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February 2015 Archives

Protection from job discrimination under California law

Los Angeles workers who've been treated unjustly by employers often don't know where to turn. You have to know your employment rights before you exercise them. An attorney can be a good place to start, since the nature of a complaint determines the next step.

California Supreme Court rules employees entitled to on call pay

Should you be paid for sleeping on the job? According to the California Supreme Court, the answer is a resounding yes -- unless, that is, your employer has an applicable wage order that expressly authorizes them to exclude compensable hours from your pay.

Do I have employment rights during pregnancy? Can I get paid if on leave?

woman doctor.jpgIf you are a hospital employee and are pregnant or might become pregnant, this blog post is for you. Pregnancy could affect all stages of your employment, from hiring and firing to job assignments to post-birth time with your child. It is critical to know what your options are and how the law can protect you.

Wrongfully terminated? Age discrimination law may have the answer

Most of us are familiar with the idea of discrimination in the workplace based on gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, but did you know that there is a far more insidious form of discrimination at play in today's economy? More and more workers are suffering wrongful termination not because of their appearance, but because of their age. Luckily, federal legislation protects California employees from this type of unfair discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits age discrimination against those who are older than 40 years old. This important piece of legislation protects older workers from being cruelly phased out of the workforce in favor of younger, cheaper labor.

California teens suffering sexual harassment, unlikely to report

We often think of sexual harassment in California in adult terms, but younger workers also suffer from this workplace scourge. In fact, a shocking study shows that one-third of American teenagers have been subject to sexual harassment on the job, a far higher statistic than many of us may have imagined. The fact is that no one is immune to this type of workplace experience, no matter his or her age. That is why younger workers need to remain particularly vigilant about the signs of sexual harassment -- and why they deserve added protections.

California leave laws include paid time off

California is one of just three states with paid family leave laws and only one of nine with clear leave laws complementing the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The FMLA and California Family Rights Act permit qualified workers to take 12 weeks off, without pay, to be with a new child or attend to serious personal health issues or illnesses of immediate family members.

California firefighter alleges wrongful termination, retaliation

An incident at a colleague's birthday party three years ago cost a Los Angeles County firefighter his job. The fire engineer was accused of sexually abusing four women at the party -- an accusation the man did not deny. However, the firefighter, who was drinking alcohol at the nightclub event, claimed that someone slipped him a date rape drug that led to the illegal behavior.

Home Depot tangled in workplace discrimination lawsuit

It is easy to believe that workplace discrimination is no longer a concern in this age, however, nothing could be further from the truth. From one side of the country to the next, there are instances in which an employee has been terminated or discriminated against due to their sex, age, race, or sexual orientation.

$2 Million Settlement For ADA Violations, Disability Discrimination

Dillard's can no longer require employees to provide a diagnosis from a doctor after taking sick time off of work. Doing so is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has resulted in a $2 million settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Age Discrimination In America: Five Facts About The ADEA

Federal law has prohibited many forms of age discrimination in the workplace since 1967 when Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The Act says that employers cannot discriminate against workers on the basis of how old they are.

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