Sexual harassment victims often face retaliation, termination

Many victims of sexual harassment are reluctant to come forward about their experiences because they fear that doing so may result in job loss or a hostile work environment, among other repercussions. Studies show that they have a reason to feel that way, with a high percentage of sexual harassment claimants experiencing unfavorable or unfair …

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What is substantially similar work under the Fair Pay Act?

Whether a situation violates the California Fair Pay Act hinges on whether you and a counterpart do substantially similar work. According to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, the Fair Pay Act requires that workers doing substantially similar work receive the same pay. You may have a claim if you feel your pay …

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How does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act protect you?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act or PDA provides you with protection against discrimination in the workplace when you are pregnant, explains the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It applies to hiring, pay, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits and all aspects of employment. Unfortunately, not all employers or supervisors honor the PDA and discrimination still occurs in …

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Reasonable accommodations and disability discrimination

If you are disabled or your spouse is struggling with a disability, make sure you have a firm understanding of employer obligations with respect to reasonable accommodations. Regrettably, many disabled workers’ rights are violated and some do not even recognize unlawful activity when it occurs. Disability discrimination creates various hardships for victims, from financial complications …

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Can an employer’s I-9 process be discriminatory?

With few exceptions, employers in the U.S. must complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for all employees they hire. Because hiring unauthorized workers may violate federal law, the I-9 confirms employers have verified the identities and work authorization of all new employees. Unfortunately, when going through the I-9 process, employers sometimes either intentionally or inadvertently …

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California amends labor codes in favor of whistleblowers

Whistleblower protections allow employees the freedom of action to report on unfair or illegal happenings in their company since doing so may jeopardize their employment under a spurned employer. From sexual harassment in the workplace to environment-threatening waste practices, it is vital to give these people a voice to expose wrongdoing. But if they do …

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Have you experienced sexual harassment?

California workers like you deserve safe work environments, free from harassment of all sorts. Many workplaces promise to protect you from these malicious and potentially dangerous behaviors. Unfortunately, not all of them follow through. Many workplaces do not offer true protection from harassment. This reflects in the amount of people who suffer from harassing behaviors …

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Employment contracts and worker rights

Even though California workers have specific rights protected by state law, not all employers succeed at enforcing policies to protect those rights. Ongoing conflict may ensue when employees lack adequate support from their employers. Employment contracts play a key role in defining expectations within an employer/employee relationship. They can provide a reference when concerns or …

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