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Hostile Work Environment at Universal Studios

Valencia, CA No one really knows how many workers are subjected to harassment because many employees are afraid of retaliation if they complain about their hostile work environment. These days it's not easy to find work elsewhere and all too often supervisors, managers and employers take advantage of their authority, even though they are violating the California labor law.

April 27, 2011

Is Pharma Rep Overtime Debate Destined for US Supreme Court?

Seattle, WA Should pharmaceutical reps qualify for overtime? It has proven to be a contentious issue, rife with debate and conflicting rulings. It's an Employment issue that is not confined to pharma reps, but has affected a number of sectors that pit employees who feel they have been stiffed out of extra pay, against employers who sometimes pull every trick in the book to get out of paying overtime.

February 23, 2011

Judge Throws Out California Labor Law Class Action

Sacramento, CA The California labor law ruling may have come down after the defendant was no longer in office - however, it took the presiding judge just one day following the hearing of arguments to rule against the plaintiffs in Newton v. Schwarzenegger. The class-action lawsuit launched over correctional officer furloughs was struck down, the Sacramento Bee reports.

February 8, 2011

State Supreme Court: Richmond Did Not Violate California Labor Law

San Francisco, CA The state Supreme Court ruled recently that the city of Richmond did not violate civil rights or California labor law when it laid off 18 firefighters when the city was facing the potential of bankruptcy in 2003, the Contra Costa Times reports.

January 31, 2011

California Labor Law: Harassment Led to Suicide Attempt

San Bernadino Valley, CA Wrongful termination and workplace harassment are California Labor Law violations, even though California is an "at-will employment" state, and men can be harassed.

December 15, 2010

Was Worker's Death Due to Ignorance of California Labor Laws?

San Francisco, CA The very premise of California labor law dictates a number of assumptions: that workers will be paid fairly, that they will be properly trained, and that they ultimately have a safe environment in which to work. The latter tenet appears to have been lacking in 2008 when a young mother met a horrible death at a California printing plant.

November 1, 2010

Carwash Owners Sued by State for Violating California Labor Law

Los Angeles, CA The owners of a posh Hollywood restaurant are being accused of violating California labor law in connection with eight carwashes they also own.

October 18, 2010

Disease Discrimination Exists in the Workplace

Los Angeles, CA A California police officer recently filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles alleging discrimination on the part of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Malcolm Thomas's California labor lawsuit was augmented by charges that his employer discriminated against an injury he suffered on the job. Instead of making allowances for Thomas's injury, his employer allegedly put him in situations that proved to aggravate the injury.

September 7, 2010

Hands in the Tip Jar—Violation of California Labor Law

Los Angeles, CA: Cheryl and her co-workers at the dog grooming salon suspected some time ago that their boss was taking a good chunk of their tips, but after Cheryl heard about the Starbucks settlement (the company was ordered to pay back more than $100 million to California baristas), she realized her boss was ripping them off. California labor law prohibits managers and supervisors from sharing in employee tips.

May 11, 2010

Updated California Labor Code Tested, Settlement Reached

Los Angeles, CA A 2004 addition to the California labor code underwent its first true test this month with the announcement of a settlement that will see employees of a subcontractor receive compensation for deprivation of contributions to social security, disability and unemployment insurance.

February 16, 2010
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