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Can I be discriminated against because of my criminal record?

Posted 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 suggest that at least half of employers require background checks before officially hiring an employee. To battle … Read More

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Can I Sue My Employer If I Resign?

Posted on April 12, 2016

What if your employer created a work environment so hostile and intimidating that you did not want to go to work to face him or her anymore?  Many employees faced with the same scenario believe that they have no options.  If they ultimately get terminated, they may have an avenue to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit.  But, if they resign, how could they possibly have legal recourse if they left their place … Read More

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Can I take a leave from work to care for my child?

Posted on April 4, 2016

More than 65% of households in the United States are dual-income households.  Many of these households consist of at least one child.  In a nation that has seen a steep rise in both parents holding full time jobs, it comes as no surprise that state leave laws in the employment context, particularly those laws affecting children, have shifted accordingly. California is no exception and, in fact, has a number of family-friendly laws … Read More

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Who Is My Employer?

Posted on September 4, 2015

Most employees can readily identify their employer. And, most employers can easily identify their own employees (or, they can check their records to figure it out). There are, however, some circumstances where an employee can have two employers and not even know it. Likewise, a business may have an employee and not be aware of it. How does this happen? It is a legal fiction and usually happens when two businesses work … Read More

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Two Categories of Sexual Harassment

Posted on August 4, 2015

Most of us have a broad understanding of what sexual harassment means in the workplace. The average person knows that it is unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s sex. The average person also knows the range of actions that could subject an employer or supervisor to liability such as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and so on. As transparent as this sounds, bringing sexual harassment claims can … Read More

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