Is my credit report the reason I can’t get a job?

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s a hill that feels impossible to climb: You have made some financial mistakes in the past, and your credit suffered as a result. Since then, you’ve gone back to school, worked hard and set some financial goals. Even so, you are having a tough time finding a higher-paying job, even though you interview well. [...]

California overtime laws: What you need to know

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Nearly every worker older than 18 is entitled to overtime pay in California. State law mandates that employees cannot work more than eight hours per day, or 40 hours per week, without being paid overtime wages. What is the amount of overtime in California? Under state law, overtime is one-half times a worker’s regular rate [...]

Sexual harassment in 2016 goes outside the office

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

It wasn’t so long ago that sexual harassment at work rarely went beyond office doors. An employee who felt offended or threatened could escape to the sanctuary of his or her own home. But that’s no longer the case. Welcome to sexual harassment in the technology age. Sexual harassment, like school bullying, can now follow [...]

Ninth Circuit Finds California Company Can’t Force Employees To Give Up Right To File Employee Class Action Claims

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

In many employment contracts there lies an inconspicuous provision that many employees would never notice. It is known as an ‘arbitration agreement”. This clause states that by signing the agreement, the employee gives up his or her right to sue the employer in a class action lawsuit. Instead, the employee agrees to settle differences with [...]

New State Law Aimed At Age Discrimination May Be Unconstitutional

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Discimination|

California’s entertainment industry is one of its most profitable sectors. Profits from Hollywood studios and other parts of the industry pour an estimated $294 billion into the state’s economy every year, and it is estimated that the entertainment industry employs one out of every ten Californians. While the industry is profitable, it is not without [...]

Is it Racial Discrimination to Fire an Employee for a Hairstyle? Federal Appellate Court Says No

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Discimination|

Certain hairstyles are traditionally associated with a certain race or ethnicity. In particular, hairstyles like cornrows, dreadlocks, and afros are associated with African American culture, and many individuals who wear these styles take great pride in using their hair to express their cultural identity and heritage. When a hairstyle is linked to a cultural identity, [...]

Can Your Employer Forbid You From Talking Politics At Work?

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 15th, 2016|General Labor Law|

With the presidential election around the corner, politics are on many people’s minds. While talking politics always has the potential to be contentious, this year’s election has brought out strong emotions in voters. To minimize the amount of conflict in the workplace, some employers have forbidden workers from discussing politics while on the clock. But [...]

New Law Protects Employees’ Right to Have Legal Claims Heard Inside the State

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 10th, 2016|General Labor Law|

The state of California has the sixth-largest economy in the world. In 2015, the state recorded $2.42 trillion in gross domestic product, beating out the economies of France, India, and Brazil. The state’s success comes from the thriving entertainment and technology industries, and has continued to grow as the economy recovers from the country’s recession. [...]

NLRB Rules That Grad Students, Teaching Assistants Can Unionize

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Wage and Hour|

At any given time, there are thousands of graduate students across the country working as teaching and research assistants. These students may conduct college courses, perform research in a lab, or work with professors on special projects. In exchange, the grad students usually receive a relatively small stipend and course credit. For many graduate students, [...]

Fox News Settles Allegations of Sexual Harassment for $20 Million

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Sexual Harassment|

21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, recently announced that the company had agreed to pay $20 million to former news anchor Gretchen Carlson to settle allegations of sexual harassment she made against former CEO Roger Ailes. 21st Century Fox also offered a public apology to Carlson and praised her performance at the [...]

Can A California Employee File A Wrongful Termination Lawsuit After Legal Marijuana Use?

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Wrongful termination|

Medical marijuana has been legal in California for almost two decades. While it may be almost commonplace at the state level, it is still illegal according to the federal government. As a result, medical marijuana use is a murky area of employment law that is still undergoing change. Recently, a federal judge in California allowed [...]

New Overtime Rules Go Into Effect For Agricultural Workers

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Wage and Hour|

For many people, the state of California brings to mind sunny beaches, perfect weather, wine tours and celebrity sightings. The majority of the state, however, much more rural and agricultural than it is portrayed in the media. Due to California’s long growing season and favorable soil conditions, the state provides much of the country’s produce. [...]

What Tasks Are Minor? Calif. Supreme Court to Review De Minimus Wage Claims

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

People who are not paid a salary and earn an hourly wage often have to perform small tasks before or after a shift at work. For instance, a server in a restaurant may be required to put on an apron and a name tag before clocking in for a shift. For years, judges and employers [...]

Ninth Circuit Finds California Company Can’t Force Employees To Give Up Right To File Employee Class Action Claims

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|Class Action|

In many employment contracts there lies an inconspicuous provision that many employees would never notice. It is known as an ‘arbitration agreement”. This clause states that by signing the agreement, the employee gives up his or her right to sue the employer in a class action lawsuit. Instead, the employee agrees to settle differences with [...]

When Must Your Employer Reimburse You For Business-Related Expenses?

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 26th, 2016|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

In California, employees are entitled to be reimbursed if they incurred expense or losses on behalf of their employer or during their regular work duties. For instance, California law gives workers the right to be reimbursed for things like equipment, training, travel, uniforms, or other work materials. If you are required to spend money in [...]

Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Against Head of Fox News

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful termination|

Fox news journalist Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of the company after alleging that she was fired for refusing to participate in a sexual relationship with him. Carlson joined Fox News in 2005, where she worked as a television journalist for 11 years. [...]

Class Action Lawsuit Accuses California State Agency of Systemic Gender Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Class Action, Discimination, General Labor Law|

A group of California women have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the entire California workers’ compensation system, alleging widespread and systemic discrimination in the way women are compensated for injuries that occur at work. The case, Page et al. v. Parisotto et al. alleges that the workers’ compensation system routinely attributes work-related injuries to the [...]

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Statute of Limitations for Employee Discrimination Claims

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Discimination, Wrongful termination|

The U.S. Supreme Court recently address the issue of when the statute of limitations begins to run for civil servants who want to file a discrimination claim against their employer. The Court held 7-1 that the statute of limitations begins on the date of the action which was alleged to be discriminatory. The case involved [...]

Can Employees Waive Their Right to Bring A Class Action Lawsuit?

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Class Action, General Labor Law|

It is not uncommon for an employment contract to include various terms that dictate how disputes between an employer and an employee should be resolved. Many employment agreements contain arbitration clauses that force workers to settle most types of disputes outside of court in front of a neutral arbitrator. The contract may also dictate which [...]

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Protects Employees From Another Level of Employment Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law|

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is a federal statute that was enacted in 2008 to protect employees and other individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of his or her genetic information. As genetic testing gets more advance, it is becoming more common for people to have their genetic information tested. For example, [...]