Monthly Archives: June 2012

sexual harassment under california law

In California, sexual harassment in employment and housing is forbidden under provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), specifically Government Code section 12940. Federal law also prohibits certain types of discrimination and harassment, specifically Title VII. Under FEHA … Continue reading

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Meal and Rest Breaks: Your Rights as an Employee

Many employers provide employees with a rest or lunch break, whether paid or unpaid. This common practice is not required everywhere, however: The federal wage and hour law, called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), doesn’t require employers to provide meal or … Continue reading

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Overtime Overview

What is the minimum wage in California? The minimum wage in California is $8 per hour. Is the minimum wage different in California for tipped employees? Although the FLSA and the laws of some states allow employers to pay tipped … Continue reading

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California Overtime Law

California State Labor Laws Concerning Overtime & Doubletime (Double-time) are Stringent In January of 2000, new overtime regulations went into effect for the state of California. Hourly workers working more than 8 hours in a work day must be paid … Continue reading

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When The Boss Does the Harassing, the Company Pay

A recent decision before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals provides a cautionary lesson for employers involved in employee harassment lawsuits. In Townsend v. Benjamin Enterprises, Inc., the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that Benjamin Enterprises was liable for sexual harassment … Continue reading

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Victory For California Employers – Premiums For Missed Meal/Rest Periods Are Not Wages for Attorneys’ Fees Purposes

The California Supreme Court    has ruled that the winning party in meal and rest break cases cannot recover attorneys’ fees. In an unanimous decision in Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection Inc., the court ruled April 30 that neither employees nor employers who … Continue reading

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