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What Is California At-Will Employment?

The labor laws in California assume that all employees are employed at will. At-will employment means an employer can fire an employee at any time without any reason or notice. It is at their “will” to terminate any worker. However, an employee can leave at any time with or without reason if they are at-will. The reason for termination is defined by the word “cause” in labor laws. A cause is thought to be a good reason that is not regulated by any authority. Employers are not often asked to go in front of a court and prove they

2022-05-01T20:52:19+00:00April 16th, 2022|

Is It Illegal to Threaten to Fire an Employee?

When it comes to work, we all want to feel secure in our positions, and no one wants to be constantly looking over their shoulder, worried that they might get fired at any moment. Unfortunately, in today’s economy, job insecurity is a very real thing for many people. If your boss is threatening to fire you, that pressure can be enormous. While you might not be able to do anything about the overall job market, if you find yourself in a situation where your boss is threatening to fire you, you may be able to take action. In California,

2022-05-01T20:47:51+00:00April 15th, 2022|

Can You Sue Your Employer for Causing a Nervous Breakdown?

Some people are surprised to find that the term “nervous breakdown” is not actually a specific medical diagnosis, nor does it have a clear definition under the law. This is to say, it does not refer to any particular behavioral disorder or mental health crisis. In fact, the phrase has become something of a taboo among many modern mental and behavioral health professionals. Much of the older language used for speaking about mental and emotional health carries a great deal of stigma due to historical attitudes around these issues. As our understanding of mental health deepens and our cultural

2022-04-07T15:09:43+00:00March 16th, 2022|

How Do You Prove Emotional Distress at Work?

Emotional distress, like many other conditions with no outwardly visible symptoms, can be hard to prove. When employers, friends, family members, or even medical professionals don’t seem to take your mental turmoil seriously, it can leave you feeling alone and more emotionally distressed than ever. Emotional distress is not in itself a specific medical condition but a broad term that may refer to any significant mental anguish that can take on a variety of forms and manifest as a variety of symptoms. While some suffer chronic emotional distress as part of their overall mental health, it can often be

2022-04-07T14:52:39+00:00March 15th, 2022|

How Do You Prove Favoritism at Work?

Regardless of the many federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace, decades of evidence indicates that favoritism is alive and well in many companies. From providing more opportunities to certain employees for career training or development to giving them better performance reviews without justification, managers and supervisors across the nation practice favoritism every day. Worse, some employers recognize these unfair practices as wrong and detrimental to the overall work culture, but continue playing favorites anyway. If you suspect your boss favors certain employees over others and this mistreatment has negatively impacted your life, review the information

2022-03-07T16:37:17+00:00February 16th, 2022|

Can I Sue My Employer for Favoritism?

Employers can violate employment law in a variety of ways. Common violations include neglecting to hire a qualified candidate because of their gender identity, passing someone over for a promotion due to their religion, refusing to approve protected medical leave, or punishing employees for reporting illegal activities. Such unethical actions severely limit opportunities for workers who deserve them. They also create a reverberating impact on the entire work environment. Seeing others benefit—not from merit or ability, but from being on the boss’s “good side”—lowers morale, disincentivizes productivity, and breeds resentment. When Does Favoritism Become Illegal? Although it is unfair

2022-03-07T16:28:13+00:00February 15th, 2022|

What Are the Three Basic Elements of Discrimination in Employment?

Discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue. It can take many different forms and can have a devastating impact on employees. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with respect in the workplace, but unfortunately, this does not always happen. To make sure that your business complies with the law, it’s essential to understand the three basic elements of discrimination in employment. By understanding what these elements are, you can take steps to ensure that your workplace is free from discrimination and a place where anyone can feel comfortable and safe to do good work and put their

2022-02-07T20:21:37+00:00January 30th, 2022|

What Happens If an Employee Refuses to Come to Work for Fear of a Covid Infection?

COVID-19 has completely altered the way we live and work. From reducing our social interactions to working remotely, we are doing everything possible to avoid contracting the virus, reducing its spread, and preventing further variants from developing and extending the pandemic. Managing and accommodating individual policies and procedures to respond to the virus is uncharted territory for many businesses. As the pandemic progresses, employees may refuse to come into the office out of fear of contracting the virus. This leaves businesses wondering what to do if an employee refuses to come to work. Do Employers Have Any Formal Obligations

2022-02-07T20:11:23+00:00January 30th, 2022|

What Are Examples of Indirect Discrimination?

If you are experiencing discrimination at work, you likely know that you are not alone. A simple Google search or a look at your preferred newsfeed will provide you with many examples of discrimination cases against employers. Some of the most common types of discrimination include that which is based on age, sex, or race. The plus side to building a discrimination case on these factors is that there is often substantial concrete evidence to prove the employer’s bias. Allegations against employers based on these attributes are also generally easy to establish, based on Title VIII of the Civil

2022-02-07T20:16:18+00:00December 16th, 2021|

What Are Some Examples of Workplace Discrimination?

The sad truth about workplace discrimination is that it still occurs, even though it is illegal. Some individuals are even subject to discrimination on the job without realizing it. For this reason, it is vital to understand workplace discrimination and how it may affect you. When someone is discriminated against at work, it hurts the entire company. However, it also affects the victim’s performance. The anxiety it causes can make it difficult to focus on quality workmanship, which may lead to further repercussions. In some cases, the effects of workplace discrimination even carry over into an individual’s life outside

2022-02-07T20:23:56+00:00December 15th, 2021|
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