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Age discrimination is very prevalent according to statistics

One fact of life in California is that people will grow older. There is nothing that people can do about it. Most people would love to retire early and enjoy their later years without having to work, but that is not always a reality. Also, with the average length of life growing, retirement age may be getting later and later. So, there are many people still working into later years who rely on their jobs to meet their needs.

Disney may forego bonuses to workers after all

When the Trump administration's business-friendly new tax form bill was signed into law at the end of 2017, The Walt Disney Company was quick to join the chorus of other massive companies - including Walmart, Boeing, AT&T and Comcast - in announcing that they would be sharing some of the resulting wealth of their lowered corporate tax rate with many of their employees in the form of a one time bonus. Unfortunately for some of those employees, that promise may turn out to be too good to be true. 

The negative effects of gender discrimination in the workplace

There are many factors that go into why companies in California make decisions regarding hiring, pay, promotions and other aspects of the job. For the most part it is based on a workers job performance or credentials, but sometimes other factors are used instead. This could be that the supervisor is giving a favor to a family member or friend or other reasons such as gender discrimination. Neither of these are fair ways of making decisions, but only discrimination is illegal.

Retaliation against employees who refuse to do certain actions

People in California like anywhere else risk legal consequences when they break the law. This is true for individuals and for corporations and other legal entities. Despite the potential consequences, some people and entities may feel it is worth the risk and do it anyways. Often times, businesses that do this are trying to avoid extra costs or make more money. However, employees of the company may not want to partake in the illegal activity and report the violations to the appropriate authorities.

Wrongful termination charges must be filed quickly

Most people in California are not very excited when they get terminated from a job. This is true whether people are terminated due to their own actions or inactions or whether it is completely out of their control such as a downturn in the company's business. Usually there is not much the person can do afterward except try to find a new job. However, in certain situations the reason for firing the person may be discriminatory and the person may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful termination claim.

Wells Fargo employee fired for planning to complain to regulators

Many people in California have their money in various banks. They rely on these banks to make sure their money is safe and well managed. Therefore, these banks are highly regulated to ensure that the banks are following the rules. However, some of these banks may take liberties with these regulations in order to make more money. It is important that regulators find out when they do and often times the best way for the regulators to find out is through the employees at the bank.

California’s new wage and hour laws in full effect

As many workers in the state of California are probably aware by now, the beginning of 2018 saw the implementation of a welcome rise in both the amount of minimum wage and by extension, the exempt salary threshold that employers are now required to pay their workers. So, what does this mean for employees throughout the state?

Calculating back pay you may be owed by your California employer

A recent investigation has many California workers expecting some back pay in the near future. The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has completed an investigation where they have found many workers who were entitled to back pay for wages owed from previous employment. Workers who were affected can expect to receive a notification letter alerting them to upcoming back pay disbursement. 

Court rules that women's past salaries in determining new salary

Women in California, like the rest of the U.S., have historically earned less than men. This is despite the fact that the Equal Pay Act became a law decades ago, which requires employers to pay men and women the same if they do similar jobs. This practice is a form of sex discrimination. Employers who engage in this practice may be required to compensate the employees who are the victims of it.

Women face different forms of discrimination in the workplace

Most people in California are aware of the focus of the sexual harassment many women face in the workplace. This is something that many people are concerned about and trying to bring attention to it as a way of stopping it. However, this is not the only problems that women face in the workplace. Many women also face discrimination in the workplace as well. Sex discrimination is just as illegal and the victims may be entitled to compensation.

Former Beverly Hills police employee claims wrongful termination

There are situations when people in California can say what they want and treat people poorly as long as they are not breaking the law. People may disagree with the person or find them offensive, but generally most speech is protected by the First Amendment. This is not true in all settings though. One of these situations is at the workplace. If people make offensive remarks about employees at work, there can be repercussions for their actions.

Getting fired for sharing pay information with co-workers

It's something that many of us have experienced at some point in our working lives. On your first day of work at a new job, it's not uncommon to spend a little time filling out some necessary paperwork and going over some of the standard policies and expectations of your new employer. It's usually around this time, in the early days of your employment with any company, that you may also be informed of a policy that strongly discourages or prohibits employees from discussing the details of their personal wages, benefits or other compensation with each other. Doing so, you're informed, can result in disciplinary action - including being fired from your job.

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