How To Beat The Heat - At Work

​It is no secret that California has been suffering from a serious heat wave this summer, breaking records with triple digit temperatures. Many of us are lucky enough to be working indoors with the air conditioning keeping us cool. However, there are countless California employees who have no choice but to work outside despite the grueling weather ...
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Employers Must Thoroughly Investigate Complaints Of Harassment, Discrimination, & Retaliation

​Do you feel as though your employer is not taking your complaints of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation seriously? Under Title VII and California's Fair Employment & Housing Act ("FEHA"), employers have an affirmative obligation to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. In addition, ...
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Touchdown Audi! Gender Equality Ad Leads To Audi’s Winning Drive

What do I tell my daughter? Do I tell her that her grandpa is worth more than her grandma? That her dad is worth more than her mom ? Do I tell her that despite her education, her drive, her skills, her intelligence… she will automatically be valued as less than every man she ever meets? Man in Audi Voiceover ​Super Bowl LI had millions of viewers o...
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Women & Sexual Harassment At The Workplace. Silence is Not Always Golden.

 Sometimes it starts with something that may seem as innocent as an introductory handshake perhaps a few seconds too long. Sometimes it's his hand grazing her arm or shoulder while commending her on her hard work. Sometimes it's a quick wink or what he claims is a friendly hug. Yet, at other times it could be something more aggressive, such as...
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#MakeItRain - CA State Minimum Wage Increased on January 1, 2017

Great news for employees. Not so great for employers. Effective January 1, 2017, the California minimum wage increased from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Although it doesn't seem like much and it definitely isn't enough to run out and buy a Ferrari, it did boost the earnings of about 11 percent of the ...
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At-Will Employees Can Be Wrongfully Terminated

If you're employed in California, chances are your employer likes to constantly remind you that your employment is at-will. Yes. California is an "at-will" employment state, meaning an employer generally can terminate your employment at any time for any reason or no reason at all. However, an employer cannot terminate an employee based on an unlawf...
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Paid Pregnancy Leave For Public-School Employees?

Isn't it ironic that teachers, who spend most of their time caring for other people's children, are often deprived of the opportunity to bond with their own children during a pregnancy or after giving birth? Currently, California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL) allows up to four (4) months of protected pregnancy leave if an employee is "dis...
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Obesity: A Covered “Disability” Under California Law

As most of us know, obesity has become a national epidemic and is increasing rapidly throughout the United States. With obesity being so prevalent, it is not surprising that those who suffer from obesity are often mistreated and/or singled out at the workplace. But are they protected under the law? Under the California Fair Employment & Housing...
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