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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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Is Sexual Harassment Outside of Work Still Illegal?

Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it illegal for employers to fail to prevent or remediate work-related sexual harassment regardless of where the harassment occurs. That means you may report coworkers’ sexual harassment that occurs inside...

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Can I Be Fired Because of a Medical Condition?

Your employer generally cannot fire you because of a medical condition. If you have a medical condition, illness, or disability that prevents you from working on a temporary basis, all employers with more than five employees are required to try to accommodate you. In certain circumstances, the law also protects you if certain family members are...

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Is It Illegal For My Boss To Exclude Me From Work Events?

People experiencing discrimination in the workplace are often isolated in a way that makes it difficult to understand exactly how they are being disadvantaged. Being excluded from workplace events and activities is a perfect example of this subtle discrimination.   If you are repeatedly denied the opportunity to attend certain work or social events both in and out of...

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The Economics of Suing Your Employer

If you have been wrongfully terminated, you may be concerned about the cost of suing your employer. It is important to evaluate the costs and fees before making a significant decision like whether to pursue litigation. Fortunately, there are low-cost and low-risk ways to hold your employer accountable. How...

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What is My Employment Discrimination Case Worth?

To understand what your case is worth, it is important to understand the types of damages available and how an attorney will assess your claims. Here is a quick primer on how to determine the value of your discrimination, harassment, or retaliation case. What is the Average Settlement for...

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Are Outside Salespersons Exempt?

What is the Difference Between an Exempt and Non-Exempt Employee? An exempt employee is type of employee that is exempt from many of California’s pro-worker laws, including the right to a minimum wage, the right to overtime pay, and the right to paid rest periods and unpaid meal breaks....

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How Can I Tell If I am Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

People often want to understand the rules regarding “classification” of employees. These rules determine whether you are subject to the employment laws, whether you are entitled to overtime, and whether you are entitled to meal and rest periods, among other things. You can be misclassified in several ways. First,...

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What is the Difference Between an Exempt and Non-Exempt Employee?

What is the Difference Between Exempt & Non-Exempt? The main difference between an exempt and non-exempt worker is whether or not they qualify for overtime pay. Exempt employees are not eligible for overtime, whereas non-exempt employees do get paid overtime. What determines who is classified as exempt or non-exempt...

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What Are Point Systems for Work Attendance, and Are They Legal?

Many employers have implemented so-called “no-fault” attendance policies that count all absences—regardless of the reason—against employees, with some specific number of absences leading to discipline or even termination. These policies are sometimes called “reasonable attendance policies.” If these policies do not exclude absences for legally protected reasons, like a disability or using paid sick...