California is an at-will employment state. Companies have the authority to let workers go for a wide range of different reasons — potentially even for ill-advised or largely frivolous reasons. When it comes to hiring and firing, employers in our state retain a considerable amount of discretion. That being said, employers cannot remove a worker… Read More

If you are considering bringing this type of legal action, you may be wondering: What is the average lawsuit settlement for wrongful termination? An employee who was unlawfully fired or laid off may be entitled to financial compensation and/or equitable relief through a wrongful termination lawsuit. This is a complicated question; there is no true… Read More

There are many reasons you may want to pursue an employment law claim in California. You may feel you’ve been the victim of discrimination because of your age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or a range of other protected personal characteristics. Similarly, you may have suffered retaliation at work, been wrongfully or constructively discharged, or have… Read More

Yes, there is a version of maternity leave in California for fathers The structure of American society has changed dramatically over the last several decades. A greater percentage of fathers are now taking off time from work to care for and bond with their newborn children. According to the United States Department of Labor, 90… Read More

In California, most non-exempt employees are entitled to a certain number of meal breaks and rest periods throughout their work shifts. How many breaks you’re entitled to depend mainly on the length of your shift. If you feel your California employer is denying you a proper meal or rest breaks,  reach out to the employees’… Read More

Whether you have recently given birth to a child, adopted a child, or are fostering a child in California, you may be entitled to maternity leave per California’s various maternity leave laws. These laws are designed to protect new and expecting mothers from losing their jobs because of their new and impending responsibilities of motherhood…. Read More

The federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) tries to strike a balance between employee rights and the rights of employers. In particular, the NLRA does not mandate that workers have unions, but it does allow workers to engage in concerted activity to improve their conditions of employment. This concerted activity can take many forms, such… 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

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