Like many employment-related questions, the answer to this one is not so cut and dry.
Sometimes your workplace environment is so negative, hostile, and toxic that you feel you have no option but to quit. But what is your recourse if you feel you were subjected to harassment, discrimination, or retaliation during your employment?
The headlines are full of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against women in the workplace at the hands of big time producers, actors, music moguls and more. Why are women coming out with these allegations now when so many of them happened years ago, sometimes decades ago? Why are so many “jumping on the bandwagon,” as I have seen multiple social media and article comments ask?Read More
ARE YOU BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY OR UNFAVORABLY IN THE WORKPLACE BECAUSE OF YOUR DISABILITY OR NEED FOR ACCOMMODATION? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a powerful federal law that protects the rights of persons with disabilities. When it comes to your employment, California offers even more protections under the Fair Housing and EmploymentRead More
Back when I was a young woman in my early twenties, I worked for a local company in San Diego. I was proud of myself for working my way from a waitress to the business world, and was taking full time classes to earn my degree while working as a receptionist at a respected business. I eventually worked my way up to assisting high ranking individuals, and that is where I had my first encounter with blatant differential treatment because I was a woman….Read More
As employees, we’re taught that discussing pay is rude or unseemly. Some employers may even threaten your job for doing so, despite these threats being illegal in California. However, if you don’t know how much your coworkers are making, there is a very good chance you are a victim of pay discrimination. How do the numbers look? In the U.S.…Read More
There is vast confusion among workers in determining whether they are entitled to overtime pay and meal and rest periods. The IRS and Department of Labor identify lengthy factored tests for workers and employers to evaluate their entitlement and; respectively, legal obligations, however, these factors are weighted depending on the type of employer and the facts of the worker’s circumstances.…Read More
By Kurt Orzeck. Published on Law360, Los Angeles (October 6, 2015, 8:05 PM ET) — California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill that aims to close the wage gap in the Golden State and that supporters say has the toughest equal pay protections in the country. Brown’s office said in a statement on Tuesday that…Read More
By Kurt Orzeck Law360, Los Angeles (September 16, 2015, 5:21 PM ET) — A breast cancer survivor who claims Michaels Stores Inc. fired her after she applied for medical leave urged a California federal judge on Tuesday to certify a class of 230 disabled workers who she says are similarly situated. In a memorandum supporting her motion for class certification,…Read More
Dead on Your Feet? The California Supreme Court May Soon Let You Take a Seat Compared to those of our grandparents, the lives we lead today seem downright sedentary. But while today’s work environment is often less physically strenuous that in years past, it doesn’t necessarily follow that today’s jobs are free from fatiguing physiological stress and strain. One…Read More