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November 2017 Archives

Sexual misconduct: Subtle and not-so-subtle signs

There has been a wave of coverage in the media lately regarding the sexual misconduct of many powerful people in the entertainment industry, with new allegations surfacing on what has started to seem like a daily basis. As unpleasant and shocking as some of these stories may be, when they are brought out into the light, the responsible parties are forced to be held accountable for their actions. This is surely a positive development for the victims of these acts, some of whom have been carrying these secrets for years. 

New laws in California designed to protect women and families

Recently the problem of the gender pay gap has been brought to a forefront, especially in the tech industry. Particularly the fact that women are often times paid less than men who have similar jobs. This is a form of sex discrimination and while it has been illegal for some time, it is still a problem and it appears in more than just the tech industry. This is fundamentally unfair to women and if it is occurring the women may have legal recourse against the employer.

Protections for employees after filing False Claims Act claim

The government in California, whether at the state, county or city level has the responsibility of making sure a variety of projects are completed each year. They are also responsible for keeping various public buildings, parks and other operations up and running. For many of these tasks the government has employees to do them, but in many instances it makes more sense to hire a private company do certain projects or aspects of a project. These contracts can be very lucrative for the private companies.

Joining other employees in legal action against your employer

If you're in the workforce long enough, there may come a time where you have the option to join with coworkers to take legal action against your employer who is breaking California labor laws. Figuring out the best course of action, though, can often lead to a lot of confusion and many questions that need to be answered. To help you out, we'll address some of the most important questions pertaining to joining a class action suit against your employer. 

Process after filing a wrongful termination charge with the EEOC

Most employees in California are at will employees, which mean that they can be fired pretty much at any time for pretty much any legitimate business reason. However, the employer cannot discriminate against the employee and fire them based on certain legally protected aspects of the person's life. These include race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and others. If the employee is discriminated against because of one of these things, then they may have a claim for wrongful determination.

Equal pay required for both men and women beyond simply salary

Men and women in California both have the required skills to do many of the same jobs. Therefore, for many companies both men and women have similar jobs. However, this was not always the case and certain employers still hire more men than women or hire men for the higher paid positions. Also, sometimes even if a woman has a similar job as a man, the woman is paid less than the man. This situation is getting better, but it still exists. It is also an illegal business practice.

Statute of limitations for a whistleblower retaliation claims

People are fired, demoted, do not receive promotions and have many other negative things happen to them at work. Many times it is because their work performance is not good enough or there is another employee who is more qualified, but this is not always the case. Some employers discriminate against employees because of their race, sex, age, disability, religion and other factors that are protected and have nothing to do with job performance. If employers fire employees because of this, the employee may have a wrongful termination claim against the employer.

Former worker at Tesla files a wrongful termination claim

There are people of all different races, sex, sexual orientation, age, disabilities and religions living and working in California. All these people are capable of working and their job performance has nothing to do with the things listed above. However, certain employers and managers may have certain biases against certain individuals or feel that that they may need to incur extra expenses by employing these individuals. Therefore, they may fire these employees or make life so difficult on them that they quit.

The Aftershock of AT&T v. Concepcion on California Employment Law

It all started in California. In April 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the case of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion, a legal dispute which had made its way up the litigation ladder from a district court in California. From the outside, this case probably seemed to be little more than a simple disagreement between a couple and their phone company. In actuality, the case led to a monumental and somewhat controversial ruling that continues to impact the legal options available to both consumers and employees who are seeking to recover damages from a larger company today. 

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