In life, it is only right for every person to be treated fairly. No person should be judged or have less opportunity just because of gender or color of his or her skin. This is the very definition of discrimination, and no matter how it occurs, it is always wrong. These days in California and across the nation, more and more women are coming forward with allegations of gender discrimination. A former employee of a city in another state filed a lawsuit after she was allegedly harassed and discriminated against.
In the construction industry, among others, misclassifying employees and labeling them as independent contractors is not uncommon because it saves on the payment of company benefits as well as payroll taxes. If misclassification has happened to you, you may not be covered under minimum wage and overtime protection laws in California.
Any debilitating injury takes time to heal. For those who are employed, this could mean an extended amount of time away from work. In order to protect workers and provide job security during these times, the federal government enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993. This legislation allows qualified employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in order to recuperate from an illness or take care of a sick family member. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers in California and across the country to retaliate against employees who take advantage of FMLA leave.
Losing a job is not a fun thing to experience. Most people know that loss of employment can quickly lead to financial hardships and can also cause much emotional and psychological distress. When a person is fired as an act of retaliation, the experience can be especially traumatic. Fortunately, employment laws exist in California and across the country to protect employees from retaliation in the workplace. When these laws are broken, legal action can be taken.
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.
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.