Employers need to pay their workers fair wages. Anyone who believes they have not received earned overtime pay may consider filing a claim with the Department of Industrial Relations.
These days, businesses will do whatever it takes to gain a competitive edge. In order to save a few dollars, some employers will push the limits and may even violate established laws and regulations. Workers in California have a right to speak out against any immoral or illegal acts. Employees who report violations or illegal activities are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act. Unfortunately, retaliation against those who blow the whistle is common.
America has seen remarkable cultural and societal improvements in recent years. Despite this progression, workers across the country are commonly treated unfairly, simply because of differing gender and/or race. These days, allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination are becoming commonplace in the headlines, as thousands of women are coming forward, refusing to be silenced. A wrongful termination suit was recently filed against a California university after the female dean of the school was allegedly subjected to sexual harassment and fired.
What happens when an employee in California is forced to miss work because of a serious injury or to take care of an immediate family member? Thankfully, legislation has been put in to place that allows workers to retain employment when certain circumstances require extended time off. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that guarantees qualified employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave. California also has a FMLA law at the state level.
In today's tough economic climate, businesses are always looking for a competitive edge. In order to save money, some employers in California may choose to break laws or participate in unlawful practices. Unfortunately, workers who blow the whistle and report illegal activities often are forced to endure acts of revenge and retaliation. Workers who face retaliation have legal options at their disposal.