201412.19
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Employees: If you were fired because your employer mistakenly believed that you were engaged in whistleblowing, you may have a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy

By Helaina L. Chinn, Esq. California law prohibits retaliation by an employer against an employee for whistleblowing. In creating this law, the Legislature found that it serves an important public policy to encourage employees to alert the appropriate authorities when the employee reasonably thinks his or her employer is breaking the law. In a recent…

201412.17
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Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employees

The CalChamber Employment Law Counsel recently published a white paper, titled “An Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employers.” The white paper identifies some of the noteworthy new employment laws from the California Legislature.  The range of subject matters the new laws affect include: (1) Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Protections; (2) Leaves of Absence; (3) Wage…

201411.07
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Lawsuit Filed Against Emerging Worldwide Tech Company Alleges Company Operates Business, in part, on Employees’ Credit

San Diego (November 7, 2014) – MediaTek, Inc., based in Taiwan, is one of the fastest-growing chip design companies in the world, specializing in semiconductors used in cell phones, televisions, and other electronic devices. It rivals local giant, Qualcomm, and counts amongst its customers companies such as Lenovo, Sharp, and Acer. In its quest for…

201410.23
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California Law Protects All Employees, Regardless of Immigration Status, From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation in the Workplace

By Jenna M. Rangel, Esq. Federal immigration law prohibits the employment of “unauthorized aliens” in the United States; but the reality is, there are over 1.85 million undocumented workers in the California workplace. That’s nearly 10% of the total workforce who, unfortunately, experience workplace violations to a higher degree than most. This is in part…

201405.12
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Supervisors Can Be Liable for Harassment and Retaliation

In California, employers aren’t the only ones who face liability for harassment, including sexual harassment, and retaliation in the workplace. Individual supervisors are also liable for their own harassment and retaliation against employees. The law regarding sexual harassment makes employers strictly liable for sexual harassment committed by a supervisor. Therefore, it is important for employers,…

201401.06
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New California Employment Laws for 2014

A host of new employment laws take effect in 2014, many of which went into effect on January 1, 2014. Below is a summary of a few of the new laws affecting the employment arena in 2014. Sexual Harassment Definition SB 292 amends the definition of harassment to clarify that sexually harassing conduct does not…