Title VII and the Equal Protection Clause

By Eileen Torrez, November 30th, 2022 Three important federal laws form the basis for protecting U.S. employees from discrimination in the workplace: …

2022 Pending Bills for Employee Protection in the State of California

In California state lawmaking, the Governor has until October 1st every year to sign or veto new legislation.

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Misclassification Red Flags to Watch Out For

Workers deserve every benefit and right owed to them. Unfortunately, some employers will try to cheat the system and deny workers the full benefits of employment.

Viking River Cruises v. Moriana: Unusual Coalition of Supreme Court Justices Provides Path for PAGA to Persist

In June 2022, the Supreme Court issued its decision on whether the Federal Arbitration Act preempts a California Supreme Court rule that forbade employment arbitration clauses from eliminating representative actions under the California Labor Code’s Private Attorneys General Act. 

For-Profit Education and Consumer Rights

Finding the motivation and resources to attend college is an admirable pursuit and one that students go into with high hopes. 

What is Arbitration and How Does it Work?

Many agreements that we encounter in our everyday lives contain arbitration clauses.

Activision Blizzard: Conflict Between Discrimination Watchdogs EEOC and DFEH

An $18 million sexual harassment and gender discrimination settlement has brought to light the friction between DFEH and the EEOC.

What is Mediation and is it Right For You?

Mediation (as well as arbitration) is a process for resolving disputes outside of court. 

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Anti-Union Tactics Threaten Employee Rights – Activision Blizzard Case

When a union is formed at the workplace, who gets a say in whether the union is recognized?

Whistleblowers – Take Heart

California is well-known for having strong protections for employees who have suffered retaliation at work.

6 Reasons to Consult a Lawyer About Severance Paperwork – Before You Sign Anything!

When an employee is terminated or laid off, their employer may offer them a severance payment, which is compensation given to an employee upon leaving the company.

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How to Prove a Hostile Work Environment

California is well-known for having strong protections for employees who have suffered retaliation at work.

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We’re Still in the COVID-19 World: Do I Have the Right to Paid Leave If I’m Affected?

We are almost 2 years into the COVID-19 pandemic and smack in the middle of cold and flu season.

Know Your Rights | Equal Pay Act Part 3

As of March 2021, women in the United States made 82 cents for every dollar earned by men.

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Bring on 2022! New Employee Protections in Employment Contracts in the Silenced No More Act

Happy New Year! In California, a new year often brings new laws protecting employees.

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Know Your Rights | Equal Pay Act Part 2

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Current Population Survey revealed that Black women working full time received 63 cents for every 1 dollar paid to White men.

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Know Your Rights | Equal Pay Act Part 1

We are launching a series to address a question many people have about what it means for there to be unequal pay at work, and what laws address the problem.

Bernstein Is Not the Big Win Employers Think It Is

On February 23, 2021, the Ninth Circuit held that employers are not subject to heightened penalties for subsequent violations of the Labor Code until they have been “notified” of the violation.

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5 Reasons to Consult a Lawyer About Severance Paperwork– Before You Sign Anything!

Employers often offer severance payments to employees who are terminated or laid off.

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Know Your Rights: California and Municipal Paid Sick Leave Laws

The “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” went into effect on July 1, 2015.

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Do I Have the Right to Paid Leave If I’m Affected by the New Coronavirus?

The State of California and many municipalities in California mandate paid sick leave – and these laws permit paid time off for an employee (or relative) who is ill with COVID-19.


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