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February 2019 Archives

You don't have to face workplace harassment alone

Many people think of sexual harassment perpetrators as male and victims as female, and indeed, this is a common pattern. But, both men and women face harassment at work, and transgender and transsexual individuals often face both harassment and other obstacles to their careers. In response to this ongoing crisis, the California State Legislature has taken action to curtail harassment in the workplace.

More workers are getting fired for taking care of sick parents

By now you’ve heard plenty of stories regarding companies firing workers for getting sick for too long or having a baby. Many of these scenarios often end up being a violation of California and potentially federal law as the employers are unaware of how certain employment regulations work or try to twist the employee’s condition into an excuse to fire them.

Dean sues employer, claiming wrongful termination

Sex discrimination and sexual harassment are both illegal, and both can expose employers and others to legal liability. Furthermore, it is also illegal to retaliate against those reporting sex discrimination or sexual harassment. These legal rules have come to the fore as a former greater Los Angeles-area college dean has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer.

As the age discrimination law turns 52, incidents persist

It was in 1967 that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was passed to protect workers over the age of 40 from facing discrimination and loss of their job due to age. Unfortunately, over 50 years later it seems the law is not doing much to deter companies from continuing age discrimination.

What is the process for filing a complaint to get unpaid wages?

Payday comes and a worker finds that they have not been paid at all, or maybe, they were only paid part of the amount they earned. As many federal government employees can attest, this is a very frustrating -- and potentially financially catastrophic -- situation. What should an employee in California do if they have been illegally denied some or all of the pay they are owed? This blog post gives a quick overview of the process for filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Determining if you were a victim of wrongful termination

Because most employment in California is "at will," it can be challenging to prove wrongful termination. At will employment means that employers and employees may end the working arrangement with or without a cause. However, this does not mean that employers can break employment laws to get rid of a worker.

Gender discrimination in the workplace is still a problem

It is hard to believe that gender or sex discrimination still happens in the 21st century. However, if you pay attention to headlines or news reports, you know that it remains a problem in the United States. Now, it is not just about favoring a male worker over a female worker (or vice versa). It is about workplace mistreatment of gay and transgender workers as well.

What steps can be taken in response to sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination, which has been outlawed both by federal civil rights laws and by California's Fair Employment and Housing Act. In previous posts, we've discussed what sexual harassment is. In this post, we will describe the steps people can take if they have been the victims of sexual harassment.

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