Los Angeles Employment And Labor Newsletters

Did Your Employer Break Whistleblowing Laws?

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited and fined Norfolk Southern Railway for $1.1 million due to the company’s violation of federal whistle blowing laws. It was discovered that three of Norfolk’s employees were wrongfully terminated for reporting injuries they had suffered on the job. Do You Have the Right to Blow the Whistle? The three employees at the center of OSHA’s decision were found to have been wrongfully terminated in the wake of suffering injuries while working and reporting them to management. In particular, two of the workers initially thought they had only received minor wounds, but when they began experiencing significant pain, they sought medical treatment and subsequently notified management of their on-the-job injuries. The company unlawfully fired them under the pretense that they had intentionally misrepresented their injuries. Part of OSHA’s fines against the company included compensation for the pain, suffering, back…
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Can Employees Lose Their Jobs for Using Medical Marijuana?

Ask a Los Angeles Employment Attorney California is one of only 20 states that authorize the use of medical marijuana. There are hundreds of thousands of people across the state who use cannabis and its related products to treat a number of severe medical conditions. However, many patients using medical marijuana have found that their employers prohibit its use by not recognizing it as a “medical product.” In some situations, employees may be able to seek legal action against employers that do not allow them to use medical marijuana if it is prescribed by a healthcare professional. It is in your best interest to not attempt any legal action without first seeking counsel from a Los Angeles employment attorney. Can Employees Be Fired for Using Medical Marijuana? Although many states, including California, legalized marijuana for medical purposes, very few of these states actually protect against termination on the basis of…
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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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What Is It Like To Be The Victim Of Workplace Bullying?

Employment Lawyers Review this Common Form of Harassment Imagine going to work every day and being bullied for your gender, sexual orientation, skin color or disability. This scenario unfolds for almost 37 million American workers, according to a survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute. The same survey suggests slightly over 72 percent of employers do nothing to stop the bullying, which would constitute unlawful workplace harassment. In some cases, employers retaliate and fire employees who raise red flags when they are being bullied. For bullied employees, coming into work involves fear, shame and guilt, many times for things beyond their control. Supervisors and coworkers might single out one employee, and criticize his or her work ethic, performance or appearance. The consequences of workplace bullying can cause severe emotional and physical distress in victims. In an interview with the Orange County Register, one employee described being called “fat trailer trash” by…
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