Readers of this blog may recall a previous posting about a Catholic schoolteacher who was fired from his job just two short weeks after marrying his male partner. The man filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, claiming his termination was illegal for numerous reasons. The reasons included a violation of California's Labor Code, a breach of contract and a violation of public policy.
Under California employment laws, California workers have the right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace. This means that employers cannot engage in or allow unwanted sexual advances, sexual gestures, jokes, pictures, lewd comments or other activity that creates a hostile work environment. Employers have an obligation to stop any sexual harassment that may be occurring and cannot retaliate against employees who report sexual harassment.
In Los Angeles, there are legal requirements that employers must follow when paying their workers. These include providing legal wages and overtime. That, however, doesn't mean employers always follow the law. Employees have rights and when there is a wage and hour violation, they have the right to pursue the matter legally. With a wage and hour dispute and unpaid overtime, employers should be held accountable for any violation they're accused of committing.
California is the home of numerous large and well-known businesses, two of which are Amazon and Netflix. The presence of these companies fosters a good amount of competition when it comes to finding employees that are the best of the best. As some residents are likely aware, what makes this competition even more intense is discouragement of non-compete clauses in employment contracts made with employees in the state of California.