Los Angeles Employment And Labor Newsletters

Is It Discrimination When Your Employer Pays Someone Else More Than You?

President Obama announced the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that allows individuals who become victims of pay discrimination to sue their employers easier. The new act is named after a former Goodyear Tire and Rubber employee who had a lawsuit for pay discrimination. The former employee claimed she was paid less than her colleagues on the grounds of being ranked lower than others are. Even though she lost the case in a Supreme Court ruling, the former Goodyear employee is still able to utilize the new act to gain a favorable outcome. Definition Of Equal Pay Under the Equal Pay Act, employers must pay workers at the same rate. However, a Los Angeles discrimination attorney will tell you that the act does not require the employees to receive equal compensation. For instance, if two people have a sales job and one receives more money because they sold…
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California Minimum Wage

The California minimum wage law includes a minimum pay of $8.00 per hour. There are very specific wage laws governing what employers in the state must pay. These include: Overtime pay after eight hours of work per day, or after 40 hours per week A worker putting in a seventh day of the week must be paid time and a half for the first eight hours on the seventh day A worker putting in a seventh day of the week must be paid double time after eight hours on the seventh day There is an exemption to the rule requiring overtime pay after a worker works eight hours in a given day. A worker who is assigned a four day/10 hour work week is not obligated to receive the eight hour overtime payment. In California, this rule holds true only if the company established its four day work week prior…
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How To Handle Non-Sexual Harassment And A Hostile Workplace

Not all harassment is sexual harassment. Although it incredibly pervasive and tends to make headlines, sexual harassment is only one form of illegal behavior that can go on in the workplace. “Harassment” is a blanket term that describes all unwanted conduct that is unlawful, but it is important to understand that not every bad behavior engaged in by an employer qualifies as harassment. While employers are free to be unpleasant, any Los Angeles employment lawyer will tell you that harassing behavior based on a protected status of the employee opens employers up to liability. Protected classes include: Race Age Color or ethnicity Sexual orientation Disability Some types of harassment include off-color or racist jokes, name-calling or sending offensive cartoons or pictures to employees. Harassment can also encompass any action that makes the terms and conditions of employment more difficult for members of a protected class. California requires employers to take…
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Our Los Angeles Employment Lawyers Discuss the Anti-Discrimination Settlement Between Houston Community College and the Justice Department

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on January 31 that it had reached a settlement agreement with Houston Community College (HCC) over allegations that the college violated the Immigration and Nationality Act’s anti-discrimination provision. The department began investigating the college, which employs approximately 6,000 workers across 20 campuses, after an individual filed a charge alleging that HCC had discriminated against her during the hiring process. The DOJ discovered that “for at least the last two years, HCC has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by requiring non-U.S. citizens to provide specific documentation establishing their work authority, while not making similar demands from U.S. citizens.” The department did not find, however, that the woman who filed the charge had herself been “a victim of the discriminatory practice.” Per the settlement agreement, HCC will pay $83,600 in civil penalties and will create a $20,000 fund to cover back pay compensation…
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