• When Does Workplace Bullying Become Harassment?

    Bullying in the workplace can rapidly create a toxic environment–or it may be part of an overall toxic environment to begin with. Unfortunately, an average 19% of adults have personally experienced bullying in the workplace, and another 19% have noticed bullying happening to someone else. Worse, sometimes bullying crosses the line into harassment, causing even […]

  • The Top Circumstances That Cause a Toxic Work Environment

    In a toxic work environment, employees often struggle with productivity and motivation. Worse, a toxic work environment can cause a host of physical and emotional health problems, many of which can have substantial impact on your life outside of work. An average 1 in 5 Americans have left a job within the past five years due to […]

  • What is LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace?

    Roughly one in five LGBTQ individuals in the U.S. reports having been discriminated against for their sexuality or gender identity when applying for a job, and nearly the same amount report being passed over for a promotion due to their sexuality or gender identity or have received unequal pay as a result. Nearly 60 percent of […]

  • The Top 10 Reasons People Get Fired

    With some notable exceptions, California is an at-will employment state. What this means is that your employer can fire you at any time and for any reason. Obviously, there are some very common reasons for termination of employment, including the top ten reasons listed below. 1. Poor Work Performance Poor work performance is the most […]

  • Preserving Your Rights: Filing a Timely Sexual Harassment Claim

    While we might like to believe that sexual harassment doesn’t occur very often, that is unfortunately not true. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives approximately 7,000 claims of sexual harassment each year — and this number only represents workplace harassment that is reported. Sexual harassment is not reported far too often — and even when it […]

  • Understand Reasonable Accommodation and Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

    Federal law provides few protections for workers. However, a candidate cannot be excluded from consideration for a job nor can an employee be discriminated against in their job for religious reasons. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects you as a job application or a current employee to be free of religious discrimination […]

  • What You Need to Know about Sexual Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

    No employee should have to deal with workplace sexual discrimination. In truth, every worker has a right to a safe working environment, free of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims. Unfortunately, sexual discrimination is a difficult topic that causes many employee victims not to want to come forward in fear of what can happen to […]

  • How Will Posting on Social Media Affect Your Employment Law Claim?

    Today, everyone uses social media- from employer to employee. In many instances, businesses, professional offices, retail stores, and even restaurants use social media to promote their services and products. Yet, whether it is in a professional or personal setting, many individuals do not even think twice before posting anything on social media platforms. However, this […]

  • Should I Hire a Lawyer Before Filing an Employment Claim if I Suspect Policy/Law Violations?

    You noticed that policies or laws were violated in your workplace. Perhaps you faced retaliation after reporting serious violations, or maybe you faced harassment at work. Now, you need to file an employment claim. Do you need a lawyer? You may choose to work with an attorney for a variety of reasons as you move […]

  • California Compliance Deadline for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Still Set For January 1, 2021

    In 2018, California extended its law regarding anti-harassment training requirements to employers with five or more employees and mandated that non-supervisors and supervisors also had to receive this type of training. Yet, even though the original deadline for this prevention training was set for January 1, 2020. In 2019, Governor Newsom signed legislation extending this deadline […]