Pregnancy is a protected trait under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). This means that an employer may not discriminate against you due to your pregnancy. You cannot be fired because of taking a leave from your job due to pregnancy. In addition, you may be entitled to certain benefits while on pregnancy leave. Eligibility for Pregnancy Disability Not every woman who becomes pregnant will be eligible for pregnancy disability. The … Read More
Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), an employer is prohibited from discriminating against an applicant or employee who is physically or mentally disabled. Employers must also provide reasonable accommodation for those applicants and employees who, because of their disability, are unable to perform the essential functions of their job. Employers must also engage in a timely, good faith interactive process in determining the essential functions of the job with applicants … Read More
A domain name can qualify as a trademark when it is used in connection with a website that offers services to the public. A question that our Los Angeles intellectual property lawyers commonly address is whether a website name can be a trademark. A domain name can qualify as a trademark when it is used in connection with a website that offers services to the public. However, only some types of commercial … Read More
I am being unfairly accused of inappropriate workplace misconduct. Could I get fired if I do not cooperate with my company’s investigation into the matter?
Here is a situation every employee dreads: you are wrongfully accused of workplace misconduct such as sexual harassment or discrimination by a subordinate at work and your boss tells you that your job is on the line if you don’t fully cooperate in the company’s investigation. You may feel betrayed, frustrated and unwilling to oblige in an investigation that you feel is unfair and unnecessary. Can your employer really terminate you if … Read More
The Basics of Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment “There are two theories upon which sexual harassment may be alleged: quid pro quo harassment, where a term of employment is conditioned upon submission to unwelcome sexual advances; and hostile work environment, where the harassment sufficiently alters the conditions of employment and create an abusive work environment.” “To prevail on a claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment, an employee must demonstrate that he … Read More