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December 2014 Archives

Discrimination: How to file and who to speak to in California

If you've been discriminated against on the job while working in California, there are a few steps you need to take to rectify the situation. First of all, you need to recognize if you've been retaliated against or discriminated against, since simply being fired or passed over during hiring isn't usually enough to prove discrimination. If you believe you have, then you can file a complaint with the labor commissioner in California. This is just the first step, but it brings your situation to light, so others can investigate.

Corporate America's subcontracted labor force in Mexico

We all buy cheap goods made in China, Mexico and various third world countries, but most of us never stop to think of the real cost of these goods. Unfotunately, companies like Walmart, who regularly violate local laws to protect employees in this country, profit considerably from deplorable working conditions arounds the world.

Employers cannot retaliate for employee reports of unsafe work conditions or illegal workplace conduct

When an employee engages in a protected activity, be it refusing to break the law or reporting unsafe work conditions, he or she should be protected from any adverse action from an employer. This is the basic principle underlying the various anti-retaliation laws in California - an employer can't retaliate against an employee for engaging in a protected activity. In practice, bringing a successful anti-retaliation claim against an employer can be more involved. Sometimes, even when an employee has clearly engaged in a protected activity, he or she may not be successful in bringing a claim. If, for example, an employer had a legitimate reason for firing the employee it is up to the employee to show that the protected activity was a substantial motivating factor in the retaliation.

New laws protecting against workplace discrimination and harassment

As 2015 approaches there are a number of new laws and amendments in California that will become effective in the New Year. One law in particular that deserves special attention because of its impact in the realm of employment law is AB 1443. This new law will extend protection from discrimination and harassment to new individuals under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Seek help after working in a hostile work environment

A hostile work environment is one thing you don't need to put up with at work. You have the right to be treated equally and with respect in the workplace; your workplace should be safe, productive and secure. If you feel endangered at work, then your employer isn't holding up his end of the deal, and you may be able to make him be held liable for the damages and stress he's caused you.

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