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Colorism is a subtle but constant source of workplace racism

Some businesses make their racist employment policies obvious because they don’t have any employees from certain backgrounds. They may mistreat certain groups of workers or only promote people from specific backgrounds. However, just because a company hires and…

Do you have enough credits to receive SSDI benefits?

When you start your career, the goal is to hone your skills so that you can make better wages in the future. Whether you work as a teacher or a truck driver, your title and pay should improve…

Can you be fired for changing your religion?

When you took your job, your employer never explicitly asked you what your religion was, but it was fairly obvious to all involved. You could tell that most of the other employees in the office followed that religion.…

Did your employer intentionally misclassify you as a contractor?

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), millions of workers in the United States get misclassified as independent contractors by their employers. They do so to dodge federal and state employment tax payments and lower their labor expenditures.…

Do California employers have a right to a share of your tips?

Any tips left for or given to you by a customer or client belong to you, not your employer. Under California wage and hour laws, you do not have to share the tips you earn with your boss.…

Can your employer fire you for making a long-term disability claim?

Many workers only have the protection of workers’ compensation insurance if they suffer a serious injury on the job. However, their employer might provide supplemental long-term and short-term disability insurance benefits. Some workers even buy their own policy in…

Google’s secret fight to discourage unionization

In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) revealed previously undisclosed information about a controversial campaign by tech behemoth Google. “Project Vivian” was devised to “convince [employees] that unions suck,” as stated by the director of…

Progressive discipline can help hide a wrongful termination

California is an at-will employment state. Any company that has employees can terminate its agreement with an individual worker or an entire group of workers at any time without legal consequences. The workers can also quit, without giving…

Employers still have to pay overtime to some salaried workers

wage laws help ensure that hard-working employees receive fair compensation when their employers demand a significant amount of time from them. Typically, hourly workers can count on receiving 150% of their average hourly wage when they work more…

Observe these timelines in your workers’ compensation claim

Have you been involved in a workplace accident but are unsure of what to do? Informing your employer should be the first step you take but keep in mind that your worker’s compensation claim is hinged on legal…

Do you qualify for SSDI under the worn-out worker rule?

The Social Security Administration has a very strict standard for disability benefits. If you want to collect disability benefits, you will need to show that your condition doesn’t just prevent you from performing your current job but all…

Is a no-beard rule at work a form of racial discrimination?

Workplace racism is sometimes obvious. There are companies that seem to make hiring and promotion decisions based on race because they only employ people of one race or refused to promote people from certain backgrounds. However, overt racism…

California workplace rights related to employee gender identity

Gender identity has evolved into a controversial topic in employment law. Many people struggle to assert their preferred gender in the work environment. For example, a person born a female but identifying as a male can have a…

Can your employer punish you for claiming workers’ compensation?

Companies across California have to pay for workers’ compensation insurance to protect themselves from liability and their employees from major financial losses. When a worker gets hurt, workers’ compensation can pay for their medical treatment and help cover…

Activision Blizzard makes major changes after lawsuits

Gender discrimination is, unfortunately, an ongoing problem in the country. Some companies continue to discriminate against women and face serious repercussions as a result. On Nov. 2, an updated report about Activision Blizzard indicated that the company’s first…

Does a crush injury qualify you to receive disability benefits?

There are many jobs in which it’s commonplace for workers to use or be surrounded by heavy machinery. This often happens in a warehouse, on a construction site, near a harbor, at a truck depot and in manufacturing plants. One of the…

Employers should have anti-discrimination policies

No employee should ever have to deal with discrimination in the workplace. It’s up to employers to ensure that they have policies in place that protect workers from this type of behavior. The policies have to make it…

3 steps to help you successfully appeal an SSDI denial notice

People often find the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits overwhelming. Some people rush through because the process makes them nervous. Others assume that if they provide diagnostic information they don’t have to go into…

What California workers should know about minimum wage law

California’s minimum wage laws are among the most advantageous in the country. Effective Jan. 1, 2022, the minimum wage will be $15.00 per hour for most people who work for an employer with at least 26 employees and…

Does your company’s dress code include racist hairstyle rules?

Racism and racial discrimination have been a part of American society for so long that people often struggle to identify racism in the workplace if it doesn’t involve racial slurs or overt hatred. Racism isn’t just one person…

Can you get Social Security Disability for headaches?

If you deal with regular headaches, then you know how serious they can be. You may miss work because you can’t come out of a dark room or stand the sound of people around you. Migraines, a specific…

Can employers require you to take a lie detector test?

Employers have a lot of options at their disposal for determining whether an employee is a good fit for their company or not. While they can use background checks and certain testing, most employers can’t use a polygraph…

Activision Blizzard faces lawsuit over gender discrimination

Activision Blizzard, Inc. is facing a lawsuit accusing it of allowing a “frat boy” culture and promoting sexism in the gaming industry. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or DFEH,…

Gender discrimination has no place in workplaces in the U.S.

In the United States, there are laws that prevent employers from discriminating against their employees or applicants for positions at their companies.Gender discrimination also known as sexual discrimination, is a violation of an applicant or worker’s rights. when…

What protections does California’s Fair Chance Act offer workers?

A person’s mistakes shouldn’t have to follow them for the rest of their life. That includes a criminal conviction. People who have served their time or paid whatever penalties they were given and are now law-abiding Californians should…

California employment law gives you many rights as a worker

People talk about employee rights often, but have you ever wondered what state law says about these rights? We have found that some workers in Southern California have a poor understanding of how they can and cannot be…

3 warning signs of an upcoming wrongful termination

California is an at-will state for employment. Although companies and individuals sometimes execute contracts with one another, state law allows for companies or workers to terminate employment arrangements for any reason or no reason at all. Your at-will…

Could a construction injury leave you with a disability?

Here in Cerritos and the rest of Southern California, the construction industry is booming — but it’s hard, dangerous work that can also lead to permanent injuries and disabilities. Exactly what dangers you may face on the job…

Can your California employer deny you leave after you’re the victim of a crime?

If you’re reading this, then there’s a strong likelihood that you’ve been the victim of some kind of crime, like domestic violence. You likely understand that the best course of action to take once something as traumatic as…

What should you know about psychological evaluations that may be required for SSD benefits?

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or are currently receiving them, then you may have been asked to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if you qualify or should continue receiving benefits. While you may…

Social Security Disability: Making your initial claim

If you are disabled, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI. SSDI benefits provide you with a monthly income, so you can focus on your health and live comfortably while…

Is it illegal to discriminate against me at work due to my sexual orientation?

The answer to the above question is yes. Such discrimination is definitely illegal. There are laws that protect people against being discriminated against for a variety of reasons in the workplace in Southern California, as well as throughout…

Are you a victim of ageism at work?

Older employees may feel like ageism is the last acceptable prejudice left in the workplace. People who know better than to mock or denigrate someone because of their race, religion, sexual orientation or disability may have no problem…

Can your employer stop you from filing a workplace injury claim?

If you get hurt while you’re working, one of the first things you need to do is to report that injury to your employer. Your employer then has only a short amount of time to report your claim…

The National Trial Lawyers Announces Christopher Canlas as One of Its Top 100 and Top 25 Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyers in California

The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Christopher Canlas of Canlas Law Group, APLC in Cerritos has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 and Top 25 Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyers in California, an honor given to only a select group of…

Foodservice worker and falls are a dangerous combination

Foodservice work involves a number of potential hazards. Whether you’re a server, a busser, the dishwasher or a cook, your job has numerous hazards that can lead to serious injuries. From handling knives and dealing with open flame…

The types of workers’ compensation benefits in California

If you have been injured in the workplace, you’ll likely be entitled to compensation. While your entitlement to compensation is almost guaranteed if you were involved in an accident when you were engaging in work-related activities. However, knowing…

Is a lack of consideration for a promotion a problem?

One of your superiors quits at work. You hope to get promoted, but your boss quickly promotes another employee. Are you actually being discriminated against? This can be a problem when there is no consideration for the position.…

What are my rights as a California employee?

All employees in the United States are protected by certain laws. However, some employees suffer because they are mistreated by their employers, and they are unaware of their rights. This is why it is so important that you…

Do California employers have to practice affirmative action?

In 1995, California voters voted against Proposition 209. Had voters passed that legislation, it would have resulted in a state constitutional amendment allowing for affirmative action policies to be instituted in the public contracting, education and employment sectors throughout the…

Are you entitled to overtime here in California?

While it may be exhausting to think about, most individuals look forward to those busy times on the job in which they may be asked to work more than 40 hours in a week. Workers are often excited…

Electrocution: A risk to outdoor workers

Stormy weather poses a seriousthreat to outdoor workers Did you know that lightning kills an average of 54 people every year? Any time you see a storm in the distance, there’s a chance that you could be struck,…

Grocery store workers may face injuries on the job

You’ve worked at the local grocer for a long time, but over time you’ve noticed a change in how much you can work without pain. You constantly have to worry about weakness and strain in your neck and…

Workers that are most apt to develop repetitive stress injuries

Data compiled by the Pain Relief Institute (PRI) shows that as many as 60-75% of workplace injuries that are reported each year are repetitive stress injuries. Those same statistics show that one in eight workers have this type of…

Could workplace discrimination decline in 2020?

Unfortunately, workplace discrimination is something that is not likely to ever disappear entirely. It has always been an issue in the United States and even the laws that make it illegal have not eradicated it. You can still…

A Long Beach man contends he was fired because he’s white

A 47-year-old Long Beach man broke down on the stand as he testified at a wrongful termination trial against his former employer, the United Parcel Service (UPS), last week. The man’s bosses previously argued that the reason that…

The workers’ compensation timeline in California

If you have been injured while at work in California, it is likely that you will have the right to file for workers’ compensation. This is true regardless of whether you are a United States citizen. In the…

What is more dangerous about some professions over others?

A USA Today investigation last year revealed that 5,147 workers died accidentally on the job in 2017. One of the leading causes of those deaths is accidental drug overdoses. This isn’t the only reason for worker deaths though. National Safety…

Are most workplace back injuries preventable?

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that an estimated 1 million individuals, or 20% of all injured or ill workers, hurt their backs while working each year. These injuries cause these employees to miss nearly just…

Who does California’s whistleblower laws cover and when?

There are both federal and state laws on the books that protect whistleblowers when they come forward and report impropriety. California Labor Code Sections 1102.5 and 1106 are the two primary statutes that detail who’s protected by state whistleblower…

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