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

If you are successful in an employment case, you might settle with your employer for a sum of money. But how much of it can you keep and how much will you lose in taxes? Uncle Sam will come knocking, expecting a cut of the proceeds, so you and your attorney should discuss ahead of… Read More

Federal and state laws protect employees from hostile work environments. What qualifies as a hostile work environment, though, is not always clear. Employees who feel intimidated, scared, or distressed often need clarity about whether they are trapped in a hostile work environment. It is important to understand that many different people can create a hostile… Read More