California Law

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Sexual Harassment Claims in CA?

As a sexual assault survivor, it is natural to struggle with coming forward. This is common among survivors of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault and violence. Unfortunately, federal and state laws place a time limit on your right to bring a claim, pushing you to file before it is too late. The legal term for this… read more

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Can an Employer Dictate When Employees Take a Rest Break?

California’s state laws are largely pro-worker. As an employee in the State of California, you have many rights in terms of your hours, wages and time off. It is important to understand your rights as an employee so you can recognize when an employer is infringing upon them. You have certain rest break rights, for… read more

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Is My Wage Doubled When Working Overtime?

California’s wage and hour laws are some of the best in the country for workers. California’s overtime law allows workers to collect 1.5 to 2 times their usual wages during overtime depending on how many hours worked in a period. Neither employers nor employees can waive overtime. Some employers, however, withhold overtime pay from workers… read more

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Examples of a Hostile Work Environment

Under state and federal employment laws, an employee can bring a lawsuit against an employer for a hostile work environment. You might be the victim of a hostile work environment if a coworker, boss, supervisor or customer crossed a line into bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination or crimes against you such as physical assault that make… read more

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What Is Considered Wrongful Termination in CA?

It can be difficult to determine whether or not your boss had the right to terminate your employment in California. California is an at-will employment state, meaning employers do not need reasons to fire their employees. In exchange, employees do not need to give notices before quitting their jobs. Even at-will employment laws, however, do… read more

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Can an Employer Legally Deny a Final Paycheck?

California is an at-will employment state, meaning employers do not need to give a reason to terminate employees and employees do not need a reason to quit. Wage laws, however, entitle all employees to final wages upon termination of employment. Labor Code sections 201 and 227.3 state that all employers must pay an employee’s final… read more

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Understanding Backpay and Your Paycheck Rights

By federal law, you are entitled to your paycheck. Employers might be able to decide how and when you get paid, but federal laws are strict when it comes to the payroll process. The Fair Labor Standards Act plays a significant role in your wages. If an employer failed to compensate you in full for… read more

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Can an Employer Cancel Vacation Time After Approved?

Earned vacation time is often the best part about work, until it isn’t. Employees are often surprised that vacation time is not federally mandated. This makes it even more surprising when vacation time can be just as easily taken away. Vacation time can be paid or unpaid, offered or not, depending on your employer. Vacation… read more

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What is the WARN Act?

When your employer downsizes your company, you may wonder what your rights are. Unfortunately, the law does not protect your position or your options for future employment. Your employer retains the right to lay off employees when the company is in a difficult situation. However, you do have the right to receive notice prior to… read more

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What Is and What Isn’t Considered Invasion of Privacy?

If you are a California employee, you may wonder what your expectations are in regard to your privacy in the workplace. Under California law, you have a right to privacy in four situations and can hold an employer liable if he or she violates your reasonable expectation to privacy. #1: Intrusion of Solitude If your… read more

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