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Governor signs new protections against sexual harassment at work

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed several pieces of legislation to protect workers from sexual harassment and help sexual assault victims get justice.

The bills followed on the heels of revelations of widespread abuse by producer Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood insiders. The accusations have created a discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the U.S.

Fighting For Women's Rights In The Workplace

For many years, women in the American workforce have simply accepted lower wages for the same work as their male counterparts. The truth is, there wasn't much choice for them. Their employers would offer them less money, take it or leave it.

However, this situation is changing for the better. Due to recent case law, employers are restricted in their reasons for giving women lower pay than their male counterparts. At the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C., we represent women who have been discriminated against in the workplace.

People with disabilities have rights in the workplace

For many years in our country, people with disabilities have struggled in the workplace. If you had a physical, mental or psychological problem that prevented you from doing your job, you could be fired and would need to find a different job, if you could.

But times have changed. There is an expectation in our country now that employers provide their workers with reasonable accommodations if they have disabilities. If you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your disability, you need to know your rights and understand how the law protects your right to work.

How can you defend your rights against Kickstarter scams?

Kickstarter has become a popular method for inventors, artists and others to obtain funds for their projects. As consumers, Kickstarter and other crowdfunding campaigns are a great way to get involved early with attractive new products, often getting discounts from the seller as a reward for their early involvement.

The problem is that the crowdsourcing model is based on trust, and sometimes the seller does not live up to that trust. In too many cases, buyers sit and wait and they never see the product they paid for. What can a consumer do if the seller is not delivering?

Is that amazing online vacation rate for real? Probably not.

Many of us use third-party booking websites to secure the accommodations for vacation and work-related travel. The fact that there are so many of these websites shows how popular this option is for American travelers. These sites often combine airfare, car rentals and hotel accommodations, and they often offer special discounted rates.

The problem with these sites is that they often don’t deliver on their promise. It is not uncommon for these sites to sell a discounted rate and then turn around and refuse to honor it.

Consumers in California: What Are Your Privacy Rights?

Privacy is an important value for people throughout our country. Californians are particularly adamant in holding up privacy as an important right, even voting in 1972 to include the right to privacy as an inalienable right.

However, the right to privacy – including the right to have control over who receives one’s personal information – becomes a much more complicated issue in the internet age. With Facebook, Google and other internet sites obtaining more and more of our personal information, what are our rights as consumers and how do we enforce them?

What to do when the warranty expires on poor vehicle repairs

A Recent Story

According to NBC News online, a woman purchased a vehicle. When the driver's seat in the vehicle became unstable, she brought the car - under warranty at the time - to the dealership for repairs.

All the dealership did was put a wood shim behind the seat to keep it from moving around.

Then, after the warranty had expired, the problem came back. The woman brought the vehicle back to the dealership, only this time - now that the warranty had expired - the dealership said that the entire seat would need to be replaced at the consumer's expense.

Attorney Todd M. Friedman Comments on NBC News

Our own attorney Todd M. Friedman appeared on NBC Channel 4 News in Los Angeles to speak about the issue.

Todd has many years of experience advocating for the rights of consumers who have been treated unfairly by the major players in the marketplace.

Two Sides of the Argument

On the one hand, the dealership will say that they should not have to absorb the cost of the repairs because the vehicle is no longer under warranty.

But on the other hand, the repairs made while the vehicle was under warranty were not adequate, and thus, the dealership should absorb the cost. If the dealership had done the repairs properly the first time, the problem would not have come up again.

If you have experienced a similar situation, talk with an experienced attorney to learn about your rights and options. It is difficult to bring this type of legal claim on your own, so make sure you work with the best.

Rules for political robocalls are routinely ignored

California has no-nonsense rules for political robocalls. The California Public Utilities Code states that robocalls must begin with a real person, and that person should immediately inform you of the reason behind the call. They should then ask for your permission to play the recording.

This sounds like a nice experience. Unfortunately, most robocalls in California don’t do the dance.

Can you be fired for something you posted online?

Many of us consider Facebook and other forms of social media to be critical avenues for self-expression. We use these tools to share our ideas and genuinely held beliefs - it is part of our rights and duties as Americans.

However, what happens when your boss sees some of your posts and think they reflect badly on the company? Does your employer have the right to fire you for what you post on social media?

Protecting yourself against credit reporting errors

It has happened to many people and it has probably happened to you: You check your credit score and the number is lower than it should be, or perhaps it has suddenly taken a significant dip since your previous credit-score check and there's no reason for it that you know of. Perhaps you have checked your credit report and you spot an obvious error or a credit incident that you don't recognize.

But what can you do about it? If you spot errors in your credit report or suspect something is wrong, it is important to know your rights and what you can do to fight back and protect your financial interests.

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