A previous post on this blog discussed the rights pregnant women have at the workplace. Unfortunately, despite the fact that employers really should no better, many companies in San Diego and throughout California still choose to put profit over doing the right thing and therefore may be reluctant to give pregnant women the rights they have under federal law and the laws of California. In really bad cases, they may even fire or other mistreat a pregnant employee.
A previous post here discussed our law firm's efforts to protect "whistleblower" employees in private California businesses. While the post applauded the bravery of workers who come forward and report their employer's violations of the law, it might be worth clarifying further who qualifies as a whistleblower under California law.
California and the federal government have all kinds of laws telling companies in San Diego and throughout the state what they can and cannot do. These laws are usually there to protect the public, individual employees and other people who either count on that company or, at least, expect a certain standard of behavior.
Just about any California employee working in the San Diego area has basic civil rights. Among these basic rights includes the right to medical leave, an environment free of unlawful discrimination and the prompt and accurate payment of wages, including overtime when an employee qualifies.
When checking the news in California and across the U.S. it is common to see sports coaches losing their jobs in both the professional and college ranks. While this is something that is fodder for talk shows and speculation, it is not always about work performance. Claims of employee rights violations can arise just as readily in the coaching industry as it can with other kinds of jobs. What those who are working in any kind of a job need to understand is that when there is a belief that workplace discrimination, wrongful termination or any other violation has taken place, they have the right to seek compensation in employment claims.