People depend on their jobs for their livelihood. They trust that the people they work for will conduct themselves professionally, in a manner consistent with basic ethical standards. However, that does not always occur, and some employees may feel that it is their duty to raise an alarm on any situation that seems concerning. If an employer decides to fire an employee for that reason, it may be considered wrongful termination. This is what one former administrative assistant to a charter school here in California alleges happened to her.
A recent article was published about the misclassification of employees and how it is costing them fair compensation and benefits packages. When it comes to employment classification, workers in California will fall under one of the following categories: independent contractor, freelancer or employee. What is the difference, and why does it matter?
Several workers at a UPS warehouse in another state have filed legal claims against the company for its failure to take action when reports of racial abuse were made. Discrimination in any of its forms is unacceptable in any work environment here in California or elsewhere. All employees have the right to enjoy an employment experience free from harassment and abuse. The accusations made in this particular case are quite disturbing. Anyone experiencing the same thing should know that it is not something that they have to live with.
Up until recently, Google has used arbitration to handle internal company issues. This practice was required per employee contracts. Just recently, this practice was ended. When an employment dispute arises, Google employees in California and elsewhere now have the ability to turn to litigation for resolution.
A Midwest-based tire company has been found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to properly pay its employees. Best-One Tire, which has stores in 24 states -- California not included -- reportedly failed to pay over 1,000 employees overtime pay or paid them overtime rates lower than what the law requires. The company now has to pay those wages and make changes to how they will compensate employees going forward. While California residents may not be affected by this particular company, it is still a good read for anyone who believes that their employers are failing to provide adequate employment compensation.