An employer cannot terminate you because your race or religion does not fit in with its sexy marketing scheme - that would be a failure to accommodate and or discrimination.
You give up many rights, and protection from discrimination, by signing an arbitration agreement at work. Employees often sign these arbitration agreements unknowingly. You know how this happens. Remember that giant pile of paperwork you received on the first-day of work? Most people sign those documents without reading them. Sometimes the arbitration agreement is included in these papers as a separate contract. Other times, the agreement is hidden within the employee handbook acknowledgement form, employment contract, or hiring letter. You should slow down and read it all before signing your name.
Many employers engage in conduct that violates the law, and they are not supposed to retaliate against you for speaking up or opposing this kind of unlawful activity. "Retaliation" may come in the form of termination, demotion, suspension, other discipline, threats, harassment, or discrimination.
You have a right to privacy at work, and home. Employers may require you to carry a GPS device that tracks your location while you are on the clock. However, you do not have to carry the device 24/7.
SEC Gives $600,000 to Whistleblower in Retaliation Case
A teacher in California has just won a substantial amount of money in a case revolving around being fired from his job. Reports show that he was awarded a total of $3.35 million at the conclusion of the case.
Under the Family Medical Leave Act, workers may be allowed to take leave without employer retaliation. However, this leave must be qualified and the FMLA does not apply to all employers. The act applies only to companies who have at least 50 employees, and only to workers who have been employed for at least 12 months.
California employees may be interested in news about the largest judgment yet under the whistleblower protection provisions of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This case involves an ex-employee of Playboy Enterprises who was fired in retaliation for exposing fraudulent bonuses.
A nuclear power reservation manager, who had reported dangerous conditions at the facility, was fired in February for reasons that her employer claims are unrelated to her safety complaints. The woman had been reporting violations that she suspected were occurring at the plant. She is believed to be the second whistleblower to be fired at the company in less than half a year, which may send the wrong message to California workers who wish to report safety concerns.
Wal-Mart shoppers in California may have heard that the megastore chain has a reputation for being anti-union. However, the National Labor Relations Board recently escalated the fight by charging the Arkansas-based retailer with wrongful termination over employees being fired, allegedly for protesting their wages and their working conditions. Named in the complaint were 61 supervisors and executives.
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