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Pay and benefit discrimination still affects African-Americans

If people have been part of California's workforce for three or four decades, they can tell you that things are looking up for workers of all types. New labor laws protect employees' needs for medical care and proper rest times, and many members of protected classes now have recourse against discrimination.

New employee rights require new employer oversight

California's state government tries to go above and beyond in supporting employee rights in all industries to keep the state attractive to companies and workers alike. While U.S. laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act laid the foundation for modern labor protections, the Golden State often goes above national standards.

New labor laws take effect across California

It's a new year, and employees and managers are returning to work in every industry across the country. Workers and supervisors in California, as well as their human resource directors, are returning to a different world since several new laws are now on the books as of Jan. 1, 2018.

Ruling favors plaintiffs in workplace discrimination suits

People with different abilities are protected by universal rights to fair employment and housing. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against potential workers due to appearances or physical health, and employees who require assistance to work may expect management's help in engaging meaningfully with a job.

New hires in California receive anti-abuse guidelines

There are few events in life that require more rest and rebuilding than an instance of abuse or violence. Victims of dangerous behavior or discrimination, at home or in employment, have a right to an accepting workplace where laws are observed for the safety of its workers.

Can your boss cut your pay?

You get a job making $50 per hour. After two years on the job, instead of getting a raise, they tell you they want to cut your pay down to $25 per hour. It's a massive blow for you to absorb, and you may find yourself wondering if it's even legal.

Workplace sexual orientation discrimination in CA: 3 protections

As noted in an earlier post, the Supreme Court of the United States will likely be asked to review whether or not Title VII (also known as the Civil Rights Act) provides protection against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at the federal level. The fact that these protections are not always a given may cause some concern within the workplace. It is important to note that this single law is not the only form of protection available to workers. Additional protections, especially in California, are available.

Does title VII protect workers from sexual orientation discrimination?

In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) found bans on same-sex marriage at the state level unconstitutional. Our country's highest court stated that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states both allow and recognize same-sex marriages. These same justices that two years earlier struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act held that states must recognize same-sex marriages. But what does this mean in the real world? What does this mean for couples that can now openly marry the ones they love? Although their marriages are recognized, will they be protected from retaliation by employers?