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The Ongoing Problem of Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on: June 19, 2018

Discrimination can be obvious or subtle, in companies large or small. In 2018, it seems as though sex-based discrimination should be a thing of the past — especially for something like pregnancy. Yet a recent New York Times article highlighted just how pervasive pregnancy discrimination is across the United States. Despite policies designed to help […] read more →

Obtaining Social Security Benefits for a Mental Health Condition

Posted on: June 13, 2018

If you meet certain criteria, you may qualify for benefits. While many people believe that Social Security disability benefits are limited to those people with physical disabilities, people with mental health conditions may also qualify for benefits. Because the symptoms of mental health disorders are not always as obvious as with physical conditions, it is […] read more →

Your Right to Religious Accommodation in the Workplace under California Law

Posted on: June 8, 2018

California law gives broad protections to employees on the basis of religious belief. One of the most challenging issues for many people to negotiate at work is their religion. Unlike race or gender, religion is not necessarily something that is obvious about a person, yet for many people, it is a fundamental part of who […] read more →

California Supreme Court Narrows the Definition of an Independent Contractor

Posted on: June 4, 2018

The pro-employee ruling will likely be hugely beneficial to workers in the “gig economy.” The question of whether an employee is an independent contractor or an employee is a big one. Unlike employees, independent contractors are not entitled to benefits, or to any of the protections that are typically associated with working for a company. […] read more →

Is IBM Discriminating Against Older Workers?

Posted on: May 28, 2018

The EEOC is currently investigating the complaints against IBM. IBM was once known as the top technology company in the world. Over time, the tech landscape changed, and IBM found itself facing challenges in its workforce. In particular, IBM had older employees compared to its competitors. According to a recent report from ProPublica, its solution […] read more →

Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Workers’ Right to Sue as a Group

Posted on: May 23, 2018

The decision is seen as a blow to employee rights. In May, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis. While most Americans do not pay attention to the various opinions issued by the Supreme Court, this one has the potential to have a major impact on the lives of […] read more →

California Approves Harassment and Bias Rules for Lawyers

Posted on: May 21, 2018

The new rules will require attorneys to notify the bar of pending legal actions. The #MeToo movement that has swept the nation has brought a new set of professional conduct rules to the legal profession. While these rules were years in the making, they were recently approved, and will take effect in the fall for […] read more →

Pedestrian Deaths Show Significant Increase

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The number rose 46% from 2009 to 2016. In recent years, our vehicles have gotten safer, with more features designed to help us be better drivers, such as cameras to help us see behind us when we drive and sensors that can help us brake faster when objects are in the road in front of […] read more →

Ashley Judd Files Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein, Alleging Economic Harm

Posted on: May 5, 2018

The lawsuit claims that Weinstein worked to damage her career. By now, most people are familiar with the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. For decades, he is alleged to have sexually harassed and assaulted employees and actresses in Hollywood. This past fall, victims of his abuse began speaking out, sparking the #MeToo movement. After initial pushback, […] read more →

Who Is Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Posted on: May 2, 2018

There are some exceptions to workers’ compensation coverage. The workers’ compensation system is a fairly ingenious system designed to make sure that employees who are hurt or who develop an illness while at work receive certain benefits — regardless of fault. Instead of haggling over the cause of the injury or illness, or what the […] read more →

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