Author: paul

  • How Do You Win a Whistleblower Retaliation Claim? California Courts Weigh In

    State and federal law protect employees who “blow the whistle” on their employers. These protections are intended to encourage people who have information about their employers’ unsafe or fraudulent practices to come forward. The whistleblower laws protect employees who report illegal employment practices, as well as a wide variety of illegal practices, including: Workplace safety…

  • Equal Pay Violations Remain Common Across Industries

    At the end of the fiscal year and beginning of the new year, employers often give raises and bonuses. These pay adjustments are often made in the secrecy of annual reviews and Zoom one-on-ones that obscure any transparency into the process. Employees who ask questions are often told their questions violate policy, that wages are…

  • California Outlaws Abusive Production Quotas at Warehouse Distribution Centers

    You might be shocked to discover that in this day and age, some employees are forced by aggressive production quotas to originate in water bottles in order to avoid being fired. Unfortunately, not only is this happening at one of the world’s biggest companies—Amazon—but Amazon was forced to publicly apologize and admit that it was…

  • Discrimination Claims Based on Algorithms

    Computer and artificial intelligence algorithms are used widely to reduce workloads for humans and produce fast, reliable results. They are programmed to do tasks based on past and predictable patterns. They are considered objective, impartial decision-makers that filter the most relevant sources for your google searches, reorder the content of your social media, and determine…

  • Service & Support Animals at Work: Know Your Rights

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit employers from discriminating based on disability. Employers must engage in an interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations that allow a disabled employee to work successfully. Often, an employee will want to bring a service or support dog to work. Is…

  • Understanding Your Right to Maternity Leave in California

    Preparing to have a baby is hard enough without the challenge of navigating the developed world’s worst maternity leave policies. Fortunately, in California, expecting and new mothers are entitled to more maternity leave than in the rest of the country. Some of it is even paid! While this is a low bar, you may be…

  • A Primer on the Federal False Claims Act

    The federal False Claims Act (FCA) is one of the most powerful tools in the federal government’s fraud-fighting arsenal. The FCA was passed during the Civil War to “root out fraud against the government.” Since 1863, Congress has updated the law several times to give it more teeth and provide bounties for whistleblowers to provide…

  • Working with Multiple Sclerosis: Your Right to Accommodations

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease. People who live with MS often experience patterns of exacerbation and remission. When symptoms are in remission, people with MS may be able to work with minimal accommodations. But when symptoms are exacerbated, these employees may require significant accommodations. Unfortunately, employees in this situation may need to advocate…

  • Can I Be Fired for Filing an EEOC Complaint?

    Many people who make discrimination complaints to the EEOC feel like they have a target on their back. Their employers treat them differently and try to make them quit. Sometimes, employers make up excuses to fire people who complain of discrimination. So is your employer allowed to fire you after you make a EEOC or…

  • Is Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Illegal?

    What is workers’ compensation? Workers’ compensation is payment to compensate an employee if the employee suffers an injury or ailment resulting from their work. It may include money for wage replacement, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other benefits. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance. An employer pays a premium to an insurance company in exchange…