Employees: If you were fired because your employer mistakenly believed that you were engaged in whistleblowing, you may have a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy

By | 2015-06-29T08:43:12+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Employment Law, Retaliation, Whistleblower|

By Helaina L. Chinn, Esq. California law prohibits retaliation by an employer against an employee for whistleblowing. In creating this law, the Legislature found that it serves an important public policy to encourage employees to alert the appropriate authorities when the employee reasonably thinks his or her employer is breaking the law. In a recent [...]

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The U.S. Department of Justice Agrees to Help Protect Transgender People

By | 2015-01-05T21:13:36+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA|

In a memo, dated December 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice publicly acknowledged it will now bring claims against public employers on behalf of workers who have been discriminated against because they are transgender. At play is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Previously, the Justice Department interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights [...]

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Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employees

By | 2015-01-05T21:12:46+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FMLA Leave, Maternity/Pregnancy Leave, Religious Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour|

The CalChamber Employment Law Counsel recently published a white paper, titled "An Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employers." The white paper identifies some of the noteworthy new employment laws from the California Legislature.  The range of subject matters the new laws affect include: (1) Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Protections; (2) Leaves of Absence; (3) Wage [...]

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NLRB Finds Workers Have a Right to Use Employers’ Email Systems For Non-business Purposes

By | 2015-01-06T13:09:33+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|

On December 11, 2014, in overruling prior precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) held that workers have a right to use their employers’ email systems for non-business purposes.  Specifically, the NLRB stated: “we decide today that employee use of email for statutorily protected communications on nonworking time must presumptively be permitted by employers who [...]

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