Ruben Limonjyan | November 30, 2020 | Wage & Hour Law
What Is My Employer Allowed to Deduct from My Pay?
As an employee, you know how important each cent is in your paycheck. That’s why most people, including you, would be skeptical if strange deductions you don’t recognize started appearing on your pay stubs. Employers in California are allowed to make certain deductions from their employees’ gross earnings, but these must be authorized by law or with the expressed consent...
Ruben Limonjyan | November 17, 2020 | Employment Law
California Drastically Expands Coverage for Employee Leave
California Governor Gavin Newson on Sept. 17 signed Senate Bill No. 1383, which scraps the current California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and eliminates the California New Parent Leave Act in favor of a new CFRA with expanded protections and coverage for employees. The newly minted CFRA, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, is a drastic expansion of...
Ruben Limonjyan | November 10, 2020 | Sexual Harassment
What Qualifies as Sexual Harassment?
It is illegal for an employer, supervisor, or coworker to harass another employer because of their sex. It should be no surprise, then, that this is known as sexual harassment. While people may sometimes think of sexual harassment as something separate from discrimination, it’s actually a form of sex discrimination. So, what really qualifies as sexual harassment? Chances are whatever...
Ruben Limonjyan | October 20, 2020 | Wage & Hour Law
Are Independent Contractors Protected by Employment Laws?
Independent contractors are typically workers who are considered to be in business for themselves. Other companies typically hire independent contractors to fulfill special roles or provide skills the employer’s workforce currently lacks. Because they are considered to be operating their own businesses, independent contractors are also considered free from certain expectations, such as abiding by a set schedule or being...
Ruben Limonjyan | September 23, 2020 | Discrimination \ Harassment
What Is a Hostile Work Environment?
“Hostile work environment” is an employment law term most people are familiar with but may not really understand what it entails. Like other employment law terms, such as harassment and discrimination, it’s important to have a clear grasp of what these all mean and how they may – or may not – apply to a situation you’ve experienced at work....
Ruben Limonjyan | September 7, 2020 | Sexual Harassment
Debunked: 10 Myths about Sexual Harassment at Work
When you think about sexual harassment at work, as a concept, what comes to mind? Chances are your immediate association involves a male supervisor engaging in some sort of sexual misconduct with a female subordinate. This association isn’t inherently wrong, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the extent of what sexual harassment can look like in the modern American...
Ruben Limonjyan | August 24, 2020 | Harassment \ Whistleblower Retaliation \ Workplace Retaliation \ Wrongful Termination
Can I Be Fired for Reporting COVID-19 Safety Violations?
Understanding Your Employee Rights Though COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world and transform how we live our lives, many sectors of the economy are returning to work. Because transmission remains a very real possibility, workplaces are required to maintain new levels of mitigating safety measures to protect both customers and employees. Still, some employees have discovered corners are being...
Ruben Limonjyan | August 10, 2020 | Discrimination \ Wrongful Termination
5 Signs Age Discrimination Led to Your Wrongful Termination
Recognizing the Signs of Age Discrimination in a Dismissal Age discrimination, or ageism, unfortunately impacts a great number of older employees in the workplace. Aging employees can face numerous types of discrimination, including unwarranted charged comments, exclusion from company events, or being passed over for promotions or raises. In some cases, age discrimination can contribute to your dismissal. If you...
Ruben Limonjyan | July 27, 2020 | Sexual Harassment
What You Can Do if You’re Sexually Harassed at Work
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination – it is therefore illegal under federal law. Despite this, sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in the American workplace, and has been for many decades. Ever since women began taking up jobs alongside men, they’ve been disproportionately impacted by sexual...
Ruben Limonjyan | July 8, 2020 | Employment Law
Are There Limitations to At-Will Employment?
Most employees throughout the United States are more than likely considered to be employed at-will. That’s because an at-will employment doctrine is adopted in some form by 49 states, Montana being the exception. This makes it important to understand not just what at-will employment means, but what its limitations are. So, what is at-will employment? Most people tend to have...