California Employment Laws Protect A Mother’s Right to Breastfeed

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:39+00:00 May 16th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA, Uncategorized|

California law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed by ensuring nursing mothers have time and space to express breast milk at the workplace, and by prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of breastfeeding. Under California law, “every employer, including the state and any political subdivision, is required to provide a reasonable amount of time [...]

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“Wage Theft Is a Crime”

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:33+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|

On April 30, 2014, the California Labor Commissioner launched a statewide public awareness campaign called "Wage Theft is A Crime," and introduced a new website, wagetheftisacrime.com.  There is a sister website in Spanish, robodesueldoesuncrimen.com. The campaign addresses how to identify wage theft, workers' rights and responsibilities related to wage and hour as well as other [...]

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Just Because You Are a Manager Does Not Mean You Are Exempt from Receiving Overtime Pay

By | 2015-01-06T13:29:34+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|

A commonly held myth is, “I am not entitled to overtime pay because I am a ‘manager’.”  However, because you are a “manager,” does not automatically mean you are exempt from overtime and minimum wage compensation. Under California law, exemptions from statutory mandatory minimum wage and overtime provisions are narrowly construed.  One of the more [...]

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Supervisors Can Be Liable for Harassment and Retaliation

By | 2015-01-06T13:29:46+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Discrimination, FEHA, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment|

In California, employers aren’t the only ones who face liability for harassment, including sexual harassment, and retaliation in the workplace. Individual supervisors are also liable for their own harassment and retaliation against employees. The law regarding sexual harassment makes employers strictly liable for sexual harassment committed by a supervisor. Therefore, it is important for employers, [...]

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California Law Provides Stiff Penalties for Employers Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

By | 2015-01-06T13:29:55+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|

California Labor Code §226.8 makes it unlawful to “willfully” misclassify workers as independent contractors.  “Willful” misclassification means avoiding employee status for a worker by voluntarily and knowingly misclassifying that individual as an independent contractor.  The penalties for violations of this law range anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 per violation, in addition to other fines or [...]

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Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck LLP Announces Investigation of Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.

By | 2015-01-06T13:30:16+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm has commenced an investigation into Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. (“Cliffs” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CLV) for securities law violations in connection with the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”). Cliffs is an ire ore mining company incorporated and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, which had [...]

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Men Can Be Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By | 2015-01-06T13:30:31+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|Sexual Harassment|

In a common sexual harassment scenario, a male supervisor sexually harasses a female subordinate by making sexually explicit comments, touching her inappropriately, or engaging in other harassing behavior. But sexual harassment isn’t just a “women’s issue.” Men are frequently victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, and California and federal law protect men and women [...]

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