There are a number of benefits to registering a trademark and these are generally different from those of registering a copyright. They include preventative protection from “copycats” as well as legal rights for the trademark owner that would not exist absent a trademark registration. Since a trademark is a visible symbol of your product or service, a registered trademark is easier to find in a trademark availability search, preventing others from using … Read More
In an ethnically diverse state such as California, many workplaces employ individuals who speak a language other than English. While employers in California are clearly prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of the employee’s race or national origin, the law is less clear when it comes to workplace rules regarding language. So, is it legal for an employer to ban employees from speaking a language other than English in the … Read More
I believe my employer is guilty of violation of the Labor Law and want to file a complaint about my employer with law enforcement but I am afraid of getting fired. What are my rights?
Often, employees who want to file complaints with the labor board regarding their working conditions are afraid of retaliation by their employer. This is a valid concern but you must know that the state of California has put laws in place protecting such employees from retaliatory discipline if they report violations of law by their employer. As an employee in the State of California, you have the right to speak to representatives of … Read More
With the growing number of businesses who do not report correct information regarding their employees and revenues, wage theft in California has become rampant. Wage theft is any type of deliberate underpayment to an employee by an employer of wages legally entitled to an employee. This can occur when employees are not paid for the hours they worked or are not allowed meal or rest breaks. The CA Labor Commissioner’s office along … Read More
What if I am disabled by pregnancy and my employer discriminated against me because of it? What are the eligibility requirements for pregnancy disability? What benefits may I receive?
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