Category Archives: General Labor and Employment

Our Los Angeles attorneys practice general labor and employment law.

Do I Need an Employment Law Attorney?

When do you actually need an employment attorney to help with your case? Reasons You May Need an Employment Lawyer Employment law is complex and there are several deadlines you need to meet in order to pursue your case. Unless you spend some serious time researching these laws for your state, it is a wiser idea to let someone handle it who knows what they are doing. There are many facets of employment law that you may not know about. Some employment laws are confusing, and you may end up having a case that you did not even realize you had. Additionally, there are some laws that you think exist, but actually do not. If ever you think you might have a case, it is best to run it by a lawyer. If your employer is not taking your claim seriously, a lawyer can help straighten that situation out for…
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How to Fight Against Discrimination in the Workplace

Facing discrimination in the workplace is a difficult and stressful situation. Discrimination can take a number of forms, from discrimination based on race to national origin to sexual orientation to pregnancy and more. If you are facing discrimination in the workplace, you should know that you have rights, and those rights are being infringed upon by whoever is committing discriminatory acts. If you believe you are being unlawfully discriminated against, here’s what you can do: Make your employer aware that discrimination has occurred. Oftentimes, these illegal acts go unnoticed or unpunished by higher-ups in companies because the victims are too afraid to speak out. If the person who is unlawfully discriminating against you is your direct superior, don’t be afraid to speak to someone higher up. Tell your employer that not only do you believe discrimination is occurring, but that you intend to take the matter seriously. Demand that each…
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Can I Be Fired for Smoking Marijuana While Off the Job?

Recreational weed is legal – but can you still be fired for smoking marijuana on your own time? Do recreational marijuana laws mean that employers are not allowed to discriminate based on your use of the drug? The answer? It depends on your employer. Employers still have a lot of freedom in crafting their own marijuana policies. Companies are still allowed to drug test employees and potential applicants, and are allowed to fire them or refuse to hire them if they test positive for marijuana. And even if you do work at a weed-friendly company, employers can still fire you if they don’t want you consuming during the work day. What about medical marijuana? If you have a prescription for medical marijuana, unfortunately, there are still no state laws protecting your employment. Employers are not required to accommodate medical marijuana users. Even if you can present evidence of a doctor’s…
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