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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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What is the Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA) and What Does it Cover?

Posted 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, race, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), and sexual orientation.  Most of these laws protect … Read More

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What Rights Do Transgender People Have in the Workplace?

Posted 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 encompasses the feelings one has about their own personal gender and can be an integral part of … Read More

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