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California man was subjected to discrimination, retaliation

When Californians think about workplace discrimination, they often think of the major forms of discrimination, including race, ethnicity, gender, and age. Yet, the term "discrimination" may encompass a much broader realm than that. For this reason, those who believe they have been discriminated against at work need to fully understand their legal rights and how best to act on them.

The law dictates when wages must be paid

Far too many Californians are living paycheck-to-paycheck. These individuals and their families rely on consistent and timely payment of their wages just to make ends meet. When they aren't paid when they are supposed to be paid, they can face devastating financial consequences. They may miss their rent or mortgage payment, be late on their car payment, and even struggle to keep the lights on and put food on the table. Yet, late payments can affect all employees in California, which is why the state has implemented laws regulating when workers must be paid.

Employee rights violated? Consider turning to an attorney

Many Californians go to work every day just happy that they have a job. For many of these individuals, job security is everything, and rocking the boat in anyway is something they actively avoid. Yet, it is situations like these that allow employers to devoid workers of their employee rights. Workers may be denied breaks, proper accommodations, and fair treatment. When this happens, workers need to be sure to stand up for their rights. As scary as it can be, depending on the circumstances, the law may be on their side, providing them with an outlet and a remedy.

What is the rest period requirement in California?

Workers in California are afforded a number of rights, many of which employees are unaware of. However, simply because they may not know about them does not mean that they should not be given what they are guaranteed under the law. This includes minimum wage and freedom from sexual harassment and discrimination. But, as we have discussed previously on this blog, it can also mean being provided a place to breastfeed and, for agricultural workers, having access to fresh, cool water.

Bill O'Reilly's firing highlights culture of sexual harassment

Readers of this blog may be well aware of the recent stories emerging about the alleged sexual harassment perpetrated by Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly. According to reports, Fox News has paid out approximately $13 million over the last several years to settle five claims of sexual harassment perpetrated by O'Reilly. Now, the network has fired O'Reilly.

How does the employment law protect those with disabilities?

Millions of Americans live with disabilities. These conditions can not only make it difficult to carry out the physical tasks of day-to-day life, but they can also leave an individual on unsteady financial footing. For some of these individuals, Social Security disability benefits may be an option. For others, though, they may either not qualify for SSD benefits, or they may want to do everything they can to remain in the workforce. For these disabled individuals, finding work can be a challenge. Not because they don't qualify for the jobs they seek, but, rather, because employers improperly discriminate against them based on their medical condition.

Employee rights for breastfeeding mothers

Over the last several decades, more and more women have entered the workforce. For new mothers, leaving their child to return to work can be emotionally tough. During a time when they are trying to readjust to their role as employee and mother, they may require special accommodations. Specifically, women who are breastfeeding their children may need to utilize some of their time at work to express breast milk.

Our firm fights for those wronged by their employers

Everyone is entitled to a workplace that is free from discrimination. This ideal is reflected in state and federal law, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, ethnicity, and religion. It is also illegal to create a hostile work environment and to retaliate against employees for filing complaints. Yet, it doesn't take a genius to recognize that many employers and workers fail to adhere to these laws. The news is riddled with stories about sexual harassment lawsuits and a variety of forms of workplace discrimination.

Age discrimination may be more common than many think

Applying for a new job can be stressful. The list of questions on an application can be extensive, and submitting a resume can be an overwhelming process. Yet, when Californians apply for a position, they expect to be judged based on their education and experience. While many employers adhere to this standard, others base their decisions in ways that are discriminatory in nature. While most are familiar with sex and race discrimination, another type of workplace discrimination seems to be becoming more common: age discrimination.

What are the FLSA's recordkeeping rules?

It wasn't that long ago that workers had very few, if any, protections in the workplace. They were expected to work grueling hours for little pay, and employers were free to discriminate against and harass employees at their discretion. Fortunately, the federal and state governments have taken steps to increase worker protections. Perhaps the biggest piece of legislation to further employee rights is the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA has a lot of provisions, though, which can make it hard to understand. This week we will look at one section of the FLSA that may be important to those who have been mistreated by their employers.