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April 2015 Archives

Jury awards millions in gender bias case

We frequently write about the kinds of mistreatment that many Americans face on a regular basis in the workplace. Although the law prohibits discrimination, harassment and other forms of mistreatment under numerous circumstances, this kind of mistreatment persists. When workers who have suffered in the workplace are brave enough to speak up about their situations, they are not always rewarded for their efforts. Sometimes they experience indifference, additional mistreatment or they lose their cases in court due to some kind of technicality.

The pros and cons of hiring a friend to represent you

We frequently discuss the various kinds of illegal mistreatment that Americans often suffer in the workplace. If you have experienced discriminatory treatment, sexual harassment or mistreatment related to hours and compensation, you may be thinking about hiring an attorney to represent you. Generally, if you have any legal questions it is best to consult an attorney who can advise you in light of your unique circumstances.

California employment law: the wage and hour claim process

Many people in California are aware of the state's wage and hour laws. Not being compensated in full for the work that you've done or doing work without being paid at all are illegal. If they happen to you, you can file a claim against your employer to receive the compensation you deserve. Before you file a claim, however, it can be helpful to know what to expect. The following steps are a brief overview of the wage and hour claim process:

Dealing with sexual harassment at the workplace

Sexual harassment occurs in every profession. State and federal statistics report thousands of such incidents each year. Reporting sexual harassment, however, is seldom an easy process. Employees who file complaints also sometimes face negative consequences. This in turn discourages such individuals from filing complaints to begin with.

Can accountability end discrimination the federal workplace?

Workplaces across California are good at making it known when they do well in the areas of reducing discrimination and promoting equality. Large employers especially often sing their own praises when the number of women or people of color in high-level positions reaches a new high. While it is important to recognize the accomplishments that help make a workplace more equal, it is important that we not let those achievements overshadow the plights of people who continue to face discrimination as employees.

Court rules in favor of car dealership employees

Overtime protections are offered to many employees in California but some employees are exempt from these protections. A debate over customer service workers at car dealerships in the state has been resolved after the Ninth Circuit court ruled that these employees are not exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime protections. 

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