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Month: April 2017

Law would ‘level the playing field’ for older employees

Posted in Firm News,Workplace Discrimination on April 26, 2017

As our blog has discussed before, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the historic measure that expressly prohibits employment discrimination based on age, should grant workers age 40 and older considerable reassurance. While it’s a somewhat frightening prospect to imagine where we would be without the ADEA, the unfortunate reality is that age… read more

Understanding why victims can be hesitant to report sexual harassment

Posted in Firm News,Sexual Harassment on April 20, 2017

As much as we would like to believe that workplaces here in California and across the nation have become more enlightened and unwilling to tolerate sexual harassment in any form, this is far from the reality. Worse yet, studies show many victims of this demoralizing and illegal conduct choose not to report it. Consider a… read more

What is wrongful termination?

Posted in Firm News,Wrongful Termination on April 15, 2017

Getting fired from your job is always a stressful event. It is even worse when the reason for your termination seems totally unfair. If you’re honest and you work hard, your employer is supposed to treat you well, right? Sometimes, getting fired is more than just unfair – it is illegal. Here is how the… read more

When can employees take FMLA/CFRA leave?

Posted in Firm News,Wrongful Termination on April 13, 2017

Last time, our blog began discussing how the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and the California Family Rights Act enable qualifying employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period to manage family- or health-related issues. Specifically, we focused on the requirements that employees must satisfy in order… read more

Understanding who is eligible for FMLA/CFRA leave

Posted in Firm News,Wrongful Termination on April 6, 2017

Thanks to both the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and the California Family Rights Act — otherwise known as the FMLA and CFRA, respectively — employees needing to take time off to deal with certain family- or health-related issues can proceed with confidence if they work for an employer that is subject to these… read more

Insurers false report of addiction to employer leads to ADA claim

Posted in Firm News,Workplace Discrimination on April 5, 2017

Many public and private workplaces across the U.S. require drug testing, either as a condition of hiring or upon reasonable suspicion that an employee is using illicit drugs. At the same time, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, known as HIPAA, limits employers’ access to employees’ private medical information to some extent. What actions… read more