CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW BLOG

  • Remote Work and Sexual Harassment – It Can Happen Over the Computer

    The COVID pandemic forced the world to pivot and adapt. It changed the way we look at our lives and our careers. The traditional workplace had to be reevaluated as millions began to work from home. The evolution and adaptation to working remotely happened fast and, in most cases, seamlessly. As the perception of work […]

  • Paying Managers Overtime – What the Law Says

    What does California law have to say about paying managers overtime? It has been a long, arduous journey – and continues today – with the state appearing at the forefront of the U.S. in strengthening overtime policies for employees, despite opposition from employers and the state legislature.  The daily overtime rule dates back to 1918, […]

  • How Quickly Does an Employer Have to Pay a Terminated Employee?

    Employees lose their jobs all the time. Although some must face the unfortunate reality of being unemployed, so long as the employer acted lawfully, an employer has every right to terminate their employees. Nonetheless, the State of California and federal law have specific rules employers must abide by to properly discharge employees and provide them […]

  • Do Employers Always Have To Make Accommodations For Employees With Disabilities?

    The short answer is no. But it’s a little more complicated than that. The law is trying to level the employment playing field as much as possible for persons who are challenged with disabilities but who are otherwise fully capable of performing the responsibilities of employment.  An employer’s responsibility to accommodate the needs of an […]

  • Activision Blizzard and the Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Lawsuit

    Just because a company is a pioneer in the digital world does not mean it stays ahead of today’s legal requirements in the workplace to protect employees from sexual harassment and discrimination.  Take, for example, gaming and entertainment dynasty Activision Blizzard, which recently settled for an $18 million lawsuit in favor of its employee claimants […]

  • Your Step-by-Step Guide to Handling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in California

    Even in the post #MeToo era, sexual harassment is a pervasive problem for many workers. The presence of sexual harassment in the workplace can decrease employee efficiency and morale and leave workers feeling vulnerable to unwanted physical and mental abuse. Employees that believe they have been sexually harassed in the workplace should know the legal […]

  • Understanding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

    Pregnancy discrimination is a particularly awful form of discrimination because it targets a subset of employees and may deter those employees from considering pregnancy. Employers should not interfere with a woman’s right to conceive a child and should encourage pregnancy where appropriate. When facing this type of discrimination, women should understand their rights and protections […]

  • Workplace Vaccination Mandates – A Dilemma for Employers and Workers

    Since the U.S. Food Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or full authorized use for three COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen), a question has troubled employers: are we or should we mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for our employees? The question tries to strike a balance between ensuring employees’ safe working conditions; complying with […]

  • What Does Casual Racism Look Like in the Workplace?

    In modern society, most people know that they cannot be straight-out racist: that is, that they cannot deliberately discriminate on the basis of race, or that they cannot make outright racist comments. Nevertheless, racism persists in many environments. Influencer network FeedFeed was recently hit with workplace racism allegations.  ActionAid employees recently reported experiencing systemic racism. […]

  • Does the ADA Cover Psychiatric Disabilities?

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including schools, transportation, jobs, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of this law is to ensure that those with a disability have the same opportunities […]