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February 2016 Archives

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.

Former mayor costs San Diego for his inappropriate behavior

Ex-mayor Bob Filner of San Diego wasn't in office even a year before he resigned. His resignation took place in 2013 after more than a dozen women came forward with claims of sexual harassment. San Diego is now settling with one of his victims, who was the mayor's executive assistant.

Unfair wage treatment costs sushi restaurant owner

The U.S. Labor Department stands behind their wage and hour labor laws. Employees who worked at 11 Gatten Sushi restaurants were awarded $464,586 in back wages and damages for unfair treatment. The restaurant chain is based in Cerritos, California, but also has other locations such as Irvine and Fullerton.

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