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Wage and hour civil suit filed against trucking company

Labor laws have been enacted in the state of California and at the federal level to protect workers from unfair treatment. When an individual is hired, the basic understanding is that the employee gets compensated for providing work. With today's economic climate, business owners are constantly looking for ways to save money and cut corners. Unfortunately, this can sometimes directly affect employees. A wage and hour lawsuit was recently filed against a California trucking company over allegations that it failed to pay employees and violated federal labor laws.

The civil lawsuit asserts that the trucking company intentionally misclassified its truck drivers as independent contractors, when they were really employees. The lawsuit alleges that drivers were classified as contractors so the company would not have to follow federal labor laws, which establish minimum wages and protect employees from unfair treatment. This resulted in truck drivers working without being compensated, according to the lawsuit.

Discrimination in any form is wrong

Even in this day and time, it is not uncommon for California residents to receive unfair treatment just because they have differing characteristics. This is the definition of discrimination. Generally, a person is most often discriminated against because of differences in race, gender, age and even disabilities. Unfortunately, discrimination is still prevalent in the workplace and is also illegal.

A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after she was allegedly fired from her job because of her age and disabilities. The woman worked as a clerk for a dental office. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered from anxiety and depression, which sometimes affected her ability to perform her job. 

Discrimination in a job interview

When you hear about discrimination in the workplace, you probably envision experiencing challenges as an employee on the clock. While most cases reflect these circumstances, sometimes the discrimination can happen even before becoming an employee. It can also be a part of the hiring process.

One step in that process is the job interview. The law dictates what interviewers can and cannot say in this meeting to prevent discriminatory questions and comments. If you hear them anyway in your next interview, you may be able to take legal action.

Whistleblower laws protect all employees from retaliation

No employee should have to fear corrective action for shedding light on illegal conduct. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for managers and superiors to retaliate when the unlawful activity in which they are engaging is exposed. In California and across the United States, whistleblower laws protect workers from retaliation when they blow the whistle and report illegal conduct in the workplace. When an employer violates these laws, legal action can be pursued.

Recently in San Francisco, a man filed a lawsuit against his former employer after he was subjected to alleged retaliation for reporting illegal activity. The man worked for the company for almost two years as a business services consultant. The man alleges that his manager forced him and other employees to spend a significant amount of their workday selling services for another business where his manager worked on the side.

Family and Medical Leave Act can protect workers who are injured

There are a number of great things about being a full-time employee in the United States. Among these are the host of benefits that come with employment. However, what if an injury or illness prevents an employee in California from working? Workers compensation will provide income and health care replacement for eligible employees, while The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will offer job protection in the event of an extended leave.

In another state, a woman filed a lawsuit over allegations that she was fired in retaliation for rightfully using her workers' compensation. According to the lawsuit, the woman was subjected to adverse working conditions and was injured while on the job. The lawsuit said the woman filed a claim for workers' compensation.

Employees should always report discrimination and harassment

California has laws in place to protect all employees. No person should have to endure harassment, especially not in the workplace. However, a pharmacist in another state claims that she was fired after reporting harassment and discrimination while working at a hospital. The alleged victim has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, the woman, who is African-American, claims that she experienced harassment from several other employees. Reportedly, the lawsuit names at least 10 other employees who allegedly made sexist or racist remarks to the plaintiff. According to the lawsuit, co-workers made comments about the shape of the woman's body even on her first training day. Allegedly, another employee told the plaintiff that he did not like African-Americans because he had poor experiences working with them in the past.

Woman awarded $31 million after discrimination and retaliation

For decades, women in the American workforce have endured harassment and other discriminatory acts virtually in silence. Years and years passed with no significant changes. However, in the last 20 years, the awareness of gender discrimination in the workplace has increased significantly. Women in California and across the nation have pushed back and are courageously standing up for their rights. Recently, a jury in Los Angeles awarded an ex-employee $31 million after she was allegedly subjected to discrimination and harassment at work.

The woman worked for a dental supply company as a materials buyer. The lawsuit said that the woman was subjected to lewd and harassing comments. Some of the comments made by co-workers allegedly called the woman old and dumb.

Lawsuit alleges restaraunt violated wage and hour laws

Its not only fair, it is required by law that employees in the state of California and across the country get paid for the work they provide. These laws exist at the state and federal level. Wage and hour laws establish minimum wages and also require that overtime is paid to employees who work in excess 40 hours per week. However, in today's economic climate, it is not uncommon for employers to look for more ways to save money and cut costs. Sometimes, this can directly affect the employees' salaries of employees.

Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a restaurant in another state over allegations that employees were subjected to several wage and hour violations. The lawsuit claims that servers at the restaurant, who work mostly for tips, were required to share their tips with dishwashers and other workers who are paid above minimum wage. Allegedly, servers were also required to perform work on the side for which tips were not available.

What qualifies as workplace defamation?

Defamation cases usually bring to mind high-profile celebrities or teenage bullies on social media. However, defamation can happen in any workplace. Defamation is when a false statement about you hurts your reputation and career. Such a statement may come from a colleague or supervisor and occur during daily tasks, a performance review or in a reference check for a new job.

However, not just any inappropriate or disrespectful remark qualifies as defamation. It must meet the following requirements for you to have a case:

Woman allegedly faced retaliation for reporting abusive texts

Employees today in California and across the United States have laws to protect them from illegal acts in the workplace such as discrimination and harassment. However, workers are also protected by law from retaliation. Sometimes, disagreements may become hostile and superiors may choose to retaliate. Retaliation can come in many forms, such as a salary reduction, demotion and even termination. A woman in another state claims that she experienced retaliation in the form of termination and she has filed a lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the woman worked as a communications director for a police department. She claims that a former supervisor sent her several abusive text messages. The suit says when she reported the incidents, she was told that the supervisor was known for such behavior. Allegedly, the supervisor also used employees for personal errands.

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