Los Angeles Employment And Labor Newsletters

Understanding Pregnancy Discrimination

Most people have probably heard of racial discrimination and sex discrimination, but some people may be unaware of the existence and persistence of pregnancy discrimination. This type of workplace discrimination occurs when an employer treats a female employee or applicant unfairly because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to either. Pregnancy discrimination is not only morally wrong, it is also illegal. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is a 1978 amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It forbids discrimination based on pregnancy in all aspects of employment, including hiring and firing, layoffs and promotions, job assignments, pay determination, benefits and leave, and all other terms or conditions of employment. An employer is required to treat women who are temporarily unable to perform their job duties due to pregnancy or childbirth the same as it would treat any other temporarily disabled…
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What Are the Laws that Protect Entertainment Workers?

A Los Angeles Labor Attorney Explains As Los Angeles is located within the heart of the movie industry, it is common to see entertainment labor law cases in the courtroom. Moviemaking is a multi-billion dollar industry and due to that fact, Los Angeles is home to a large percentage of the nation’s entertainment employees. So, even if you do not work directly for the entertainment industry, there is a high chance that you are affected by the laws that govern it. If you have a wage dispute, harassment claim or similar workplace issue that you suffered while working in the entertainment industry, a Los Angeles employment attorney can explain your rights and help you explore your options for legal action. Entertainment Employee Rights Like any other industry, entertainment is subject to the California minimum wage, currently $8 an hour. However, the law also guarantees employees at least a half-day’s pay…
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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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Susceptible Startups by Richard S. Rosenberg and Douglas N. Silverstein

Los Angeles Employment Law Attorney Explains How Dot.Com Companies Demonstrate Vulnerability to Labor Issues From the Los Angeles Daily Journal For most of the past decade, startup and emerging growth companies rode an unprecedented wave of expansion. Amidst almost daily reports of newly minted “dot.com” millionaires, traditional brick and mortar enterprises watched helplessly as thousands of their employees traded in career paths and business suits for khakis and a bucket full of stock options. Enthused by the prospect of overnight riches and a casual work environment, a new 24/7 work culture took hold. Not surprisingly, many of these companies didn’t see the need to be concerned with mundane matters like labor law compliance. And, why should they? The thought of becoming the next dot.comer to retire made new economy workers and managers alike giddy with anticipation. Labor woes were the last thing on their minds. Indeed, all was good in…
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