaps you got fired because they thought you were too old to get the job done.

Whistleblowers can seek protection from wrongful termination

You probably didn't think your company was breaking the law when you got hired, but during the course of your employment, you found out that your company was making a lot of legal "missteps." After it weighed on your conscience for some time, you decided to file a report with your boss' boss so that the unlawful behavior would stop. The next thing you know, you're out of a job.

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.

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