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Requirements for employer sexual harassment prevention policy

As many people in California are aware, sexual harassment is something that has been prevalent in many different areas of society. One of these areas is in the workplace. Many employees have been subject to sexual harassment from bosses, supervisors, managers and fellow co-workers. However, no matter who initiates the sexual harassment it is not only inappropriate, but it is also illegal. The person subjected to it may be able to receive compensation as a result.

Former state worker claims he was fired for role in investigation

Business and corporations in California generally try to make as much money as possible. This is true for both small businesses to major corporations. Generally it is done legitimately and legally, but sometimes these companies will break different rules in order to make even more money. Some people in government agencies do the same thing. It may be done differently, such as misusing various funding on personal activities, but people are still trying to make more money by breaking the rules.

Did you know? Facts about California labor laws

If you’ve been employed in California for any length of time, you’re probably already aware that labor laws in our offer protections from employers’ actions that violate workers’ civil rights. But for those of you who are just preparing to enter the workforce, we’ve compiled a list of some of the useful and in some cases, unusual labor laws that it might be of benefit. 

Wrongful termination based on religious beliefs or practices

In California people are free to practice whatever religion that they would like to practice. There are also many different religions with different ideologies, practices, requirements and other varying aspects. Sometimes people do not agree with all the aspects of a religion, but each person is allowed to practice what they want. This is even protected under state and federal law. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees based on their religion.

Transgender worker not protected against discrimination federally

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sex discrimination in the workplace in California, as well as the rest of the United States. However, who is protected under the Act has recently been reinterpreted. According to U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, the law only prohibits discrimination against men and women, not against gender identities, including transgender individuals. This is a reversal from the Obama administration, which interpreted the Act to include transgender individuals.

Protections for those who expose illegal pharmaceutical kickbacks

People in California suffer from various illnesses and injuries. There are also many doctors, hospitals and clinics who treat the people with these various illnesses and injuries. These medical professionals also have many different options to use for medications, medical equipment and medical services. There are also many different pharmaceutical companies who can make a lot of money when doctors choose to use their medications, medical equipment and services.

Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for disabilities

The majority of people in California are healthy, can see well, walk normally and have full use of both their arms. However, there are many others who have disabilities. People with disabilities may have difficulties performing certain physical tasks, but they are more than capable mentally to perform the same tasks as those without disabilities. However, in order to do these tasks they may need some physical accommodations to perform them.

What damages can one receive in a wrongful termination lawsuit?

There are many reasons why people in California lose their jobs. Many of these reasons involve the conduct or work performance of the employee. Other times it has to do with the performance as a company as a whole and layoffs occur due to the company's poor performance. However, sometimes it has to do with an employer discriminating against an employee because of age, race, sex or other protected classes that the employee cannot control at all.

Penalties for employers who retaliate against whistleblowers

There are many federal and state laws that govern what both individuals and companies in California can and cannot do. These laws have various purposes, but the general reason for these laws is to ensure that people are not harmed physically or financially. However, sometimes these laws make accomplishing certain goals of a company more time consuming or more expensive. This may lead employers to do certain things to break these laws or ask employees to do things which violate the laws.

Assistance in sexual & gender discrimination situations

No one should be judged or have their work affected by their sex or sexual orientation. While that may seem like an obvious statement to make, it's unfortunately not how some workplace scenarios play out. Sexual gender harassment & discrimination is a very real problem in many businesses across the country. While that phrase may conjure up images of dramatic and confrontational situations, many instances of such discrimination occur in much more subtle ways.

What are the basics of wrongful termination?

Being fired from a job is one of the most stressful situations a person can go through. Losing a job for an unlawful reason, however, can introduce an entirely new level of stress and anger. Handling these situations as calmly as possible is crucial in forming a wrongful termination case, as is seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney. But first, understanding what constitutes as wrongful termination is necessary.

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

Some people in California primarily work by themselves, but the majority of people in California have co-workers, managers and others who they must answer to. People in these work environments also have different relationships with their co-workers. Some may be close friends with other co-workers, while others may keep their work and personal relationships separate. However, no matter what the type of relationship they have with others at work, no one should be subjected to harassment.

Fired employee at utility regulator files whistleblower complaint

There are many types of professions and many different companies in California. While the type of work these various professions and companies perform, one thing they do have in common is that there are laws that they must follow. The laws can be tailored to specific profession or they could be general laws that govern all different industries. When these companies break these laws they can face penalties and it can be devastating for the business.

New labor laws for a new generation of workers?

It’s impossible to deny that the broad landscape of the labor force across the country has undergone a notable transformation over the last few decades. By the middle of 2015, the number of Millennial employees (adults aged 18-34, specifically) working had already surpassed the number of both the Baby Boomer (adults aged 51 to 69) and Generation X employees (adults aged 35 to 50) present in the workforce. With this ambitious, strong-willed, and tech-savvy new generation at the helm, many lawmakers have already begun to explore the possibility of modernizing our nation’s labor laws.  

Reviewing California’s Overtime Laws

The labor laws in California are very generous toward employees, offering a surprising amount of protection to workers. However - simply being aware that California has the best interests of its employees in mind is not enough. It is important that everyone in the workforce understands the laws that protect their rights, which will enable them to recognize situations in which their employer may be taking advantage of them. Consider this question - how well do you know the labor laws that ensure your right to overtime pay?

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