When most people think of the term “wrongful termination,” they imagine a situation in which an employee is fired without cause. However, this is not always the case. In California, there are a number of different ways that an employee can be wrongfully terminated. First and foremost, it is important to understand that California is an “at-will” state when it… Continue Reading..
If you’re employed in California, it’s important to know and understand your rights under state law. Employment law governs the relationship between employers and employees, and sets forth certain protections and rights for workers. This guide will give you a quick overview of some of the key provisions of California employment law. Discrimination: California law prohibits discrimination in employment on… Continue Reading..
Let’s start off with a quick overview of what “whistleblower” means. A whistleblower is an employee who reports wrongdoing within their company to an outside entity, usually a regulator or law enforcement agency. The report can be about anything illegal or unethical happening at work, such as fraud, embezzlement, safety violations, etc. A California employer may not make, adopt or… Continue Reading..
Although employers are legally prohibited from terminating employees based on race, there are still many instances where this type of discrimination occurs. Wrongful termination based on race can have a devastating effect on the victim, both professionally and personally. If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job because of your race, it is important to understand your rights and… Continue Reading..
If you’re facing workplace discrimination in California, you might be feeling isolated, confused, and helpless. You should know that you are not alone—and that there are steps you can take to protect your rights. First, it’s important to understand what constitutes workplace discrimination. Discrimination can occur when an employer or co-worker treats an employee differently because of the employee’s race,… Continue Reading..
Off-The-Clock Work: What Is It, and What Are My Rights? As an employee, you likely work at least forty hours a week. But what happens when your boss asks you to put in extra time? Is off-the-clock work legal? Does it matter if you are salaried or hourly? Learn all about off-the-clock work and how to protect your rights as… Continue Reading..
Illegal Working Conditions in California In California, workers are often subject to illegal and unsafe working conditions. This can include long hours, low pay, and exposure to hazardous materials. Unfortunately, these conditions are all too common in the state. California has some of the highest rates of workplace injuries and fatalities in the country. In fact, according to the most… Continue Reading..
We at Potter Handy, LLP give each and every case our undivided attention because we understand that every individual and every scenario is different. We have, however, received a number of questions throughout the years. For your convenience, we’ve gathered a list of some of the most often asked questions, along with their answers, below. How much will it cost?… Continue Reading..
Do California Employees Have the Right to See Their Personnel Files? Yes, California employees have the right to review their personnel files. Under California law, employers must allow employees to inspect their own personnel records upon request. Employees can request to see their personnel files for any reason, and they do not need to give a specific reason for their… Continue Reading..
What Constitutes Retaliation at Work? Retaliation at work can take many forms. Under California law, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for engaging in protected activity. What is Protected Activity? Protected activity includes filing a complaint or testifying about discrimination or harassment, requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability, and participating in an investigation of… Continue Reading..