A strange legal situation has ended a family's legal claim against a California state department and has left several legal experts baffled. The survivors of a man killed on the job ceased their claim against the state after an obscure law blocked their chances of success.
California's economy depends on one of the most diverse workforces in the world, and workers and managers alike need to come to work and get their jobs done. This extends across the wide breadth of industries for which the state plays host.
Many groups of Californian workers require extra legal protection to ensure they are treated fairly in the workplace. All workers in the state and elsewhere in the nation deserve equal access to work opportunities and the ability to meaningfully engage in their work.
Workplaces are supposed to be fair, safe places where people go five or more days per week to earn a living. These places have policies in effect that protect employees from discrimination involving age, sex, religion, race, creed, disability and more. There are times when issues arise that require a complaint to be filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Employment discrimination is against the law, no matter the industry or the company. When it comes to discriminating against potential employees or current employees, companies can face serious fines and penalties, including lawsuits from individuals or groups if it occurs. Here's how you can spot employment discrimination at your workplace.
Under California law, hourly employees are required to receive time-and-a-half pay after working eight hours in a day. Employees are also required to receive time-and-a-half pay to employees who work seven straight days in a workweek. California law also mandates double-pay for employees who work more than 12 hours a day, or employees who work more than eight hours on the seventh straight day in a work week. There are exceptions to these laws, but generally speaking, hourly employees and even many salaried employees in California are entitled to overtime pay.
Whistleblower laws serve the purpose of protecting employees who report an employer's violation of the law or public's trust from being retaliated against for doing so. While most states have whistleblower laws in place that protect public employees from being fired for reporting this type of crime, very few states also protect private employees. California is one of few states that protect both types of employees though.