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Workers say they were fired for filing workers' compensation claims

Last week on our Long Beach / Los Angeles employment law blog we had mentioned that employers in California are prohibited from retaliating against workers who report or file complaints about unsafe work conditions. Employees have a right to work in an environment that will not jeopardize their physical and mental well-being, and employees should be able to report concerns without being harassed or fired for doing so.

California company to pay $50K for not accommodating worker's needs

When Los Angeles workers suffer a sudden illness or injury that requires them to take an extended period of time off of work to recover, workers may expect that their employers will be sensitive to their needs and understanding of any requests for time off.

Undocumented workers treated unfairly in California workplaces

Workers in California and throughout the U.S. have rights and an expectation of fair treatment in the workplace. However, employee rights aren't always exercised by employers in Los Angeles and Long Beach who hire immigrant workers.

Celebrating 20 years of family medical leave protections in U.S.

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. This bill and the California Family Rights Act have provided millions of workers with greater protections in the workplace so that they can take care of their newborns and other family members without having to worry about the status of their employment.

Should workers in California be fired for not getting the flu shot?

Last week, CBS Los Angeles reported that at least five people who were younger than 65 have died from the flu this season in California. Dozens of other deaths from the flu have been reported across the country.

New Year offers new protections for workers in California

State and federal labor and employment laws are complex, and these laws are continually changing. As a result, employees may not always have a good understanding of their rights in the workplace, which may allow some employers in Southern California to get away with violating the rights of employees.

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.

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.

Were Jennifer Esposito's rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act violated?

Just about everyone in Los Angeles knows that TV shows are infamous for their grueling production schedules. Not as many people, unfortunately, realize that under the Americans With Disabilities Act, employers must make "reasonable accommodations" for workers who are disabled or sick. As you can imagine, that is a very valuable employee right.

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