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August 2014 Archives

How is sexual harassment legally defined?

Most everyone is aware that sexual harassment is illegal in the workplace. However, many may not be aware of what the legal definition of sexual harassment actually is. Sexual harassment, according to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, is defined as "harassment based on sex or of a sexual nature; gender harassment; and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition."

Does an employee's depression qualify for FLMA?

With actor/comedian Robin Williams' suicide reportedly due to depression, more attention has been shed on this very real mental disorder. Depression can affect all aspects of a person's life, including their work and career. Some who suffer from depression do so silently. Others may approach their employers for time off through the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Workers filing family-leave lawsuits

The balance between work and family is one of the biggest considerations for modern American employees. For many, the amount of paternity leave, maternity leave and other family support benefits are critical when choosing an employer. At minimum, people want to get the benefits guaranteed to them under the Family and Medical Leave Act, known as FMLA. If they don't, they may file lawsuits, which is happening more often.

Wrongful termination suit claims Hanford officials retaliated

California employers have a lot of flexibility in hiring and firing practices. Some Los Angeles workers may be surprised to know many employers don't need a strong reason or any reason at all to terminate an employee. That's part of living in a state with "at-will" employment rules where, barring any job or union contract to the contrary, employers pretty much have free rein over when and why to pink slip someone.

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