Romantic relationships between colleagues can occur in just about any line of work -- including law enforcement. When they go bad, they can become a serious workplace issue. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is dealing with not only accusations of workplace impropriety but violations of the law.
When the new year begins, California workers will have four new laws in place to help protect them from sexual harassment and help them take action if they have been the victims of harassment.
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.
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 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:
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.
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 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.
Your employer is not obligated to pay you on the same day that you render services, but that does not mean that wages can be withheld for an extended period of time.
California is one of the strongest and most diverse economies in the world, and that is no coincidence. The state is home to some of the smartest business owners and managers because they respect the need for diversity and acceptance at a human level.