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August 2015 Archives

Understanding wrongful termination

Wrongful termination is a phrase that is used often when discussing employment law because it allows individuals who unexpectedly lost their jobs to be compensated or reinstated depending on the circumstances. The general idea behind wrongful termination is that if you were unlawfully fired, then your rights as a worker were violated, and you should be compensated accordingly. The important distinction to make is that your termination was unlawful and not simply unfair.

Your rights as a pregnant employee

Pregnancy certainly comes with its challenges, not the least of which are things like morning sickness or constant aches, but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences of many individual's lives. They know that in a few short months, they will give birth to what is hopefully a healthy, beautiful baby. Whether you already have children or you're expecting your first child, there are many reasons to be excited about a pregnancy. Unfortunately, there are some reasons to be concerned about pregnancy if you are attempting to hold a job.

Sexual harassment may only be part of the problem

Both federal and state laws exist in order to protect the rights of employees, helping to ensure that workers are not bullied by their supervisors who feel that they can get away with anything. This is especially true in California, where many state laws exist to provide workers with protection against things like discrimination and harassment. While some people may look at specific issues on a case-by-case basis, the truth is that one issue is not always the only concern for employees.

What accommodations do employers not have to make?

Many Americans are likely familiar with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which establishes provisions and regulations by which employers must adhere to ensure that disabled individuals do not face discrimination in the workplace. Additionally, California's Fair Employment and Housing Act establishes even further protections for disabled workers. Both of these acts outline the reasonable accommodations that employers must make to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to perform the functions of their job.

What are California's whistleblower laws?

Whistleblowing refers to the act of informing others, particularly law enforcement officials, about illegal or shady business dealings that your employer is engaging in. Obviously if an employee discovers that their illegal actions have been reported to the authorities by an employee, they may seek to punish that employee either by firing them or harassing them at work. Fortunately for honest employees seeking to do the right thing, they do not need to worry that they will have to suffer such a fate.