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August 2015 Archives

Learn what every worker should know about the Uber controversy

Uber has been in the news recently due to allegations that the company misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. What you may not know is that employee misclassification is serious issue affecting workers in nearly every industry throughout California and beyond - and it could be affecting you.

When is it a workplace romance, and when is it sexual harassment?

A common defense to workplace sexual harassment claims is consent. In other words, an accused supervisor may say that the plaintiff welcomed his or her sexual comments or advances, or that the two parties engaged in a sexual relationship. Whether the defendant’s conduct was welcome to the plaintiff or not may become a key point of any sexual harassment lawsuit.

How workers' religion is protected under the law

It has been more than two months since we discussed the outcome of a woman’s employment discrimination lawsuit against preppy clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch. As a reminder, the woman was not hired as a salesperson because managers decided that her Muslim headscarf, known as a hijab, was not acceptable attire.

Los Angeles one of the 10 worst cities for credit card debt

If you are living in Los Angeles and struggling with credit card debt, you are not alone. In fact, millions of people nationwide find themselves carrying a balance on their credit cards from month to month. But L.A. is among the cities with the highest individual debt, on average, according to TheStreet.

2 more sexual harassment suits filed against Sacramento City Hall

Late in May, we discussed allegations that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson sexually harassed an employee in the city manager’s office in 2013 and 2014. Such accusations are now expanding beyond Johnson to others in City Hall, with two new sexual harassment suits being filed in two days. One of the suits is against Vice Mayor Allen Warren.

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