California-based social media giant Facebook announced on Nov. 9 that it is revising its workplace policy and will no longer require employees who make allegations of sexual harassment to settle their claims in private arbitration. Facebook is the second major Silicon Valley employer to make such an announcement in recent days. Alphabet Inc., which is the parent company of Google and many of its former subsidiaries, was the first technology giant to change its sexual harassment policies following a series of worker protests.
Many workers in California may have to deal with situations in which their employers deny them a meal break, lunch or rest period no matter how many hours they have worked that day. However, under state law, employers have a responsibility to make sure that their employees receive sufficient breaks during the day. If you're a California worker struggling with denied rest and meal breaks, you may want to know more about the law and how you protect your rights.
California residents may have heard about allegations made by employees or contractors who performed services for Donald Trump about not being paid properly. Trump's former personal driver filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization asking for 3,300 hours of unpaid overtime over the past six years. Statutes of limitation prevent him from seeking wages from before 2012. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff says that he worked 55 hours a week on a fixed salary.
Numerous federal and state statutes protect equal opportunity in the workplace. The analysis applicable under most of these laws derives from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) generally follows this federal law, but features some slight variations that are often advantageous to plaintiffs.
Beginning a new job typically involves a great deal of paperwork. New employees invariably must fill out all manner of forms ranging from company policy acknowledgements to direct deposit authorizations. Due to the sheer number of documents associated with embarking upon new employment, it can often be difficult to grasp the significance of each and every provision to which one agrees.
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.