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What Counts as Discrimination in the Workplace?

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits workplace discrimination or harassment based on actual or perceived ancestry, age (40+), color, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, and sexual orientation. Most people know that blatant...

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Do Temporary Employees Have Rights?

We often hear from temporary workers who believe they have fewer rights because they are hired indirectly through an agency. Fortunately, this is wrong. Temporary workers are generally entitled to the same legal protections as other workers, including the right to fair wages and overtime pay, and protection from...

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What is a “Protected Class” in California?

The concept of a “protected class” is the foundation of American discrimination law. The same misconduct may be legal or illegal based on whether or not it is motivated by its victim’s membership in a “protected class.” In the employment context, the concept of protected classes determines whether a termination...

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What is the Difference Between Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation?

In conversation, people use the terms “discrimination,” “harassment,” and “retaliation” interchangeably to mean unfair and possibly illegal treatment at work. But each of these terms has a distinct legal meaning. If you’re talking to an employment lawyer, or even asserting your rights at work on your own, it is...

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What You Need to Know About At-Will Employment & Wrongful Termination

“My employer didn’t even tell me why I was fired.” “My employer lied about why I was fired.” “I was fired for no reason.” “I was fired without any warning.” Sound familiar? If this has happened to you, you may wonder whether this is allowed. Is your employer required...