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What kinds of actions can be considered retaliation?

Workplaces can sometimes be unpleasant. When co-workers don't like something you've said or done or perhaps are jealous because you got a promotion or an award they thought they deserved, they may give you the cold shoulder. Managers can be just as mean and petty. However, that behavior often doesn't rise to the level of retaliation — which is illegal.

Does your employer have to give you religious holidays off?

If you're one of the many Southern Californians whose religious holidays aren't among those typically recognized by employers, you may wonder if you have a legal right to take time off to celebrate your holidays and for other religious observances.

Employment law categories: Do you know the basics?

Employment law covers the relationships that exist between employees and employers. This area of the law is vital to ensure that employees receive appropriate treatment and are not unfairly exploited by their employers -- as frequently happens when employers are left unchecked. Here is a brief review of some basic employment law vocabulary from the perspective the key areas covered by this legal topic:

Unlawful termination: Were you the squeaky wheel that got fired?

Sometimes, the squeaky wheel is the one that gets the grease. Other times, it's the one that gets fired. When it comes to employees who complain about certain conditions at their workplaces, they're a bit like squeaky wheels. Good employers will listen to them, evaluate the situation and do what's necessary to fix it. Bad employers will simply ignore the employee and end the employment relationship. In many cases, this kind of termination is unlawful.

Are you improperly classified as an independent contractor?

Many people think that earning an income works by getting a job, becoming an employee and earning a wage. However, that type of scenario does not apply to every situation. Some people choose to work as independent contractors and some employers insist that certain of their workers provide their labor as independent contractors.

A jury awards a wrongfully terminated Allstate worker $18 million

A jury in San Diego decided on May 3 to have Allstate Insurance award $18.6 million in damages to one of its former employees for his wrongful termination. According to court records, the 55-year-old worker had apparently been let go back in 2015 after he was arrested following an altercation with his girlfriend at the time in Arizona.

Malicious termination finding leads to $7.97 million verdict

Malicious firing of employees is never something that should occur. Even though California is an at-will employment state, there are still limitations to terminations. For example, employers can't fire employees for making factual claims about the company or for filing workers' compensation claims.

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