Protecting your rights in the workplace.

Year: 2016

What is the Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA) and What Does it Cover?
Posted in Employment Litigation,Firm News on December 9, 2016

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is the primary California law that prohibits employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace for a variety of protected categories.  For example, employer are not allowed to treat and employee differently based on the employee’s age (40 and over), ancestry, color, religion, disability, marital status, national origin,…

What Rights Do Transgender People Have in the Workplace?
Posted in Employment Litigation,Firm News on December 9, 2016

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) sets out the rules that protect employees from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by their employer. One categorical group that is covered under this Act is gender, gender identity, and gender expression.  Gender identity refers to the gender with which a person identifies.  It is essentially internal and…

Does An Employer Have A Duty To Accommodate An Employee Based On The Disability Of His Family Members?
Posted in Disability Discrimination,Firm News on November 1, 2016

There is no question that under federal and California employment laws, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees with disabilities.  In fact, employers have an affirmative obligation to take reasonable steps to accommodate the needs of an employee with a disability so that the disabled employee can do his job. The law has been less…

New Regulations Implemented for Constructing Employment Policies Against Harassment and Discrimination
Posted in Discrimination,Firm News on October 25, 2016

As of April 1, 2016, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council has implemented new regulations for constructing employment policies against harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  Any employer with five or more employees is required by law to have a written policy against harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and there are certain requirements…

How Much Break Time Does My Employer Have to Give Me?
Posted in Employment Litigation,Firm News on October 13, 2016

I recently asked my 6 year-old niece what was her favorite subject in school and she replied:  “Recess.”  Certainly, that is true for most 6 year-olds.  The same likely is the case for working adults. Research shows that taking breaks during work is important for mental health and concentration, and that taking breaks actually prevents employees from getting…

Does “Sexual Harassment” Need to be Driven by Sexual Desires?
Posted in Firm News,Sexual Harassment on August 16, 2016

When we hear the term “sexual harassment”, many of us tend to think about a situation where someone is exposed to unwanted, harassing conduct. We also tend to think of this conduct as sexually driven, whether it is through inappropriate touching or sexually explicit comments. This limited understanding of sexual harassment prevents us from recognizing…

Can I be discriminated against because of my criminal record?
Posted in Discrimination,Firm News on April 12, 2016

With the spotlight today on rehabilitation programs in prison, and programs to ease the transition back into society, it is no wonder that the law is evolving to protect those who have been previously in trouble with the law. Those with criminal records already face an uphill battle if they are applying for jobs. Surveys…