Los Angeles Employment And Labor Newsletters

How Can I File a Complaint with the California Labor Board?

Every worker in the state of California has legal rights. When a worker feels that an employer acted unlawfully against them or violated their workplace rights, the first course of action any employee has is to file a complaint with the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency. The agency that handles the most labor complaints in California is the Department of Industrial Relations. The filing process is generally the same for most situations that occur in the workplace, but there are some important differences between filing a discrimination claim and an unfair wage claim. A Los Angeles employment attorney can work with you to help determine the best course of action before, during and after you file your complaint. How Do I File a Discrimination Complaint Against My Employer? When filing a claim for discrimination or retaliation, all an employee has to do is fill out the complaint form available…
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Understanding Age Discrimination

Although Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 to protect employees ages 40 and up, age discrimination continues to persist in the U.S. Some older adults find themselves pushed out of their jobs, while others find it difficult to get hired. If you are the victim of age discrimination, a Los Angeles employment attorney can protect your rights. What Are Some Examples Of Age Discrimination? Under federal law, a person cannot be discriminated against because of his or her age at any stage of employment. Your age should not determine if or how you are’ Hired Trained Paid Offered benefits Assigned a position or duties Promoted Fired or laid off Basically, no term or condition of employment should be contingent upon your age. That being said, certain government workers − like firefighters, police and air traffic controllers − as well as executives making over $44,000 a year,…
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Fighting Racial Discrimination In The Workplace

Racial discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer treats an employee or applicant differently than others because of his or her race or racial characteristics. Discrimination can also stem from company policies which adversely affect employees differently based on race. Employees subjected to race discrimination may be entitled to relief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or under state anti-discrimination laws, depending on the size of the employer. Employment discrimination based on race, ethnicity or skin color can occur at any stage of employment, including hiring, firing, laying off, promoting, assigning benefits, determining compensation, assigning job duties or training. Examples include: Assigning employees of a particular race, ethnicity or skin color to certain establishments or geographic regions Classifying employees to keep those of a particular race, ethnicity or skin color away from customers or other employees and/or to limit them to certain jobs, positions or…
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California Laws Related to Maternity Leave

We have come a long way since the days when a woman had to choose between raising a family and pursuing her career. While we still have a great deal of ground to cover, the law provides several protections for female employees seeking maternity leave. When employers deny the proper leave, they are violating the rights of their workers, and they become liable for pregnancy discrimination. Our Los Angeles employment attorneys wish to educate the public about their rights as expectant and new mothers in the workplace. Federal laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) ensure that a female worker who becomes pregnant can take up to 12 weeks of leave without losing her position or giving up her insurance coverage, as long as she has worked at that business for a year and the business meets certain threshold criteria. In addition to the FMLA,…
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