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How Can I File A Discrimination Complaint in California?

You must file a complaint with DFEH or the EEOC before filing a lawsuit. Under both federal and California law, employers are forbidden from engaging in illegal discrimination. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provides broader protections than...

What Are Common Illegal Reasons to Be Fired?

Wrongful termination can happen in a number of ways. Under California law, most employees are considered at-will. In general terms, this means that employees can leave their jobs whenever they want, and employers can fire these same employees for any reason…unless...

Mistakes to Avoid in Filing for SSDI Benefits

These errors may lead to a denial of your application. If you are unable to work due to a disability, then you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or SSDI. These benefits are offered through the Social Security Administration (SSA)....

Real World Examples of Employment Discrimination

Discrimination can take many forms — and may be the basis of a lawsuit. Discriminating against employees because of who they are — their race, gender, religion, or other characteristics — is illegal under both federal and state law. Yet all too often, workers face...

What Is Failure to Promote?

Refusing to promote an employee for an illegal reason is against the law. Mark has been working for his boss for 10 years. During that time, he has never gotten a promotion, while other, less qualified, employees are promoted time and time again. Mark is one of the...

California Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19

What you need to know about eligibility for benefits during the pandemic Across California, millions of people are working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But many others have no choice but to go to work at their regular job site. Essential workers are...

What Laws Protect You If You Are Working From Home?

California labor laws still apply to working from home. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-in-place order for all Californians. Under this order, residents should remain at home except to go to work at an essential...

Are Service Charges Considered Tips?

A new California court decision found that in some situations, service charges may be considered tips. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans than ever before are relying on deliveries of goods and services. Instacart, Postmates, Shipt and similar...