February 2017

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Can My Employer Discriminate Against Me because of My Marital Status?

Posted on February 15, 2017

“Marital status” discrimination is exactly what it sounds like:  it is when an employer treats an applicant or employee differently because of their marital status, whether they are single, married, widowed, divorced, or unmarried with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner.  An employer might use an applicant or employee’s marital status to make decisions on hiring, assigning responsibilities, giving promotions, and giving bonuses.  If any of these decisions is based on the individual’s … Read More

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Does the Creator of a Copyrighted Work Always Own the Copyright?

Posted on February 3, 2017

A copyright is perhaps the greatest legal method of ensuring that you will receive credit for the work you created. A copyright is the legal term used for the rights given to the owner to reproduce, distribute, display, and create adaptations of a protected work. A few types of works that can be protected by copyright are literary works (for example novels, poems, articles, and plays), computer programs, films, musical compositions, paintings, … Read More

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What is the difference between “Disparate Treatment” and “Disparate Impact”?

Posted on February 3, 2017

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees for a variety of protected classes including, but not limited to: age, race, sex, gender identity, and marital status (See blog entitled “What is FEHA” for more details). Discrimination in the workplace can fall under the two categories of disparate treatment and disparate impact, and correctly deciphering which one you are experiencing is the first step in pursuing … Read More

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