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October 2014 Archives

Study: Employer discrimination rampant against obese women

Most California communities don't have specific laws to protect citizens from bullies who target overweight people, but San Francisco does. San Francisco enacted a so-called fat ordinance in 2000 barring discrimination against a person's size, according to a New York Times report. Obesity is not a protected class in the workplace, under most employment laws.

Method of notice important in FMLA cases

Fathers and mothers across the country want to spend time with their families and have a right to focus on home obligations as well as work. They also have a right to deal with medical needs as those occur. Fortunately, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act support fathers and mothers having all of these rights. However, proper procedures need to be followed. These include notification about taking leave being communicated in a way that avoids lawsuits.

Wrongful termination claim alleges city broke California law

California workers may be dismissed without reason under at-will employment laws. However, a lack of explanations cannot disguise a hidden agenda. An employer may not discriminate against workers in protected classes or retaliate against employees who file complaints about workplace policy violations or misconduct.

Key aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act

Many workers want to be able to take leave from their jobs when needed. This may be for medical reasons, and it may be for family reasons. Either way, they should learn about the Family and Medical Leave Act, so they can know their rights and responsibilities when it comes time to put in for leave.

How California workers handle on-the-job sexual harassment

Los Angeles workers and employers are keenly aware of laws forbidding workplace sexual misconduct. Employment policies and public awareness have not eliminated sexual harassment problems. Out-and-out demands for sexual favors, to prevent termination or ensure a promotion, occur less frequently now than in the past, but harassment can take subtle forms.

Family leave advocates seeking more paid time

One of the most profound challenges for working fathers and working mothers is balancing the time they need to spend working with the time they need to spend taking care of their children. To address this, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act to help dads and moms balance their work and family needs. However, many say that the leave that legislation has provided for is insufficient. For that reason, they are seeking to institutionalize paid leave with a new law called the Family and Medical Leave Act, referred to by many as simply the FAMILY Act.

Wrongful termination, law-breaking alleged by ex-healthcare head

Whistleblowers are protected by California and federal laws from being punished for reporting workplace misconduct or illegal activities. In the medical community, that might include seeing evidence of fraud or other actions in conflict with laws.

Fast food new frontier of wrongful termination

Across all socioeconomic strata, workers have one thing in common: they want to protect their jobs. A part of that protection includes making sure that they will be justly compensated in the event of wrongful termination. Another part is making sure that if they are terminated justly, the standard for doing so is fair and clear. Franchisees want that standard in place so the corporate chains can't end the franchisees' contracts and deprive them of their livelihood.

Do male workers file California sexual harassment claims?

Let's dispel some widely-held myths. Despite employment laws barring it, sexual harassment remains a common, disturbing problem in Los Angeles workplaces. Women traditionally have been targets of this gender-based discrimination, but you might be surprised to know how often males are victims.

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