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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Workers in California, like you, may sometimes need an advocate on your side. Whether it's to stand up in cases of discrimination or to ensure you aren't being overworked, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), were created to help make sure you're covered.
Employers make lots of decisions that have major effects on their employees. Among the most impactful are termination and layoff decisions. There are certain things employers should never allow to seep into these life-altering decisions. One is age discrimination.
In the midst of a heated election season, one issue has abruptly risen to focus in the public eye: sexual harassment. From the high-profile allegations against Trump to the growing complaints of rampant harassment in the National Park Service, women across the country are speaking up against this debasing and unacceptable behavior. However, same-sex harassment in the form of male on male and female on female sexual harassment is just as prevalent.
As a nurse, you are highly trained not only in caring for patients' physical well-being, but also in respecting their privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) establishes detailed patient privacy requirements that all health care providers and institutions must follow. It protects a wide range of private information, including medical records.