Tip Practices in California: What is Legal?
A tip in the workplace is an additional sum of money given to an employee as gratuity from a customer. It is not a wage given to an employee by an employer. Employers do not regulate tip amounts from patrons. A tip can be any amount the patron believes is appropriate for the good or… read moreRead More
Can You Be Fired While on Leave With Disability?
California’s employment laws and employee protections are relatively progressive compared to most other states. State laws protect the rights and needs of people with disabilities in the workplace in California. One of these laws protects you from job termination for unlawful or discriminatory reasons related to your disability. It may surprise you to discover, however,… read moreRead More
California’s Time Off Laws for Victims of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can wreak havoc on a survivor physically, mentally and emotionally. It can lead to the need for a change in lodging or living situation, as well as a legal battle against the perpetrator. As an employee in the State of California, you have the legal right to take time off work for all… read moreRead More
Wrongful Termination: How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
In California, an employer does not need a reason to terminate your employment. Under the state’s at-will employment law, your boss can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. State law does, however, prohibit certain reasons for terminating a worker’s employment. It is illegal, for example, to fire someone based solely on… read moreRead More
Can My Employer Fire Me If I Get the Coronavirus?
The United States currently has the highest numbers coronavirus cases in the world. As of mid-August 2020, the US has reported close to 5.2 million coronavirus cases and 165,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19, contracted the illness from a… read moreRead More
The 5 Most Common Types of Workplace Discrimination in California
Workplace discrimination refers to an employer, manager or supervisor treating an employee differently because of his or her sex, gender, gender identity, age, disability or another protected category. Discrimination is a common issue in workplaces in California. In 2018 alone, the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) received 27,840 complaints regarding discrimination and… read moreRead More
LGBTQ+ Title VII Supreme Court Ruling & California Employment Law
In a landmark case for LGBTQ+ rights, the United States Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2020 that employers cannot terminate someone’s employment simply for being gay, lesbian or transgender. The anti-discrimination ruling came after the majority found gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation to fall under the protections of Title VII of the… read moreRead More
Qualifying for Partial Unemployment in California
Unemployment insurance offers a type of financial benefit that may be available to an employee who loses his or her job or has a reduction in pay or hours. In California, an employee may file a claim for unemployment benefits in certain situations, such as if the worker loses his or her job in a… read moreRead More
What Is Wage Theft?
Wage theft is a serious crime against employees in California. Unlawfully denying an employee’s wage rights is often a way to increase a company’s profitability. It is a wrongdoing that could lead to financial hardship for victimized workers. The Fair Labor Standards Act is the main law against wage theft in the U.S. What is… read moreRead More
Can an At-Will Employee Be Wrongfully Terminated?
It is against the law to terminate someone’s employment for an illegal reason. In at-will employment states, however, an employer needs no reason to fire a worker. While it can be more difficult for an at-will employee to win a wrongful termination case than one operating with an employment contract, it is not impossible. It… read moreRead More