California is one of the greatest states in which to live and work. Being a full-time employee in California and across the country is not only about the pay, it is also about benefits such as health insurance and paid medical leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act ensures that workers are still paid when injuries or illnesses force them to miss work for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, some employers these days can and will retaliate against employees who use their rightful medical leave. Recently, a lawsuit was filed when a worker allegedly faced retaliation for using his FMLA rights.
Life happens, and when it does, sometimes employees need to take time to address personal issues without worrying about their jobs. This may be especially concerning for hourly wage workers.
Workers in the state of California and across the nation have the right to speak out against wrong or unlawful acts they witness in the workplace. Whistleblower laws exist to protect employees from retaliation for reporting employer actions that are illegal or violate certain policies. What can be done when an employee is retaliated against or punished for reporting illegal activity? When this happens, legal action may be taken.
When a person is hired to do a job in the state of California, the basic agreement and understanding is that the employee gets paid for the work he or she provides. Failing to pay employees is not only morally wrong -- it is illegal. The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that establishes certain standards of employment, such as minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. There are also wage and hour laws in each state to ensure that employees are compensated fairly. Unfortunately, some employers continue to break these laws.
No person should have to put up with a hostile environment at work. However, even in today's progressive society, things like harassment and discrimination still occur far too often in workplaces across the country. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against NBCUniversal in Los Angeles, California, over allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation.
Despite significant advancements and progress in society, discrimination continues to be a real problem in California and across the United States. Discriminating against a person based on age, sex, race or several other protected statuses is morally wrong and contrary to state and federal laws. When discrimination happens in the workplace, the effects can be especially traumatic. Recently, a woman in another state filed a lawsuit after she allegedly suffered discrimination in the workplace.