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Are Rideshare Drivers Employees?

Posted in Firm News on June 19, 2019

Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies have been at the center of an employment law controversy almost since their inception. Unlike taxi companies, ridesharing services do not classify their drivers as employees. Instead, they classify them as independent contractors in all 50 states. This makes rideshare drivers ineligible to receive benefits promised to employees under… read more

California Sick Leave Laws & Entitlements 2019

Posted in Wage & Hour Laws on June 17, 2019

California has some of the most employee-friendly laws in the country. Most employers in the state have to obey certain laws that require them to provide paid or unpaid medical and family leave. Understanding the rights you have as a worker in California can help you request sick leave and fight for sick days or… read more

How Can I Prove Sexual Harassment With No Witnesses?

Posted in Sexual Harassment on May 15, 2019

Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in the workplace. The most recent year data is available, nearly 30% of all charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) dealt with sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment. If someone sexually harassed you in the workplace, you have every right to seek justice and restitution. Even if… read more

What Do I Do If I Was Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

Posted in Firm News on May 14, 2019

It is every employer’s legal duty to properly classify its workers as either employees or independent contractors according to certain criteria. The correct classification is important because it can determine your pay scale, taxes, benefits, rights, and responsibilities as a worker. If you believe your boss has misclassified you as an independent contractor when you… read more

How to Blow the Whistle If You Signed an NDA?

Posted in Whistleblower Protection on April 16, 2019

Many employees in various industries must agree to and sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) as a requirement of their work. For example, a pharmaceutical company employee may need to agree not to share trade secrets with competing companies. Employees who work in client-facing businesses may need to sign NDAs agreeing not to discuss client-related matters in… read more

Can My Boss Deny My Time Off Request? What Are My Rights in CA?

Posted in Firm News on April 12, 2019

Virtually every employer offers some type of discretionary time off policy. Some employers allow employees to accrue paid vacation days, sick days, personal days, and paid time off. Employees have the right to use discretionary paid leave as they see fit in accordance with employer policies. For example, an employer may allow you to take… read more

What Is the False Claims Act: Who Does It Protect?

Posted in Firm News on March 20, 2019

Due to recent occurrences within the federal government, most Americans have heard of whistleblower protections. However, the False Claims Act and its protections are much less well-known, even though the two go hand in hand. What is the False Claims Act? Who does it protect? What Is the False Claims Act? People often refer to… read more

Your Rights as a Pregnant Worker in California

Posted in Pregnancy Discrimination,Workplace Discrimination on February 21, 2019

More than 68 million women are in the United States workforce, and about 75% of them will become pregnant at some point during their employment. Prior to the passing of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, it was not uncommon for an employer to simply fire a pregnant employee so the employer would not lose… read more

What Is Quid Pro Quo Harassment in the Workplace

Posted in Firm News on February 20, 2019

Sexual discrimination in the workplace is an unacceptable offense that comes in many forms. An employer or coworker who makes sexually suggestive comments, overt sexual remarks, or engages in any unwanted contact creates a hostile work environment for the victim. One of the most common forms of sexual harassment in the workplace is quid pro… read more

Can Your Employer Monitor Your Private Work Messages?

Posted in Firm News on January 11, 2019

Technology allows for greater communication, but it also leaves an electronic footprint of all your private discussions. In personal circumstances, you expect your email and private messages to remain private – and for the most part, you have that right. Workplace electronic communication is a different story. Many employers take advantage of certain tracking devices… read more