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December 2012 Archives

Firing attractive, ugly workers not illegal in California

As we have mentioned before on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, employee contracts are generally considered to be at-will in California. This means employees can quit their jobs at any time they choose to do so. This also means that employers can fire employees with or without any reason as long as employers do not violate workplace laws that protect employees from retaliation or discrimination.

Los Angeles garment businesses cited for not paying overtime wages

Last week on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, we had mentioned that restaurant workers in California had finally recovered compensation that was owed to them for hours worked. Their employers violated many wage and hour laws, including failing to pay workers for all of their hours worked and failing to pay workers overtime wages. Unfortunately, these illegal practices are all too common in the restaurant industry.

Dillard's agrees to pay $2M for violating sick employees' rights

In 2005, department store chain Dillard's implemented a policy that required its workers in California and throughout the entire United States to provide managers with notes from doctors when requesting sick leave.

Discrimination against pregnant women may cost advancement

When a woman is pregnant, it should be something that is celebrated. Regardless of an employer or supervisor's personal beliefs on whether to be a parent, women cannot and should not be subjected to pregnancy discrimination. While the law in Los Angeles and across the country says one thing, employers' actions are another. Unlike many other forms of discrimination in the workplace, however, many people's assumptions about pregnant women are subconscious and, thus, not seen to be negative.

Disabled woman says Sony fired her because of her prosthetic leg

After losing her leg in an accident, a woman remained determined to enter the workforce again once she recovered from her injury. She later received a prosthetic leg and was hired by a staffing agency in October 2010 to work for Sony Electronics. Two days after being hired, the woman was let go.

Popular Los Angeles retailer named in wrongful termination suit

A former American Apparel employee who signed an "At Will Employment Confidentiality Agreement" is now suing the company for wrongful termination and other wrongdoings. The employee has disclosed some very concerning issues regarding his employment with the company that he believes the public should be aware of, but American Apparel claims that the allegations are false and that the former employee has violated a "Mandatory Arbitration and Mediation Agreement" by filing a lawsuit against the company.

New whistle-blower law will protect more federal workers

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an important bill that gives more protections to federal employees, including federal security agency employees. The White House reported on Nov. 27 that President Obama signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.

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