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New California Laws to Protect Employees

Although there are always individual situation that remain problematic, in general, these are exciting times for California employees. The laws and the courts are becoming increasingly favorable for employees in regards to fair pay, discrimination, appropriate work leave and other important issues.

California is on the cutting edge of the entire nation in terms of employment law and protecting the rights of employees in the workplace.

California diversity suit could improve workplace equality

When facing discrimination in the workplace, most people aren’t looking to change the world; they just want to be treated fairly. Rather than facing termination of employment, lower pay and other forms of discrimination, the desire is retain the right to earn a fair wage and provide for oneself and one’s family.

However, successful discrimination lawsuits do have the effect of improving the workplace for other workers in similar situations. When employers have to face discrimination charges, they will be more careful in the future in terms of how they treat their minority employees. Further, other companies take notice of lawsuits of this kind and change their tactics, as well. So a discrimination lawsuit can help the plaintiff and make the workplace more equitable for everyone.

Overaggressive litigation or protecting the rights of consumers?

Most of the media and news sources claim that there should be caps on plaintiff litigation, and they point out an increase in litigation as a problem. They paint a picture of plaintiffs' attorneys as hindering our society.

However, this painting looks significantly different when you look at it from the other side. The only problem caused by increased litigation is a problem for businesses violating the law or peoples' rights. Increased litigation simply means that more people are getting the help and advocacy they need.

Making sense of the Equifax security breach

When we use credit reporting services or other tools that require personal information, we have a right to expect these services to be safe and to protect our sensitive information from hackers and identity thieves. When the companies running these services fail to protect our identities and our sensitive information, they should be held accountable.

Most people know about the recent Equifax security breach. It is important to understand the details and to know your options if you are a victim of the security failure of Equifax.

Construction Workers Coerced Into Unfair Contracts?

In many situations in the workplace, it seems that the employer has all the power. When your boss tells you the job description or your classification as an employee might be changing, there seems like little you can do. In some cases, employers will even give their employees the simple choice: Either accept the new contract or find another job.

But what if the changes your employer makes are a violation of your rights? What if these changes are actually illegal? Employees throughout the country need to know that their rights are protected from the exploitation, wage-theft and misclassification from their employers.

Class Action Claims Protect the Rights of Consumers

Almost everyone understands how a lawsuit works. If someone is hurt or suffers damages as a result of another’s actions, the injured party can bring a lawsuit to recover the cost of the damages they have suffered.

But what happens when many people suffer damages as the result of one party’s actions? In these cases, the parties can join together and bring a class-action lawsuit. A class action claim is a great tool to help multiple parties receive compensation for damages suffered.

Gender issues trigger uproar and firing in Silicon Valley

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In recent years, discussing gender politics at work has become a generally bad idea. There is no way to have this discussion without somehow offending someone.

A gender discussion at work recently led to an engineer being fired from internet giant Google, according a recent report from reuters.com.

Gayla Shelby v. Two Jinns, Inc.

On August 3, 2017, A California federal judge on Monday gave final approval to a $457,000 settlement resolving claims brought pursuant to the Electronic Funds Transfer Act against a California Based Bail Bonds Company that consumers said illegally debited money from their bank accounts without written authorization.

Employers behaving badly: Discrimination in the workplace

Whether you are a long-time employee seeking a promotion or a potential employee at your initial interview, employers are strictly prohibited from discriminating on the basis of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Race or national origin
  • Pregnancy

Will the high court allow discrimination on sexual orientation?

In another bold move against the LGBT community, President Trump's administration has asked a federal appeals court to deny discrimination protection for transgender individuals.

Federal input on a private lawsuit

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