I am Robert S. Nelson, founder of the Nelson Law Group. I have extensive experience handling employment-related disputes and issues for employers and employees alike. I have been named a "Rising Star" in employment law by the Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine for 2009, 2010 and 2011. I am an adjunct professor of employment law at Stanford Law School. I have also written numerous published articles about employment law topics for publications such as Workforce.com, the California Chamber of Commerce and the Labor & Employment Law Section of The State Bar of California.
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Employment discrimination occurs when you lose your job or suffer a work detriment because of your:
- Race or color
- Sexual orientation
- National origin
- Pregnancy or family responsibilities
Being fired or denied a job because an employer thinks you are too old for the job is a classic example of unlawful employment discrimination.
Employers are not allowed to treat you differently due to a protected criteria, including race, age, gender, religion, etc. In addition, an employer or manager is prohibited from making sexual demands or offering promotions or benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
When the conditions become unbearable and you are facing a hostile work environment, you have legal options.
If an employee is punished for complaining about certain violations (including safety issues, overtime and compensation issues, and meal breaks), he or she may have options for taking legal action.
The employee can also sue for wrongful termination or when an employee is fired for any reason that violates California public policy, including discrimination, harassment or retaliation.
It is illegal to take action against a pregnant employee, including termination, demotion or denying the woman an employment-related opportunity. This also applies to women who plan on becoming pregnant or fulfilling family responsibilities.
Employees are to be classified according to their duties and the requirements of their job. These classifications determine how the employee will be compensated (whether wage or salary) and how they will be eligible for overtime pay. It also provides guidelines for how benefits are to be handled in each situation.
Contractors and employees may perform the same tasks, but it is important that they are handled distinctly differently according to state and federal laws. These appropriations will determine how taxes and benefits will be handled, as well as liability issues.
It is important that employers have up-to-date handbooks and policies for employees to follow. These rules and guidelines should be established in writing to set clear expectations up front and minimize the risk of litigation, particularly in the rapidly changing landscape of California employment law.
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