COVID-19 and Whistleblower Protections in California
As COVID-19 case numbers are increasing, so are the numbers of whistleblower and retaliation claims. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive influx in the number of workers blowing the whistle on unsafe practices in the workplace. The increase in whistleblower claims has been so drastic that the US Department of Labor issued a reminder… read moreRead More
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 moreRead More
What are the First Steps to a Wage and Hour Collective Action Lawsuit?
California’s wage and hour laws require employers to pay employees at least minimum wage, respect the terms of an employment contract and pay overtime when applicable. Unfortunately, not every employer follows state employment laws. Many violate them to save money. If your employer has violated your wage and hour rights, find out if your fellow… read moreRead More
Can I File a Sexual Harassment Complaint Anonymously?
Sexual harassment is an offense many men and women face at work in California. A 2018 study by Stop Street Harassment found that 81% of women and 43% of men in the U.S. have experienced some form of harassment or assault in their lifetimes. Sexual harassment can create a hostile or intimidating workplace and interfere… read moreRead More
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 moreRead More
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 moreRead More
Risks of Holiday Work Parties in California
Hosting a holiday work party may improve workplace culture and boost morale around the office, but it could also lead to personal injuries and company liability if an employer is not careful. The atmosphere at a holiday work party can be conducive to potential issues such as employee intoxication and sexual assault. An employer that… read moreRead More
What Can I Do If My Final Paycheck Is Delayed?
You should never have to wait more than 72 hours to receive your final paycheck from an employer in California. Whether you quit your job or your boss laid you off, you should receive your final paycheck within 72 hours at the latest. In job termination situations, your employer has a legal obligation to give… read moreRead More
6 Ways to Legally Confront Discrimination in the Workplace
Discrimination is the unfavorable treatment of a person because of his or her color, race, nationality, age, disability, gender or another protected class. Discrimination at work can create an unwelcoming or hostile work environment for the victim. If you believe you are experiencing discrimination in the workplace in Los Angeles, you have rights. You have the power… read moreRead More
Should I Find Another Job After Being Wrongfully Terminated?
Wrongful termination is a grave injustice that could change your life. An employer wrongfully terminating you could cause your family great financial and emotional strife. You may be able to get your job back if your lawyer can prove wrongful termination. Even if you fight the termination and win, however, your workplace could have uncomfortable… read moreRead More