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Cold Stone Creamery employee fired in California for Facebook post

Last week, a store manager at Cold Stone Creamery located in Turlock, California, decided to fire a woman who had been with the company for several months over a comment the employee had posted on Facebook.

California farmworkers file lawsuit over dangerous work conditions

Our Los Angeles employment law blog has mainly covered topics regarding harassment, discrimination and wage and hour violations in the workplace. But California employers are also responsible for keeping their workers safe from common hazards in the workplace.

Morbidly obese workers are protected under laws for the disabled

Thanks to a number of federal and state laws, many Los Angeles employees are protected from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. What workers and employers need to understand, though, is that current anti-discrimination laws in California do not make other forms of discrimination and harassment acceptable in the workplace.

Are Los Angeles employers failing when testing job applicants?

High unemployment rates have created an influx of job seekers, creating larger pools of applicants for Los Angeles employers to wade through. In response, some employers are using personality tests to eliminate applicants. However, this practice does have some workers wondering whether this makes it easier for employers to discriminate against applicants without any repercussions.

Los Angeles job seekers, workers protected under new privacy laws

When you applied for jobs in the past, you might have expected Los Angeles employers to ask about your work experience and how you handled challenging situations in life. When asked these types of questions during interviews, job applicants have the opportunity to give professional examples of how they have used their skills and experiences to accomplish challenging tasks in the workplace, at school or in other settings. Job applicants are in complete control over the type of information they share with prospective employers, and they have every right to keep their personal lives private.

Discrimination, leave laws fail to protect all California workers

Federal and California medical leave laws and anti-discrimination laws benefit many employees who need to take time off of work because of an illness or to care for an immediate family member. But these laws can also prove to be not enough for workers in other situations.

Official from Los Angeles suburb wants severance pay after scandal

Two years ago, municipal officials in Bell were required to go public with their salaries. Shortly after their salaries were made public, corruption charges were filed and several of the highest paid city officials were fired from their jobs.

Workplace retaliation claims on the rise in California and U.S.

Workers in Los Angeles and throughout the entire state of California have important rights in the workplace that are protected under anti-discrimination laws and other employment laws. Of course, these laws don't always prevent problems such as harassment and discrimination from occurring in the workplace. But these laws do mean that employers must make sure certain steps and actions are taken to properly address employees' complaints of harassment and discrimination.

Judge says security guard employer violated California break laws

Workers in Los Angeles and throughout the entire state of California must be allowed to take lunch or rest breaks as mandated by state and federal labor and employment laws. According to one judge's recent ruling, a rest or lunch break is not considered an official break unless an employee is allowed to be free of all work duties while on break.

Are maternity and paternity leave laws better in California?

Earlier this year, the National Partnership for Women & Families published its analysis of parental leave laws in the U.S. The group compared state family leave laws in order to determine which states do a better job of protecting workers who are new parents.

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