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Understanding Family Responsibilities Discrimination

Family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) is a common type of employment discrimination that occurs in the workforce, especially towards pregnant women and mothers. However, FRD is not a type of discrimination that many employers even know they are committing. For instance, an employer may choose not to hire someone because they fear that “familial obligations will Read More

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New California Labor Laws to Look Forward to in 2017

Labor laws are constantly changing, and it is important that California employers keep up with those changes so that they do not unknowingly violate any of them. The Pleasanton business attorneys at Garcia & Gurney, ALC ensure that our clients are in compliance with new and old California labor laws, both for their own protection Read More

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Age Discrimination Laws Make it Illegal to Ask Older Employees to Retire

“How can I ask my older employees to retire?” This is a question that a lot of employers find themselves asking as their workforce ages but shows no signs of retiring. As an employer, it is difficult to find a place for older workers, especially as technology changes and advances, competitive and diverse skill sets Read More

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Employment Discrimination in San Francisco

Today’s women want it all: The career, the marriage, the house, and yes, the family. And they can have it all, with some juggling, multitasking, and super-human willpower. Unfortunately, some individuals may find it difficult to achieve both personal and professional success, and if they fail in one area, they may feel slighted, especially if Read More

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Wrongful Termination in California

California is an “at will” state, meaning that employers have the right to hire and fire individuals at will, without any real reason or explanation (so long as the reason was not illegal, such as race, gender, etc.). If you have been fired from your job in California, the best thing you can do is Read More

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A Lesson from the Feds: When Enough is Enough

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in an employment law case involving a federal employee who filed a discrimination lawsuit based on what he believed to be constructive discharge, or a discriminatory environment that forced him to resign. The allegations are similar to many such cases and likely will be very difficult for him to Read More

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Special Considerations in Employment Law: Employees Over 40

Employees have a myriad of rights that are illustrated by various local, state, and federal laws that provide them with certain guarantees in the workforce. One such law, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), is designed to specifically protect workers who are over the age of 40. What this law means for employers is Read More

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Uber in the News (Again): Background Checks in the Rideshare Busines

The rideshare giant Uber has made news headlines again for its hiring policies. This time, however, it is not because some employee or driver is concerned over their treatment. The most recent complaint lodged against the company is that the criminal background check performed during the hiring process for drivers is allegedly not stringent enough Read More

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Employee Rights When Facing Mass Layoffs or Reductions in Force

No employer wants to lay off large numbers of employees as it is typically a symptom of an economic downturn. Unfortunately, layoffs and reductions in force are a part of doing business as they are one tool of many that companies can use to stay viable in a down market. Making such a decision does Read More

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Prevention and Response

As one Golden State vice-mayor is discovering the hard way, even an allegation of sexual harassment in the workplace can have serious negative side effects on an entire office. In political situations these types of allegations can quickly derail a person’s career, and in a more typical office setting allegations of sexual harassment can develop Read More

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