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Review of California's whistleblower protections

A Los Angeles resident who reads the news regularly will frequently hear stories about how businesses of all sizes got caught violating either a state or federal law. Oftentimes, it is an employee, aptly named a whistleblower, who reports the violations to the proper authorities and thus gets the ball rolling on an investigation.

Former Mattel employee alleges age discrimination

A man who is now 71 years old has accused his former employer, Mattel, of age discrimination. He also alleges several other claims, including wrongful termination, defamation and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The case is pending before a judge in the Los Angeles area.

Employee files retaliation suit against major beverage company

A former employee, a vice president, says National Beverage Corp., the maker of LaCroix sparkling water, fired him after he suggested that his employer was planning to misrepresent how it manufactured its aluminum cans.

Former Amazon worker alleges pregnancy discrimination

To follow up on our previous recent post about the ongoing problem with pregnancy discrimination, a woman who worked for Amazon in one of its California fulfillment centers has sued the company. She alleges pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination.

What is a SLAPP lawsuit?

As of January 2019, only 28 states had anti-SLAPP laws. The state of California maintains one of those statutes. SLAPP is an acronym that stands for "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation." A SLAPP lawsuit is one in which the chief complaint involves the Defendant exercising his or her rights of free speech. California's anti-SLAPP statute allows a special motion to be filed by a Defendant asking that a Judge strike a complaint. It was first enacted in 1992.

What evidence could point to wrongful termination?

A termination is usually a bad experience for the person being terminated, but not all terminations qualify as wrongful terminations under the law. This is because California follows the employment-at-will rule, a rule that allows employers to terminate employees for any reason not forbidden by law or an employment contract. For example, while employers have broad discretion to fire employees, they may not fire them for a reason prohibited by equal employment opportunity law. These laws prohibit terminating an employee on account of their race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy status or other disapproved reason.

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.

Discharge may be wrongful termination if contract breached

Most employees in Los Angeles are what are called at-will employees, meaning that their employers are allowed to terminate them for any reason not expressly prohibited by law. Many employees, however, are employed pursuant to an employment contract that the employer and employee expressly entered into. These express contracts often require that the employee only be discharged if the employer has cause to do so. This blog post will take a closer look at employment contracts and when they may be found to exist

You are not alone in a wrongful termination situation

Obtaining and maintaining a job is important for individuals in California and elsewhere. However, when one has an "at will" employment, the reality is that an employer could end one's employment for almost any reason. Nonetheless, if an employer fires an employee for an unlawful reason, this could give rise to a wrongful termination claim.

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