Employment Law

California Minimum Wage Laws [2021]

Minimum wage is the lowest amount of money an employer can lawfully pay an employee according to state and federal laws. California has the highest minimum wage in the country (besides Washington, D.C.), as well as a provision that increases the state’s minimum wage annually. Learn more about California’s minimum wage laws to determine if… read more

Filing a Labor Board Complaint in CA

If an employer in California mistreats you or violates your rights as a worker, you have the right to file a complaint with one of several state agencies, commonly referred to as the labor board. Most employee complaints will go to either the Labor Commissioner’s Office or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Find… read more

Constructive Discharge and California Law

Most people have things they dislike about their jobs. If your work conditions are so disagreeable as to be intolerable, however, you may find yourself forced to quit. Under California law, this is called a constructive discharge. Learn about the possibility of bringing a constructive discharge claim in Los Angeles as a wrongful termination cause… read more

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 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 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 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 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 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 more