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VIDEO: You do not have to be afraid to come forward about discrimination | Law Office of Twila S. White

Although there are specific employment laws that prohibit retaliation, many employees still fear that reporting discrimination might jeopardize their job security. In other cases, employees that have been wrongfully terminated may hesitate to come forward, perhaps blaming themselves. In both cases, our employment law firm can offer peace of mind.

Uber's culture is toxic: What employees need to know about discrimination at work

Does Uber have a discriminatory culture at their company? According to allegations from current and former employees, Uber has created an environment full of discriminatory practices ranging from sexual harassment, bullying, retaliation, unprofessional behavior and physical safety concerns.

These are serious allegations against the company. Uber hired a law firm to investigate 215 reports of "inappropriate workplace instances," which broke into the following categories:

  • 54 complaints of discrimination
  • 47 complaints of sexual harassment
  • 45 complaints of unprofessional behavior
  • 33 complaints for bullying
  • 19 complaints for other harassment
  • 13 complaints for retaliation
  • Three complaints for physical security
  • One complaint for wrongful termination

Video: Speak up to protect your rights with the help of an attorney

If you are being mistreated in the workplace, you probably are feeling powerless and scared. You might feel as though you have no options to protect yourself, or that you will be fired or otherwise penalized for speaking out about misconduct. However, you have rights and a voice worth fighting for, and an attorney can help you do this.

VIDEO: The law protects whistleblowers | Law Office of Twila S. White

A whistleblower is an employee who suffers retaliation for coming forward to report the illegal activities of his or her employer. Most states have laws that protect whistleblowers. Unfortunately, an employer may disguise adverse employment actions with pretext.

For example, retaliation can take forms other than termination. Demotions, disciplinary actions, or even a hostile workplace are all examples of unlawful retaliation.

Video: Fired for an illegal reason? | Law Office of Twila S. White

California is an at-will state, which means that an employer does not need good cause to terminate an employee. At the same, both state and federal laws make certain workplace behaviors illegal.

For example, termination based on a protected category, including race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is prohibited. It is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who utilized employment rights, such as family and medical leave, or reported discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace.

Sexual harassment allegations mount against Fox News host

Sexual harassment can happen in all types of industries. The lawsuits against popular Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is an example of just how common sexual harassment is in the workplace. O’Reilly has been accused of seeking sexual favors from co-workers and retaliating against women who would not agree to his requests.

The allegations of sexual harassment have led to advertisers pulling sponsorship of his nightly show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” with more than 60 advertisers pulling out of running ads on his show. Many individuals and groups have called for Fox News to cancel his show altogether to show a clear stance against workplace sexual harassment.

Do I qualify for overtime pay in California?

When you talk to someone about how work is going, chances are that either you or the other person will allude to feeling overworked. Many Americans have too much work and spend too many hours on the job. In fact, according to this report, Americans work longer hours than people in at least 20 other countries do.

If you are someone who spends more than 40 hours a week at work or work more than 8 hours a day, then you need to know about overtime laws in California. After all, if you are working overtime, you want to be sure you are properly compensated. Below are the criteria for being eligible to receive overtime pay in this state.

What is a 'reasonable accommodation'?

If you are disabled or pregnant, state and federal laws require that your employer allow for accommodations to help you in the workplace. However, these accommodations must be reasonable and not put any undue hardship on the employer.

This might all make sense in theory, but putting it into practice can be more complicated. What you might assume is a reasonable request could be perceived as unreasonable by your employer. In this post, we will examine some common examples of what may or may not be reasonable accommodations for a pregnant worker or disabled employee.

Your right to meal and rest breaks: What to know

Employees in California have many rights in the workplace. One of those rights is to receive meal and rest breaks according to current guidelines. While it may only seem like a short break, it is vital to ensure you are able to rest, eat and take care of yourself before you go back to doing your job duties.

The dangers of not receiving your meal or rest break should not surprise anyone. Not eating or resting during your workday can lead to serious risks for you and everyone around you. It is important for employers to follow meal and rest break rules, but it can be challenging for employees to know if their rights are being violated at all.

Protecting yourself against workplace violence

In any given occupation, there are risks to workers' health. Manual labor jobs might mean strained muscles; office work can lead to carpal tunnel; retail workers can suffer fall-related injuries. 

However, sometimes the risk of injury doesn't stem from the type of work you do, it stems from the other people you encounter on the job. Violence in the workplace is also a concern for workers across California, and like any work-related hazard, it is crucial that California employees understand their rights for protecting themselves.

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