WHAT IF I AM ASKED AN INAPPROPRIATE QUESTION DURING A JOB INTERVIEW?

As discussed in a previous post, California law prohibits employers from asking non-job related questions that may lead to discrimination as to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, gender, pregnancy, age, or sexual orientation. Employers … [Read more...]

What can an employer ask during a job interview?

California law prohibits employers from asking non-job related questions that may lead to discrimination as to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, gender, pregnancy, age, or sexual orientation.  Basically, employers should only ask questions … [Read more...]

Can I Pump Breast Milk at Work?

California provides lactating mothers the right to pump breast milk at work under the California Lactation Accommodation law. This law requires most employers to give women a reasonable break from work to pump breast milk and to provide a private location that is: shielded from view; not a bathroom stall; and near or at the employee’s work area. … [Read more...]

Is my job guaranteed after I return from maternity leave?

JOB-PROTECTED MATERNITY LEAVE Often a woman doesn’t want to take time off from work to care for herself or her child because she fears that she will lose her job while on leave.  But many women are entitled to job-protected maternity leave. California provides two types. The first type falls under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave law … [Read more...]

Does California Provide Maternity Leave?

California law provides two kinds of maternity leave. The first is under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave law (PDL), and the second is under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), often called “bonding” leave. Many employers confuse the two or treat them as the same.  Both types, however, provide different benefits and have different … [Read more...]

Is My Employer Required to Stop Sexual Harassment?

In an earlier post, I discussed what employees should do if they are being sexually harassed. Among other things, employees should tell the harasser to stop, and if that doesn’t work, they should report the harassment to appropriate persons at work (i.e. human resource department, supervisor, or upper management). Once reported, California law … [Read more...]

How Do I Know If I’m Being Sexually Harassed?

Sexual harassment is more than the typical “you’ll get ahead in this company if you sleep with me” statement.  It isn’t always so obvious and direct.  The following are just some of the many forms of sexual harassment under California law. EXAMPLES OF VERBAL AND WRITTEN SEXUAL HARASSMENT  Asking a person out for dates or drinks or to have … [Read more...]

What to do if sexually harassed at work.

1.    TELL THE HARASSER TO STOP Often harassers are oblivious that their behavior is unwanted, offensive, and downright creepy. Be direct. Tell the harasser that you don’t enjoy his or her behavior Be specific about the behavior you don’t enjoy Demand the behavior to stop For example, a manager repeatedly refers to you … [Read more...]

Is My Job At-Will?

Most California jobs are at-will.  As discussed in a prior post, at-will means employees can be fired at any time, for almost any reason – regardless if the reason is true or valid — or for no reason at all. If you are unsure whether your job is at-will, start by reviewing your employment contract, employee handbook, and any other paperwork … [Read more...]

What is At-Will Employment in California?

California law provides little job security to at-will employees. At-will employment means that employers can terminate (i.e. fire) employees at any time, for almost any reason – regardless if the reason is true or valid — or for no reason at all. Employers can lawfully fire employees for almost anything: employers don’t like them, find them … [Read more...]