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January 2012 Archives

Court rules in favor of woman fired for working during lunch

California employers are responsible for following their own policies regarding employees' rights in the workplace in addition to federal and state labor and employment laws. Because these laws can be complex, even for human resources departments, it is important that employees seek legal guidance if they believe that their rights have been violated in any way.

More employees at risk of being punished for social media use

Social media has certainly had an effect on employment law issues over the past few years as more individuals use social media websites on a daily basis for personal and professional purposes. Celebrities and professional athletes have lost contracts as a result of their comments on Facebook and Twitter, and lawsuits have been filed by employees who have lost their jobs or been denied jobs as a result of what employers discovered on these social media sites. But can employees and potential employees in California and throughout the entire U.S. be disciplined or fired for their "private" comments on social media sites?

Part one: Are California employers complying with employment laws?

State and federal employment and labor laws can certainly be complex and difficult to keep up with because of constant changes, but it is the responsibility of all employers in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California to make sure that their policies conform to current laws and that these policies are enforced in the workplace.

Company sued by employee after she was fired during jury duty

Can employees in the U.S. be fired for not showing up to work while they do their civic duty of reporting to jury duty? Although many states do protect employees' jobs while they are called to serve jury duty, one woman recently filed a lawsuit against her employer claiming that she was fired after she was selected as a jury member for a trial.

Four women claim sexual harassment at Chick-Fil-A in Chula Vista

If you have been reading our San Diego employment law blog for awhile now, you may have realized that sexual harassment in the workplace and other violations of employees' rights happen all too often. In many cases, employees continue to return to a hostile work environment because they do not understand their rights or because they are afraid to speak up about the wrongdoings of a manager.

Alleged sexual harassment charges against car dealership

A complaint has been filed by two former employees in California against a car dealership they used to work for. Allegations include sexual harassment toward the employees, as well as other workers, from employers. Numerous other alleged violations against the rights of employees have also been exposed in the lawsuit.

California employers can't check credit reports on all applicants

Those who are looking for jobs this New Year in California may be relieved to know that companies can no longer check the credit reports of job applicants unless the position with the company meets specific requirements. This not only means that more applicants may have a greater chance of landing the jobs they want this year, but it may also ensure better privacy protections for potential employees.