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November 2016 Archives

85 percent of Los Angeles garment factories break wage rules

The Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal statute that was originally a product of the New Deal, sets minimum standards that determine which workers must be paid the federal minimum wage and overtime. A recent study by the United States Department of Labor has found that a large number of garment manufacturers in Southern California are violating these rules by failing to pay the minimum wage or failing to pay for overtime work.

Appeals court reinstates employee's hostile workplace verdict

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in a case that could have significant ramifications for union employees in the Los Angeles area. The court ruled that a female member of a union could sue her employer for employment discrimination and a hostile work environment regardless of the fact that she belonged to a union that had a collective bargaining agreement with the employer.

E! News exec sues for wrongful termination after cancer treatment

Physical disability, real or imagined, can be reason for wrongfully terminating a person's employment. California residents may be interested to hear that a former casting and development executive with E! News has commenced a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging that she was fired because treatment for breast cancer altered her appearance and adversely affected her performance.

Retaliation by employer may give rise to claim for damages

California employees are entitled to a number of important rights under both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the state's Labor Code. For example, one of the most important such rights is the right to receive paid overtime for work performed in excess of 40 hours per week. Not uncommonly, some employers will attempt to circumvent these laws and refuse to pay overtime to employees who are entitled to it or deny other rights under the law. If the employee should complain to either the employer or a government agency, the employer may retaliate by either discharging the employee or imposing onerous working conditions as a means of punishment. However, retaliation in such situations is prohibited by state and federal overtime laws, and in this post we will provide a summary of these violations and remedies available to employees.

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