Los Angeles Employment And Labor Newsletters

Am I Allowed to Take Breaks at Work?

Employment Attorney Explains Laws for Meal and Rest Periods Over two years ago, we posted a newsletter on the controversy over meal and rest periods in California. A current notable case causes us to explore meal break and rest period labor law once more. Recently, a company known as SpaceX, chosen by NASA to help ferry crew and staff to and from the International Space Station, was sued for allegedly violating California employment law on several counts. These suspected violations include the following: Scheduling workers so that they could not make full use of their meal breaks and rest periods Rounding timesheets to the closest 15-minute increment Possible denial of cumulative wages and overtime pay for an employee Not reimbursing employees who purchased their own tools for company work What are the Laws for Meal Breaks in California? California labor law includes the following rules regarding breaks for employees: Employers…
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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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Our Los Angeles Employment Lawyers Explain National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination occurs when an employer treats employees or applicants unfavorably because of their ancestry, ethnicity, or the country or region from where they come. Some employees and applicants become the target of National origin discrimination simply because they have a particular accent or because someone else makes assumptions about their ethnic background. National origin discrimination in the workplace is illegal. Victims of workplace discrimination may be entitled to compensation and should discuss their case with an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney. Examples of National origin discrimination include: Making hiring, firing and/or promotion decisions based on national origin Engaging in or allowing offensive conduct based on national origin, such as racial slurs, which contributes to a hostile work environment Making employment decisions based on a person’s accent, unless the accent prevents that person from performing essential job duties Requiring an applicant or employee to be fluent in English, unless…
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Understanding the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act allows private citizens to file qui tam lawsuits on behalf of the federal government against a person, company or entity they know to be cheating the government. As compensation for the risk and effort involved in blowing the whistle on government fraud, whistleblowers who file qui tam lawsuits receive a portion of the recovered funds. If you have evidence of fraud against the federal government, an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney can help you understand your rights under the False Claims Act. Examples of Government Fraud All of the following are violations of the False Claims Act: Presenting false or fraudulent claims for payment Using a false record or statement to obtain payment Conspiring with others to obtain payment for a false or fraudulent claim Using a false record or statement to avoid paying money or transferring property Billing for undelivered goods or services never rendered…
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