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February 2016 Archives

Hostile Work Environment Laws in California: What You Need to Know

Do you think you may be a victim of a hostile work environment? If so, your employer could be violating federal and California employment laws for subjecting you to illegal workplace harassment. But taking legal action on these harassing behaviors can get a little tricky. This is because workers who claim hostile working conditions may not know that this type of harassment is illegal only if it is based on a protected characteristic (race, age, national origin, sex, religion, disability and so on) of the employee. In a hostile work environment, harassment must also meet a certain level of severity, that is, it must be either "severe" or "pervasive." This means that only a small number of workplace hostility claims actually satisfy the legal definition of workplace discrimination and harassment. So how do you know when your employer is truly violating the law?

Workplace Retaliation Lawsuit: Los Angeles Police Department Employee Receives $1M

A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) employee recently settled a retaliation lawsuit against the City when her employer violated both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Labor Code § 1102.5.

Wrongful Termination Lawsuits in Los Angeles: Real Cases

Do you think you may be a victim of wrongful termination? While both federal and state laws protect employees in California from this unlawful employer behavior, it still occurs. But wrongful termination cases can become complicated under California labor law because employees are generally presumed to be "at-will." This means that your employer can fire you at any moment for any reason at all, without due process and without warning. The exception to this is that employer cannot terminate you for illegal reasons.

Male Gender Discrimination in California: Fired Yahoo Employee Sues Company for Sexism

A former employee of Yahoo recently sued the tech giant for gender discrimination, and the case has caught the attention of many major news outlets; not just because of the Yahoo brand, but because the fired employee is male.

California Employment Law AB 987: What Employees Need to Know

california-employment-law-ab-987-employer-retaliation.pngLast year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a handful of employment law-related bills that give California employees more protections against unlawful employer retaliation. On January 1, 2016, AB 987 was just one of the new laws that went into effect, extending anti-retaliation protections to employees who request reasonable accommodations due to eithera disability or religious beliefs.

Workplace Harassment Laws in California: Common Questions

Are you suffering from a hostile work environment at work? If so, your employer could be violating both federal and California workplace harassment laws. In California, harassment based upon a protected category in the workplace is unlawful under a slew of federal laws, as well as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. While California's anti-harassment laws are also among the most favorable towards employees in the entire nation, you may still have specific questions about harassment and bullying in the workplace.

Age Discrimination in California: Warner Bros. Suffers Big Setback in Discrimination Suit

Back in August, a former assistant director of hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, filed an age discrimination lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles Superior Court after he was terminated by the network.

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