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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.

Student loan servicer charged with violating California laws

The state of California is charging Navient Corporation, formerly known as Sallie Mae, with alleged misconduct, including unfair competition and false advertising, regarding student loan servicing. The company services an estimated 1.5 million federal and private student loans in California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleges Navient did not fully explain how students could recalibrate their loan payments based on income. He also states the company misconstrued the balance due for borrowers who were late with payments. These behaviors, Becerra alleges, helped further the student loan crisis in the United States.

What happens if your credit report is wrong?

There are few things more important to your personal financial vitality than your credit score. When your credit score is poor, it will negatively impact your ability to take out loans for buying a new home, car or other important items.

Although credit scores dip most frequently because of mistakes on the part of the consumer, there are times when false or inaccurate information on your credit report causes the score to drop. What can you do about this?

New White Paper: Fighting Unequal Pay for Women

It seems that women making less than men for the same skills and performance has been a problem throughout this country's history. Although everyone should know that paying women less than men is illegal and unethical, the practice continues.

However, recent California case law is opening the door for women in the workplace to bring successful claims against employers who engage in this practice. Our new white paper: Opening Doors: A New Way To Protect Women's Rights In Equal Pay Actions, addresses these issues and will help you understand your rights and options.

Todd Friedman Interviewed on KABC's Motorman Show

Our Founding Partner, Todd M. Friedman, was interviewed on the Motorman Show this weekend on KABC regarding the CA Lemon Law. Some very interesting topics discussed. Click on the link here to learn more about your rights as a consumer. 

New Standard for Employee Classification

For years, one of the most common and complex problems in employment litigation involves the classification of a worker as either an employee or an independent contractor. This important distinction has been left unclear for years, making it difficult to determine whether an employer’s designation of a worker as an independent contractor is legal.

However, a recent California case has brought some clearer standards for this legal determination. Clearer standards will minimize unnecessary litigation and protect employees from exploitation.

Dangers of Dispute Resolution Clauses in Employment Contracts

They’re often called “boiler-plate” clauses, and most employment contracts are filled with them: those little subsections in a contract that are pre-written and appear very official, stipulating all sorts of small details about the agreement. These clauses cover everything from vacation and paid time off to various benefits and diversity policies.

One of the most common, and potentially most dangerous, clauses in an employment contract is the dispute resolution clause. If you are entering into a new employment contact, it is important to understand dispute resolution clauses and to understand your rights.

The problems with payday loans

With the challenging state of our economy in the United States, it makes sense that many people fall into financial challenges from time to time. For some, it seems like the only way to cover costs between paychecks is a payday loan.

However, these payday loans should be avoided unless there is no other choice. In addition to unethical lending practices, these payday loan companies commit a range of fair debt collections violations.

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