Can I Be Fired for Being on Maternity Leave in California?
The United States has some of the strictest laws about maternity leave in the world. California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are the only states that have laws guaranteeing some amount of paid maternity leave. As a result, 25% of American women only take ten days off after having a baby before returning to… read more
Does California Guarantee “Paternity Leave” to Men?
Men often get the short end of the stick when it comes to taking leave for the birth of a child or the adoption of a child into the family. While mothers often receive paid maternity leave to care for themselves and their children, in the U.S. the expectation is that fathers should return to… read more
Does the ADA Protect Against Mental Disabilities?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination. The ADA prohibits disability-related discrimination in the workplace, in public places, in schools, and in the transportation industry. The ADA’s goal is to give individuals with disabilities the same opportunities as people without disabilities have. Disabilities under… read more
Can an Employer Fire You for What You Post on Social Media?
Posting on social media can seem harmless, until your boss calls you into the office to discuss your last Tweet. Since the advent of social media sites, many employees have learned one lesson the hard way: yes, employers can in fact fire workers for things they post online. While this issue is not exactly black… read more
Can You Receive Workers’ Compensation for Stress or Anxiety in California?
Not all workplace injuries are physical. Many of us can relate to stress at work at some time or another. Some kinds of work-related stress have a short duration, like those involving a big project or pressing deadline. Others, however, persist over time, which can result in serious mental health problems. Can you get workers’… read more
Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees in California
Your employment status can be confusing to navigate. One of the biggest misconceptions regarding employment status is that California employees who earn a salary do not have the capacity to earn overtime. This is not the law – in fact, being a salaried employee is only one piece of the puzzle. The more critical issue… read more
Common Myths About Workplace Discrimination
It is often up to you as an employee to protect your own rights in the state of California. Although law-abiding employers should be aware of the workplace environment and take steps to prevent or stop discrimination, this unfortunately isn’t always the case. Employees often must act against employers, initiating their own pursuit of justice…. read more
Failure to Identify and Correct Civil Rights Violations
Before you can take your employer to court for civil rights violations, you must give your employer the opportunity to remedy the situation. California’s workplace laws tell employees to first report violations, discrimination, or harassment to the employer. It is only after the employee ignores the complaint and fails to correct the violation that an… read more
California Hostile Work Environment Laws
Your workplace should be a safe place to do your job; physically, mentally and emotionally safe. A hostile work environment may reduce your ability to do your job well and lead to mental distress and even physical illness. The state of California has enacted laws to protect workers from hostile work environments in addition to… read more
Can I Be Fired for a Medical Condition?
Most employees are protected under both federal and California state law from discrimination based on temporary or permanent disability. You have rights, including the right to reasonable accommodation, the right to file a complaint, and the right to not face retaliation for any complaint you may file. Protections Under Federal and State Law Federal law… read more