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Discrimination Laws in California (2019)

By Eugene Lee |

Both Federal and California laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on an employee’s “protected characteristics”. Under California’s broad, pro-employee laws (perhaps the best in the US), “protected characteristics” mean: “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation”. Types of Discrimination

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Los Angeles Courthouses Face Closure: Expect Big Delays

By Eugene Lee |

According to an article in the Pasadena Star News, “L.A. County Superior Court faces budget ax; nine courthouses could close”, up to 9 of Los Angeles County’s 50 courthouses may be closed due to

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Happy Holidays and All the Best

By Eugene Lee |

Times have been tough, no doubt about it. Recession (near Depression), bailouts, record unemployment – all added up to human despair on a scale never before witnessed in recent US memory. At times like this,

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How to Read an Employment Contract: Part 2 (2019)

By Eugene Lee |

Not all employers use employment contracts and not all employees get one. When employment contracts do come into play, they can come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are not written down but have to be pieced

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How to Read an Employment Contract: Part 1 (2019)

By Eugene Lee |

Not all employers use employment contracts and not all employees get one. When employment contracts do come into play, they can come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are not written down but have to be pieced together from multiple conversations and emails. Other times, they can be hundreds

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Should Workers Be Paid for Answering Emails After Hours? (2019)

By Eugene Lee |

In today’s high-tech world, a constant connection to the web and phone comes at a price for workers: all too often, the office comes home with you. A Pew Internet & American Life Project 2008 study entitled “Networked Workers: Most Workers Use the Internet or Email at their Jobs, but They Say These Technologies are…

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How Much Time Do Lawsuits Take? (2019)

By Eugene Lee |

“You’ll be hearing from my lawyer!” Famous last words. But what does bringing a lawsuit really mean? Make no mistake about it, a lawsuit can be a big commitment, not just in terms of money, but also in time. Your time. I’ve already talked about the costs involved. You can read all about it at…

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Google Offers Caselaw…for FREE

By Eugene Lee |

Today Google announced the launch of a free federal and state caselaw database that is lightning fast and extremely powerful. It can be found at the “legal opinions and journals” section of Google Scholar.

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Free Pamphlets on Labor and Employment Laws (2019)

By Eugene Lee |

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) publishes numerous free pamphlets on California labor and employment laws. These pamphlets provide a brief but helpful and easy-to-understand explanation of employee rights under

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District Spends $532k on Lawsuit that Settles for $150k

By Eugene Lee |

What’s wrong with this picture? A school district spends $532,123 in legal fees and costs to fight a wrongful termination lawsuit; after more than 2 years of litigation, it ends up settling the case for $150,000. According to an article in the Ventura County Star entitled

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