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Issues with remote work and employment discrimination

One of the neatest benefits of modern technology is that more and more employees in California are able to do some or even all of their work from the comfort of their own homes. While it is certainly not something that all employers in Northern California offer or that all employees would even want to accept, many find the option both convenient and enjoyable. However, employees who are interested in this option need to be aware of some important rights that they have with respect to remote working arrangements.

Pending lawsuit tests Google's commitment to workplace fairness

One of California's most famous employers, Alphabet, has received accolades in recent weeks over their decision no longer to require employees to submit claims alleging discrimination to an arbitration process. Many people in the Fresno area probably recognize Alphabet as the parent company for Google.

San Francisco pays millions in employment claims

According to recent statistics, San Francisco has paid tens of millions of dollars over the past 12 or so years to resolve various lawsuits, most of which were filed at the hands of employees who had been victimized by some form of discrimination. To break down the numbers, since 2007, San Francisco has had to resolve 57 wrongful termination cases and 55 racial discrimination cases filed by employees against the city.

Workplace dress codes in California can sometimes be unlawful

It probably comes as no surprise that California employers, generally speaking, have the right to create workplace rules and policies that their employees are expected to follow. Employers have leeway to enforce these rules, including firing an employee who breaks them.

Can Californians talk about their wages at work?

For many people who go to work in Fresno, California, talking about one's wages is taboo. Even if no one specifically says so, people just seem afraid to talk about how much money they are making or, at best, feel very uncomfortable with the prospect of doing so.

Essential job functions in an employment discrimination context

A Northern California resident who has done any sort of job search in recent years has probably noticed that job descriptions include a list of what are called "essential job functions." More than just being a way of describing the job, these essential job functions are important for legal reasons, particularly for California employees who may have a disability.

California hospital worker wins over $1 million after termination

A California jury validated the claims of a 61-year-old former hospital worker, who at the time of trial was unemployed, that her former employer discriminated against her. The case may turn some heads in the Fresno area because it was not based on race, age or gender per se but instead was based on the fact that the woman lost her job after getting hurt at work. The woman, who had worked for the hospital for almost 25 years, hurt herself while trying to move medical equipment.

For women, California workplaces have room to improve

Although one must applaud those areas in which progress has been made, it seems that the entire country, including California, has room to improve when it comes to women's rights. This is particularly true with regards to women's right to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace.

We're willing to take on big companies in California

Taking legal action against a big national or international corporation can be a very daunting task. Large companies usually have access to a lot of resources, including a well-financed legal team that will do what it can to defeat or minimize even a legitimate claim filed by an employee.

Basic points about the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA for short, is a federal law that affords certain protections to people who have documented physical or mental disabilities. The ADA actually covers a variety of topics; among these, it protects employees in California and nationwide who may have to work with a disability.

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