Remote Work: How Sexual Harassment Is Still an Ongoing Problem
After more than a year of COVID-19 practices, millions of workers are still working remotely. You might think that without physical interactions in a traditional workplace, there could not be sexual harassment. Yet sexual harassment is not only physical – but it can also happen virtually and over the phone. If you’ve experienced sexual harassment… read more
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 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 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 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 more
Can My Employer Fire Me If I Get the Coronavirus?
The United States currently has the highest number of 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… read 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 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 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 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 more