Company Policy Versus the Law of Reasonable Accommodation

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jul 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mykyn Woods worked as a Senior Community Manager for Greystar Management Services, a property management company with offices all over the United States. Less than a year after she started working for Greystar, Woods was injured in a vehicle accident. She sustained herniated discs, and ruptures o...

Being On-Call May Entitle You to Additional Pay  

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jun 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Alexia Herrera worked as a Sales Associate at Zumiez, Inc., a retail store in Chico, California. Zumiez scheduled Herrera and other employees for work according to two scheduling policies. First, Zumiez scheduled employees for "Show-Up" shifts, requiring the employees to physically report for sch...

When Employees Refuse Employer’s Illegal Instructions

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jun 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Shujun Qiu was hired by Three Rivers Provider Network Inc. as its controller. Throughout her employment, Qui excelled at her job and her employer had no complaints about her performance. She was eventually promoted to corporate treasurer.                           On the fifth month of her emplo...

Are You Harmed if Your Paystubs are Incomplete?

Posted by Joe Sayas | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Julie Gunther started working as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines in 2015. In 2017, she sued her employer in a class action, claiming that Alaska Airlines did not provide her with accurate itemized paystubs. This led her to question whether she was in fact paid properly for all the hours sh...

Protecting Employee Whistleblowers in these COVID-19 Times

Posted by Joe Sayas | Apr 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last week, CNN reported that ten nurses from Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California were placed on administrative leave for demanding N95 masks while treating Covid-19 patients. The nurses were suspended with pay for refusing to enter Covid-19 patient rooms without N95 ...

Recovering Insurance Payments for Coronavirus Losses

Posted by Joe Sayas | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

These are challenging times for California small businesses. Restaurants, retail stores, and other services sustained (and continue to sustain) coronavirus-related losses. Their damages resulted from severe business interruption, event cancellation, loss of supply chains, and loss of customers am...

Employees’ Rights and the Coronavirus, Part 3

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q:        I read about severe cases of COVID-19 infections requiring several weeks of recovery. Can the employer fire me while being on leave due to this illness? Do I have remedies? A:        The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) protects employees' rights to take a leave of absence due to th...

Employees’ Rights and the Coronavirus, Part 2

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q:        I work for a company that provides 40 hours of paid sick leave. This is about 5 days of work. If I ever need to take leave due to COVID-19, 5 days may not be enough. What are my options?  A:        As of this writing, the recorded cases of COVID-19 is approaching 11,000 in the United ...

Should Employees Be Paid Even if Not Working?

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Over a decade ago, four truck drivers sued Wal-Mart claiming Wal-Mart violated California's meal and rest break laws. As part of their job, truckers would travel a wide range of routes, to different locations, hauling different freight.           Wal-Mart paid truckers through an “activity-based...

Employees’ Rights and the Coronavirus, Part 1

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

 Q:        I am a working parent with a school-age child, who has been sent home due to fears of infection from the coronavirus. My work entails interacting with people throughout the day. I want to take precautions, practice social distancing, and self-quarantine if necessary. However, I am worr...

Is this “Church” Engaging in Human Labor Trafficking?

Posted by Joe Sayas | Feb 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

On January 29, 2020, the FBI conducted a raid of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name church in Van Nuys, California. During the raid, the federal authorities arrested three top administrators for the church. The FBI alleged that the church was engaging in immigration fraud and ...

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