Workers in California and across the nation are protected by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which defines employee hourly wages, breaks and other benefits. Employers who do not follow these regulations may be charged with violations and face serious fines as a result.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton in California, we empathize with the difficulties you sometime encounter in finding and maintaining a job when you are disabled. As you likely know, and as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reminds you, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against you in any aspect of employment from hiring and firing to pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, etc. based on your disability. In addition, the ADA requires employers to reasonably accommodate your disability.
Many women may justifiably worry about reporting incidents of sexual harassment they experience in the workplace.
When you hear about sexual harassment in the news, the story may talk about overt acts committed by creepy managers and lecherous customers. While you may know that sexual harassment in the workplace is common in California, you might not recognize its different forms. Many types of sexual harassment are subtler than the headlines suggest. In fact, sexual harassment often starts in less obvious ways before increasing in intensity, or it may remain subtle, yet equally damaging.
As a California employee, you have many rights and protections under Title VII of the U.S. Code. One body of rights applies not only to your right to challenge workplace discrimination by reporting it to your employer or notifying the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but also your right to suffer no retaliation or reprisal from your employer if and when you do.
If you work in a job field where tips are a part of your income, it is important to understand how these tips can affect your wages. According to California Labor Law, employees who receive tips as part of their job can be paid a lower wage when compared to the minimum wage required to be paid by other employers. The amount of cash wages you are paid as a tipped employee, however, can vary depending on how many people are employed with the company. For example, companies that have less than 25 employees must pay a cash minimum wage of $10.50, while companies that have more than 26 employees must pay a minimum wage of $11.00.