201408.27
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When merely considering your rights can get you fired!

Employers may be reluctant to admit that their policies are designed to shut workers out of our civil justice system. But there is no denying their intent. Consider this example. Elizabeth is a widow with five children who came into my office this spring. Since the death of her husband a few years ago, she…
201310.16
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New California law protects immigrant workers from threat of deportation for exercising employment rights

http://celavoice.org/2013/10/15/new-california-law-protects-immigrant-workers-from-threat-of-deportation-for-exercising-employment-rights/
201308.30
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Subsidizing our food supply on the backs of the working class

The fast-food workers’ protests for higher wages last month triggered a national debate about workers’ compensation, price of food, and the role of the statutory minimum wage.  Thousands of fast-food workers have been holding one-day strikes from New York to several Midwestern cities, demanding $15 an hour – more than twice the federal minimum wage….
201210.01
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California Passes Law Protecting Religious Garb, Grooming in the Workplace

On September 8, 2012, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law AB 1964 to amend Section 12926 of the California Government Code (part of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act), clarifying the employment rights of employees wearing turbans, beards and hijabs in observance of their religious beliefs. California law protects individuals from employment discrimination…
201209.18
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Waiver of the Right to Arbitrate in California

On June 13, 2012, the California Court of Appeal in Hoover v. American Income Life Ins. Co., 206 Cal. App.4th 1193 (4th Dist. 2012) (“Hoover”) affirmed an order by the trial court denying arbitration on the grounds of waiver and Labor Code Section 229.  Although the case was noted for its holding with respect to…
201209.12
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Lawsuit Against In-N-Out Burgers for Discrimination Based on Race and/or Age

Class Action lawsuit filed against In-N-Out Burgers earlier this month alleges that the popular burger chain maintains hiring practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, and/or age of the applicants.  Specifically, the complaint charges that the restaurant chain “systematically” denies employment opportunities to African-Americans and/or individuals over the age of forty (40) in…
201209.10
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Payment of Departing Employee’s Final Wages and Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages Upon Termination

As a plaintiff-side employment lawyer, one of the most common questions I encounter is about when an employee’s final wages are due after termination, and penalties associated with the late payment of wages.  This entry in intended to provide some general guidance in this regard. Under California Labor Code §201, “If an employer discharges an…