Should I Tell My Employer About My Medical Diagnosis?

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

            Q:        I was diagnosed with a spine compression fracture and severe depression. I want to request leave but want to keep my privacy at work. Do I need to tell my employer about my medical or psychological condition?             A:        No. The employee is not required to disclos...

New 2020 Minimum Wage Increase for California Workers

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jan 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is the new minimum wage?       Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum wage in California will be $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 employees or less. For employers with 26 employees or more, the minimum wage is now $13.00 per hour. Most employees in California are entitled to be paid a...

When Your Boss Lies About the Reason for Firing You  

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jan 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q:        I was diagnosed with early stage cancer a few weeks ago. I can still do my job but I will need about 5 hours off from work every week for 3 months for medical treatments. I asked my manager for intermittent leave. When he refused, I emailed him information from the Labor Commissioner's ...

Extending Paid Sick Leave to Part-Time Employees

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

            Q:        I am a part-time hourly employee working in retail. I work between 20 to 30 hours a week. I recently got sick and had to be out for three days. I was told that I was not entitled to paid sick leave because I was a part-time employee. Is this right?               A:        N...

Employees’ Right to Sit Down at Work is No Joke

Posted by Joe Sayas | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Eden Smiles worked for Walgreens, the pharmacy giant, as a cashier. She filed a class action case on behalf of current and former non-exempt, hourly-paid cashiers, photo specialists, beauty advisors, and other employees assigned cash register duties who worked for Walgreens. Smiles also filed the...

Protecting Employees Against Discrimination and Retaliation

Posted by Joe Sayas | Dec 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Aurora Isabel is a Filipina who worked for the Pasadena Water and Power. Isabel complained that her manager discriminated against her for her accent. She was demoted to a field position and was told to stop complaining or she would be demoted again. Her manager told her that she had to learn to s...

Protecting New Mothers at Work

Posted by Joe Sayas | Nov 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q:        I work for a 100-employee company in Los Angeles. I recently returned to work after maternity leave. Since I decided to breastfeed my newborn, I needed to periodically pump breast milk at work. When I asked my supervisor if there is a room in the building where I could do this, I was to...

Automatic Time Deductions for Missed Meal Breaks Are Illegal

Posted by Joe Sayas | Oct 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q:        I am a full-time hourly employee. While we were told that we have a 30-minute unpaid lunch break every day, we usually cannot take breaks due to the heavy workload. But the employer still deducts 30 minutes for lunch from our work hours. Is this legal?  A:        No. If you did not tak...

Accommodating Employees with Mental Disability

Posted by Joe Sayas | Sep 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kimberlee Gutierrez worked as a patient registration clerk for Dignity Health for 9 years. Kimberlee had a history of mental disability, which worsened when she was violently attacked by an ex-boyfriend. She took a medical leave of absence for her disability. When she returned to work, she claime...

Sex Harassment Creates a Hostile Work Environment

Posted by Joe Sayas | Sep 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Chastity Jones, is a 42-year-old single mother, who worked as a sales accountant Hologram USA and FilmOn.TV, companies owned by billionaire Alkiviades David. FilmOn.TV Networks is an online television service and Hologram USA operates a hologram theater in Hollywood that has produced holographic ...

Same-sex harassment at work is equally illegal

Posted by Joe Sayas | Sep 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

(Employer's failure to prevent is actionable) COLE H worked as a truck driver for Beverly Fabrics for eight years. During the last 5 years of his employment, he experienced bullying and harassment by a coworker, Dan Rangle. Rangle referred to himself as “Big Swingin' Dan.” Rangle's inappropria...

Are you paying your employer's costs of doing business?

Posted by Joe Sayas | Sep 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

(Your rights to reimbursements may be significant) Q: As part of my work, I travel to clients using my own car and I pay for gas. I also make several business-related calls on my personal cell phone, although since I have an unlimited plan, I do not really incur additional expenses. Should my ...

Are You getting Paid Less Because of Your Gender?

Posted by Joe Sayas | Aug 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The California Fair Pay Act (a.k.a. the Equal Pay Act), enacted in October 2015, prohibits employers from paying employees less than those of the opposite sex for “substantially similar work,” even if their titles are different or they work at different sites. This means the lower paid employee...

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