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May 2016 Archives

Retirement of California police officer may be due to retaliation

The generally understood "code" among those in law enforcement contends that any issues should be handled internally, and kept beyond the knowledge of the public or media. However, there are times where members of the force find this untenable, especially in the instances of abuse of power and corruption. A recent article describes a situation where a California police officer was forced to retire in retaliation for bringing an embezzlement scheme to light within her department.

New California law may curb hostile work environment practices

When people typically consider the lifestyle of models, actors/actresses and others in the entertainment industry, they conjure visions of lavish parties, expensive clothing and a fairly comfortable way of life. However, most who are "in the industry" describe a life in which they are subjected to a hostile work environment. Generally, they have very few legal protections from the frequently untenable conditions and demands that are required of them. In California, lawmakers have proposed legislation that may go a long way to provide labor protections for the modeling industry, and also open the door for more sweeping legislation that could cover others in the entertainment industry.

California man sues famous design house for wrongful termination

Within the realm of high fashion, it is fairly rare to hear of anyone being fired or discriminated against due to their sexual orientation. On both the national and state levels, employment laws prevent discrimination based upon a person's sexual orientation. Specifically, California has enacted laws that prohibit job discrimination based upon this factor. The laws were passed in order to safeguard workers from wrongful termination that is based solely upon whether they are heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual.

Understanding California's new Family Medical Leave Act laws

The past several years have been very good for employees in California. Updated laws governing a variety of employment and workplace issues have been passed that have created an increasingly better work environment for most citizens. In April, legislators added additional provisions to Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) laws in the state, which have further improved conditions for California's lowest wage earners.

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