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August 2017 Archives

Factors used to determine a hostile work environment

Sexual harassment can come in many forms, one of which is a hostile work environment. If you are unsure about whether your workplace in California falls into this category, it can be a good idea to learn about the factors that are used to make this determination. We at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton have outlined the basics about this topic and can fight for your rights if you are a victim of this type of harassment.

What is the meaning of disparate impact?

Workplace discrimination can be overt and intentional, as in cases of disparate treatment, but it is no less harmful when it manifests itself in more subtle and unintentional ways, as in cases of disparate impact. California companies that apply policies and procedures that seem to be nondiscriminatory but actually have an adverse impact upon persons within a particular group are liable for the harm caused to them. This kind of disparate impact discrimination at your place of employment is unlawful and may give rise to a claim for relief and compensation.

Understanding the nuances of wrongful termination

You may consider that a wrongful termination is simply one you consider to be unfair. However, wrongful termination usually does not have much to do with fairness. At the Law Office of Jeffrey Fulton, we know that it is important for you to understand this phenomenon so you can take the necessary steps if you think your firing was illegal.

Are you aware of these less familiar types of sexual harassment?

When you think of sexual harassment, you probably imagine someone touching you inappropriately or threatening to terminate you unless you provide sexual favors. Although these are the most extreme types of sexual harassment, they are not the only unacceptable behaviors you may experience. 

What breaks am I entitled to at work?

Whether you have recently started a new job in California or you have been at the same place of employment for many years, the policies concerning breaks can still be unclear and confusing. Sometimes, your employer may be to blame, but other times the problem may simply be a miscommunication. The State of California Department of Industrial Relations has detailed exactly what you need to know about work breaks in order to ensure you are following the law and being given all the time off that you deserve.

Transgender protection against employment discrimination

Recent years have been quite busy for those in the LGBT community who have been seeking civil rights. While California is a fairly LGBT-friendly state, there have been some times in the past when situations were not covered by law and actions could be taken to legally discriminate. Transgendered individuals, specifically, still face many barriers to equality. Fortunately, when it comes to employment, transgendered people are protected by federal and state laws.

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