• The Difference Between Workplace Bullying & a Hostile Work Environment

    Many times, the terms “workplace bullying” and “hostile work environment” are used interchangeably to define poor treatment of an employee that is either instigated by the employer or by employees who are not prevented by the employer from treating a co-worker poorly. Legally, there is a distinct difference between these two, as the court will […]

  • The Types of Breach of Contract You Should Be Aware Of

    In the business world, particularly for those who deal with a lot of contracts with vendors, employees, or even customers, it is only a matter of time before someone fails to meet the requirements of the contract. While the reasons why one party in the agreement was unable to hold up his or her end […]

  • What Is Considered Circumstantial Evidence in Discrimination Cases?

    Illegal employment discrimination only rarely happens out in the open. More often, employers and supervisors try to conceal the discriminatory purpose of the adverse employment actions they take against employees and prospective employees. Rather than telling a woman she’s been let go because of her pregnancy, they come up with excuses about downsizing and poor […]

  • Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable in California?

    Generally speaking, non-compete agreements (also sometimes called non-competition agreements, or simply non-competes) are not enforceable in California against former employees. However, those agreements can be enforced against others, including former business partners, former members of a limited liability company, and parties to the sale of a business. In addition, in some circumstances California courts may […]

  • 5 Common Workplace Retaliation Tactics

    People always say to listen to your gut. If your gut tells you that you are the victim of workplace retaliation, listen. Retaliation can take many forms so it may not always be clear to you if you are suffering from workplace retaliation. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, workplace retaliation is the most […]

  • How to Recognize and Combat Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

    Across the world, over 1 billion people are currently living with some form of disability. The World Health Organization reports this number is increasing every single day. Unfortunately, people with disabilities don’t just face everyday challenges related to their disability, often, they are subject to workplace discrimination. If you believe you or someone you love […]

  • 8 Things Employees and Employers Need to Know About Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

    Most Sacramento-area businesses and their workers generally understand that religious discrimination in the workplace is illegal. They may not, however, have full knowledge of the scope of the protections laws and regulations afford to religious practices in connection with employment, and what types of decisions and conduct might constitute religious discrimination at work.  Here are […]

  • Sexual Harassment Happens in the Virtual Workplace, Too

    Remote work is here to stay. Businesses left with no choice but to find ways to survive during the pandemic turned to virtual technologies to keep them on course. After some initial growing pains, many businesses see little reason to backtrack now that their employees have adapted to staying productive via Zoom, Slack, and GoToMeeting […]

  • How Should I Report Sexual Harassment at My Job?

    Sexual harassment in the workplace is a growing problem. According to the EEOC, over 7,500 sexual harassment claims were filed in 2018, a 14 percent increase from the previous year.  Pew Social Trends reports that 27% of men and 59% of women experienced harassment. More than half of women report sexual harassment in the workplace […]

  • How Can I Prove I am Being Discriminated Against at Work?

    Discrimination may occur in many forms and in various ways. The warning signs may be subtle but damaging.  Anti-discrimination laws exist to prevent discrimination against particular groups of people, known as protected groups or protected classes. Various anti-discrimination laws differ in regard to protected groups and the prohibited type of discrimination. Discrimination means that the […]