Gender discrimination laws in California are infinitely more complex than most other states. California now requires employers to take transgender identity and expression into consideration. The new regulations, which were approved by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in May of 2017, went into effect in July, 2017. The new regulations expand… Read More

Congratulations To Our 2018 Scholarship Recipients! Megan Rodriguez Megan spent 5 years serving in the United States Air Force and has a robust number of experiences dealing with veterans around California. She has been a member of the California State Senate assisting veterans with benefits and resources. Currently, Megan is working hard towards a graduate… Read More

Whistleblowers are modern day heroes, alerting government authorities to illegal activity. However, blowing the whistle on your employer can come with consequences. In particular, your boss might retaliate against you through demotion, exclusion, or general hostility. If you have suffered an adverse employment action after blowing the whistle, you can file a California whistleblower protection… Read More

California, like other states, sets a minimum wage that employers must pay their employees. Failure to pay the required wages is a serious offense, and workers might be entitled to back pay. Read on for more information about California’s minimum wage laws. The Current Minimum Wage in California California actually sets two minimum wages—one that… Read More

California and federal law give employees substantial rights, and you can report your employer if they violate one of them. For example, an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic or require you to break the law. If you report this illegal activity, then your employer might retaliate against you. Sometimes, it… Read More

The California Fair Pay Act signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown provides additional protection for equal pay in the state. California employers must offer equal pay for “substantially similar work,” though employers can offer different pay in certain situations. New Requirements Under the old California law, employers were required to provide equal pay only… Read More

Every employee, no matter what position they are in, the level they are at in their career, or for whom they work, is entitled to a safe and non-hostile work environment. If a work environment becomes hostile, that employee is entitled to pursue legal action. But, you may wonder, what does and does not constitute… Read More

Life is full of unexpected surprises—some wonderful, and others unfortunate. Often, those surprises come in the form of babies, injuries, illness, and loss. When the unexpected arises, we are forced to put everything else on hold, including our jobs. Without certain protections in place, we are forced to quit jobs during unexpected times. Fortunately, there… Read More

If you were fired or quit your job in California, you are entitled to pay immediately, or within 72 hours in certain circumstances. Most employers are pretty good about issuing a final paycheck within the specified timeframe, but every once in a while, an employer will push its luck and refuse to pay the former… Read More

 As a California employee, it is crucial that you understand your rights under California’s labor code. Otherwise, you risk falling victim to wage and labor violations without even realizing it. One of these laws in the code is the California Private Attorney General Act (PAGA). What is the California Private Attorney General Act? PAGA allows employees… Read More