The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

If you decide to punish an employee for testifying against you in a legal deposition, be prepared for even more litigation.

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2015 saw much media attention focused on the activities of coaches and players off the field—for the wrong reasons.

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Some California employees who are victims of domestic violence have limited job protection when they need time off for treatment, court dates or other related events.

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Generally, employees who complain to their employer that they aren’t being properly paid or classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act are protected from retaliation for those complaints. But what about a manager?

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If you find out that a supervisor may have treated a disabled worker poorly, fix the problem promptly.

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On Oct. 7, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 703 (SB 703), protecting transgender employees whose employers engage in business with state agencies.

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We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: The best defense against a discrimination lawsuit is a pile of documents showing what you decided and why. For example, if you are sure an employee isn’t qualified for a promotion, document those reasons at the time you make the decision. Don’t wait until he or she sues.

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While under some circumstances, so-called sexual favoritism may be grounds for a winning sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit, it takes more than a single office romance or a marriage between a supervisor and subordinate to support such a claim.

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A Lake County corrections officer claims the county discriminated against him because of his race when it demoted him after an inmate was injured and later died.

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Under a law that took effect in Jan­uary, piece-rate and commission-paid employees in California must receive at least the minimum wage. Piece-rate employees must also be paid at least the minimum wage for all time spent on tasks not specifically included in the piece rate.

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