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How to tell if you've been wrongfully terminated

Losing your job can be a stressful experience. It becomes overwhelming when you believe you were wrongfully terminated. It's not always cut and dry when it comes to wrongful termination. Sometimes, you have to look deep into the firing to determine if you have a case for a wrongful termination complaint in Los Angeles. Here are some ways to determine if it happened to you.

The first thing you need to examine is the reason you were fired. Did you get fired for your religious beliefs? Were you fired because you announced a pregnancy? Do you get fired for caring for a loved one? These are some reasons why an employer cannot fire you. Others include your gender, your ethnicity, your race, your age and if you have a disability.

Signs that you have been wrongfully terminated

Wrongful termination is a serious problem that affects thousands of employees in the Los Angeles area every year. Even though there are laws that attempt to prevent employees from being wrongfully terminated employers still relieve employees of their duties without cause or for certain reasons. Let's take a look at the signs that show you've been terminated wrongfully.

The most common sign that you were wrongfully terminated is that you lost your job because of some form of discrimination. Employers are not allowed to terminate employment due to age, sex, race, pregnancy, illness, disability, religion or ethnicity.

What you can do about sexual harassment in the workplace

Even with federal and state laws in place to protect employees, instances of sexual harassment in the workplace are all too common. If you find yourself a victim, it's imperative that you take immediate action to make things right.

Here are the steps you can take:

  • Speak your mind: Don't sit back and let the other person think it's okay to harass you. Tell them that they are in the wrong and that you are not going to stand for it. Make it clear that their conduct is offensive and they need to change their ways. This alone may be enough to put an end to the problem before it turns into something more serious.
  • Read your employee handbook: This should give you a better idea of the steps to take if you're the victim of sexual harassment. If your company doesn't have a set procedure in place for reporting harassment, you'll want to move onto the next step.
  • Report the incident: Start with your supervisor, but also include the HR department in your complaint. Keep detailed notes of every conversation you have about the incident.
  • Collect evidence: Anything you have that proves you were a victim of sexual harassment is something you should keep. For example, if the person sent you an off-color email, print it out for your records.
  • File an administrative charge: You can do this with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or your state's government. Either way, you want the appropriate agency to step in and investigate your claim of harassment.

City acknowledges delay in dealing with discrimination complaint

Earlier this year, amid multiple complaints about sexual harassment and discrimination against city employees, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the implementation of a website called MyVoiceLA where employees could report harassment and discrimination. At the time, Garcetti directed city officials to address any complaints by current as well as former employees "quickly and efficiently."

However, Council President Herb Wesson wasn't informed about a discrimination complaint made in June against City Councilman Jose Huizar for almost three months. The city's personnel department is required to inform either the council president or the mayor as soon as a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint is made against any elected city official. A committee must then be convened to investigate the allegation.

What is the minimum wage for workers in California? It depends.

There are various wage rights employees generally have here in California. One is the right to be paid at least the minimum wage for their work. What is the minimum wage for a given worker in California? The answer depends on certain factors.

Do you have a workplace harassment case?

It's normal to feel unsure about whether you should take action in regard to a negative experience you had at work. One part of you might feel as though you want to keep the peace and not subject yourself to any more stress than is necessary. However, your moral compass will probably tell you when something is wrong, especially when you feel that you are being harassed at work.

Harassment can be exhibited in many different ways in the workplace, but there are certain conditions that define it. Workplace harassment is never acceptable, and all victims of workplace harassment are protected by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. If you believe you have experienced harassment in the California workplace, it is important that you take the time to learn more about your rights.

Wage and hour law in California

As an employee in the state of California, you may come across a situation where you have a reason to believe that you are not getting paid what you deserve. Perhaps you think you are being paid below the minimum wage, that you are owed overtime pay, or are being given less than adequate break times.

If you are concerned that your rights as an employee are not being fulfilled, it is important that you take the time to learn about what you are entitled to in the state of California. By doing this, you will know when it is necessary to take action to enforce your legal rights.

Knowing your rights when working overtime in LA

One of the most common professions in the city of Los Angeles is working as a waitress, waiter or host in a restaurant. While working in the California service industry can be a great way to earn money, especially through tips, wage and overtime law violations are also prevalent throughout the industry.

As a service industry employee, it's important to understand your legal rights when it comes to getting paid and your rights when working overtime. If your employer is falling short on the compensation and working environment they legally owe to you, it is possible to take legal action and seek financial compensation.

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