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September 2017 Archives

New California bill would aid wage disputes

Construction workers may soon have increased abilities to reclaim back pay if they were stiffed by a contractor. The California bill, which has passed the Senate and the Assembly, is now on the Governor's desk. It would allow construction workers to seek lost wages and benefits from the general contractor, even if they did not directly work for the contractor. Many wage disputes occur when the subcontractor skips town or declares bankruptcy to avoid paying workers. 

Former California Goodwill employee sues for wrongful termination

An employee of a company would like to think that, if a safety issue is reported in good faith, the company will take steps to address and ameliorate the issue. This was not the case for one California man, who has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer. The chain of Goodwill stores is currently facing another lawsuit and a series of safety violations, as well as the lawsuit from the fired employee. 

Ex-Google women share employment discrimination woes

It is hard for a company to buck long-standing gender norms and stereotypes, but in the United States, it isn't an option. Since gender and racial equality are written into law, businesses must find a way to overcome any lingering cultural negativity and embrace fair workplaces for all. Employment discrimination has negative impacts on the well-being of employees, and the company will also suffer as a result. California technology giant Google is currently grappling with these issues as more ex-employees speak out about their experience of bias on the job. 

Sexual harassment issues in California startups spark bill

Legislation has come a long way in protecting vulnerable classes of employees from abuse and mistreatment. If an employee finds herself being harassed by another employee or supervisor within her company, she can take the issue to HR and to court if need be, since sexual harassment is prohibited in the workplace. The relationship between investors and startup founders isn't as clear when it comes to harassment, however, and this gray area has led to the development of a new California bill. 

Reasons for wrongful termination in California

Jobs come and jobs go. Sometimes an employee decides to leave a job, and sometimes the employer gives an employee the boot. In an at-will employment state like California, both the employer and the employee can terminate the employment at any time. The at-will designation may make it seem like there can be no case for wrongful termination, since an employer can let a person go at any time. However, there are some protected statuses, and it is true that an employer cannot end the employment for just any reason. 

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