YES! CALIFORNIA IS AN “AT WILL “ STATE…YES! YOU CAN STILL SUE YOUR EMPLOYER FOR WRONGFUL TERMINATION…

WHAT DOES AN AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT MEAN?

The general definition of “at-will” employment means that an employee does not have a written employment contract and that the employer has a right to end the employee’s employment for any reason, at any time, with no notice. You can read more about what it means here.

DOES BEING AN AT-WILL EMPLOYEE MEAN THAT YOUR EMPLOYER CAN WRONGFULLY TERMINATE YOU?

No, it does not. While employees may hear their bosses and managers say that they can just fire them for any reason at any time, that is not necessarily true. There are many employee protections in place. First, there are a number of California State and US Federal laws that protect employees, like the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

BEING AN AT-WILL EMPLOYEE DOES NOT MEAN YOUR EMPLOYER CAN FIRE YOU ILLEGALLY

One of the greatest miconceptions about working in California is that your employer can fire you for any reason at all. They can not! Being an at-will employee in California does not mean that your employer can fire you illegally. A California employer can not terminate their employee for an illegal reason. Some of these illegal reasons are…

  • DISCRIMINATION BASED ON YOUR SEX
  • DISCRIMINATION BASED ON YOUR GENDER
  • DISCRIMINATION BASED ON YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEF
  • DISCRIMINATION BASED ON YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION

WHAT ARE SOME REASONS A FIRED EMPLOYEE MAY BE OWED MONEY FROM THEIR EMPLOYER?

If you have been fired and/or quit an employer that treated you unfairly, then you may be owed money. While an employer may fire you for any reason, that does not mean that they can wrongfully terminate employees. Do you believe that you were fired for an illegal reason? If so, then you may be owed money…

  • WERE YOU FORCED TO WORK THROUGH BREAKS?
  • WERE YOU DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AT WORK?
  • WERE YOU FORCED TO WORK OFF-THE-CLOCK?
  • WERE YOU NOT PAID FOR OVERTIME/BREAKS?
  • WERE YOU FIRED FOR BEING PREGNANT?
  • WERE YOU INJURED AT WORK?
  • WERE YOU WRONGFULLY TERMINATED?

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CALIFORNIA MISCLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES – THE LIES EMPLOYERS TELL EMPLOYEES

If you work in California, then you  know that some (not all!) employers will do just about anything to save themselves money, and not pay employees what they are owed…

One thing that employers can do to employees is to misclassify them.

Some California workers do not receive minimum wages.

Some California workers do not get overtime pay.

Some California workers do not get pay for meals and breaks.

Whether it is on purpose, or accidentally, California employers can treat certain groups of employees as exempt from overtime pay. When they do this, the employer is not obligated to pay that group of employees overtime.

Think about that.

If your employer MISCLASSIFIED you as exempt from overtime, how much money would that cost you? How much money would that cost you every day? Every week? Every pay period? Every year?

Misclassification is workplace fraud, plain and simple,” said US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. “It hurts workers by denying them a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and it also undermines the competitiveness of businesses that are playing by the rules. At the Labor Department, through vigilant and vigorous enforcement, we are cracking down on irresponsible employers who game the system and cheat their employees — and that’s what they are: not contractors, but employees.”

Thankfully, there are solutions. There is help out there!

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?

Because some California employers misclassify some workers as independent contractors instead of as employees. In fact, there are and have been a number of recent cases that address just this issue.

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION?

There are many. A good recent example happened right here in California. Sav-on Drug Stores both managers and assistant sales managers claimed they had been misclassified as exempt from overtime.

These managers performed all the duties an employee would — spent their time working just lie a regular employee would — yet were allegedly still denied overtime pay.

Sometimes misclassification occurs when an employer labels an employee an “Independent Contractor.” There are certain positions that are more likely to be misclassified. Take a look at some of positions that have possibly been wrongfully classified as an “Independent Contractor:”

  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WORKERS
  • COMPUTER-RELATED WORKERS
  • TRANSPORTATION WORKERS
  • FAST-FOOD RESTAURANT MANAGERS
  • RETAIL STORE MANAGERS
  • NAIL SALON EMPLOYEES
  • MESSAGE PARLORS
  • TRUCK DRIVERS
  • DELIVERY DRIVERS
  • MESSENGERS
  • HAIR SALONS
  • BARBER SHOPS
  • VETERINARY CLINICS
  • DENTAL OFFICE WORKERS

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF…

If you answered yes to any of the following questions, then you may be owed money…

  • HAS YOUR EMPLOYER TOLD YOU THAT YOU ARE AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?
  • DO YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE RATHER THAN AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?
  • DOES YOUR EMPLOYER DENY MEAL OR REST BREAKS OR REFUSE TO PAY OVER TIME BECAUSE IT CLAIMS YOU ARE AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?

HOW DO WORKERS KNOW WHETHER THEY HAVE BEEN MISCLASSIFIED AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS?

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a worksheet that describes the factors that courts generally consider under the Fair Labor Standards Act when determining whether an employment relationship exists. These include:

  • THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE WORK PERFORMED IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE EMPLOYER’S BUSINESS;
  • WHETHER THE WORKER’S MANAGERIAL SKILLS AFFECT HIS OR HER OPPORTUNITY FOR PROFIT AND LOSS;
  • THE RELATIVE INVESTMENTS IN FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT BY THE WORKER AND THE EMPLOYER;
  • THE WORKER’S SKILL AND INITIATIVE;
  • THE PERMANENCY OF THE WORKER’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EMPLOYER;
  • THE NATURE AND DEGREE OF CONTROL BY THE EMPLOYER.

CAN EMPLOYEES REALLY FIGHT BACK?

YES!

Read what the US department Of Labor had to say about two recent cases…

Two recent and very significant legal victories for California workers send a strong message to employers nationwide: if you misclassify your employees, you will face the consequences.

National Consolidated Couriers Inc., based in San Leandro but with clients across the country, has agreed to a court judgment requiring it to pay $5 million in back wages and damages to more than 600 drivers it misclassified as independent contractors, having cheated them out of minimum wage and overtime pay.”

In another major win for workers, a federal judge ruled that drivers for Mountain View-based Stanford Yellow Taxi Cab, Inc. were also misclassified. The court’s decision allows the department to continue with litigation forcing the company to pay nearly $3 million in back wages and damages to dozens of drivers.”

MOST CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES DO NOT KNOW THEIR RIGHTS!

That’s the unfortunate reality. Most California employees think that just because they work in an “at-will” state that they have no rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. Learn more about your employee rights. Lawyers for Employee and Consumer Rights (LFECR) is a leading California employment law firm. With 40+ remote attorneys, LFECR is able to work on behalf of clients anywhere in California. Fired unfairly? Your free consult awaits!

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SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE BEEN FIRED ILLEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA

There are many, many things that California employers can do to intentionally or unintentionally illegally fire employees. In doing so, they not only treat employees unfairly, they also may expose themselves to a wrongful termination lawsuit.

MOST CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES HAVE NO IDEA THEY WERE WRONGFULLY TERMINATED…UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE

– When a California fast-food worker gets fired for complaining about being forced to work through meal and rest breaks, he may have been wrongful terminated.

– When a California administrative assistant gets fired for being four months pregnant, she may have been wrongful terminated.

– When a California truck driver gets fired for having a legal medical marijuana prescription, he may have been wrongful terminated.

– When a California warehouse worker quits after being harassed and demeaned by a boss, she may have been wrongful terminated.

Do you know what it’s like to be “wrongfully terminated”…?

If you do, you are way ahead of other California employees.

Most people who do get fired or quit have no idea that they have rights. And, that their termination from that employer may have been wrongful or illegal.

SOME SIGNS THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN FIRED ILLEGALLY…

Did your employer/workplace violate the law? If your employer violated any applicable California state employment law, federal labor laws, or even local/municipal laws, then you may be owed money.

Can you answer yes to any of these questions:

  • Were you fired because of the color of your skin?
  • Were you fired because of your age?
  • Were you fired because of your sex?
  • Were you fired because of your national origin
  • Were you fired because of your ethnic group?
  • Were you fired because of your religious affiliation?
  • Were you fired because of your sexual preference?
  • Were you fired because your employer violated public policy?
  • Were you fired because your employer retaliated against you?
  • Were you fired because your employer committed fraud?
  • Were you fired because of your gender identity or expression of gender identity (whether real or perceived?
  • Were you fired because of your military or former military status?
  • Were you fired because of your marital status (whether real or perceived)?
  • Were you fired because you requested past payroll records for review and analysis?
  • Were you fired because of your off-duty political activity?
  • Were you fired and your employer is withholding of payment, bonuses, or commissions?
  • Were you fired because you complained about wrongful treatment?
  • Were you fired due to retaliation for failing to perform illegal acts?
  • Were you fired because your pregnant?
  • Were you fired because you are taking (or you took) leave under the Family Medical Leave Act?
  • Were you fired because you asked for an accommodation for a medical condition or disability?
  • Were you fired because you were on jury duty?
  • Were you fired because you made a claim for Worker’s Compensation benefits?
  • Were you fired and owed money you have actually earned?

DID YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THOSE QUESTIONS?

Learn more about your employee rights. Lawyers for Employee and Consumer Rights (LFECR) is a leading California employment law firm. With 40+ remote attorneys, LFECR is able to work on behalf of clients anywhere in California. Fired unfairly? Your free consult awaits! Call 888-625-0959. IM our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Medium, or LinkedIn, or our blog.

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CAN FAST FOOD WORKERS SUE THE GIANT FRANCHISES THEY WORK FOR?

If you work for a restaurant – whether it a McDonald’s or the nicest steak house in town – then you have rights. If your employee rights have been violated while working for a restaurant, then legally protecting those rights can be a scary proposition. Most employees have no idea that their rights have been violated, and even if they do they can be too afraid to pursue legal options. Over the years in fact, most fast food chain and/or restaurant franchisee workers whose rights have been violated have not pursued their legal options. Why? Because they think they will not be able to prove the violations.

LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MANY TIMES WORKERS HAVE WON SETTLEMENTS AGAINST LARGE RESTAURANT COMPANIES

Here is a small sample of multi-million dollar lawsuits and settlements that large restaurant corporations have paid out to unfairly treated employees:

—- In 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of every single server and bartender who worked at restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday.The lawsuit alleged that Ruby Tuesday violated labor law by paying servers and bartenders and other restaurant staff below minimum wage.

—- In 2014, Outback Steakhouse’s parent company was sued in a wage and hour lawsuit. The legal action alleged that employees were asked to donate (as in work for free!) hours to the company. Eventually, Outback Steakhouse agreed to settle for $3 million.

—- In an earlier 2009 lawsuit, Outback Steakhouse agreed to pay more than $19 million in a sex discrimination lawsuit.

—- In 2016, McDonald’s settled a $3.75 million lawsuit claiming it had violated the rights of about 800 California restaurant workers.

—- Just last year, in 2017, the massive Mexican food restaurant Chipotle – with so many California employees – was sued. The lawsuit alleged that Chipolte did not pay overtime.

YES, A SINGLE EMPLOYEE CAN SUE A RESTAURANT

Let’s walk through one example of how you – as a restaurant employee – may be owed money after you have been fired or quit. While there are some exceptions, if you worked more than eight hours a day or more than 40 hours a week, then the restaurant you worked for must pay you an what’s called a “time-and-a-half” overtime rate.

If they did not pay you overtime, then you may be owed money.

In fact, there are many reasons a fired restaurant employee may be owed money.

YES – YOU CAN SUE YOUR EMPLOYER, NO MATTER HOW BIG

If you are a California employee, and your employee rights have been violated, you should not be afraid to contact an employment attorney. It is incredibly easy to contact a California employee rights lawyer that has experience protecting restaurant workers rights.

MOST CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES DO NOT KNOW THEIR RIGHTS!

That’s the unfortunate reality. Most California employees think that just because they work in an “at-will” stare that they have no rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. Learn more about your employee rights. Lawyers for Employee and Consumer Rights (LFECR) is a leading California employment law firm. With 40+ remote attorneys, LFECR is able to work on behalf of clients anywhere in California. Fired unfairly? Your free consult awaits! Call 888-625-0959. IM our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter, IG, Medium, LinkedIn, or our blog. Have a great day!

 

HOW MUCH DOES MY BOSS OWE ME IF I AM DISCRIMINATED AGAINST?

That is the million dollar question.

If you get fired for any reason, or quite for any reason, you may be owed money!

Fired For Any Reason?

 

HOW MUCH?

That depends on a number of factors and can be best determined by understanding your workplace rights.

FIRST THINGS FIRST…

One of the lest enviable positions an employee can find themselves in is needing the job AND being harassed or discriminated against at work. What is one supposed to do? You need the job. The money. You need to support your family. BUT…You are being treated unfairly.

FEDERAL LAWS PROTECT YOU, BUT MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS CALIFORNIA LAW

Federal law does prohibit discrimination by employers; however, California law extends protections to certain groups where federal law may not.

Let’s look at some of the federal laws. The federal laws include but are not limited to:

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – This monumental and historical development in glass/group employment protection outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin

The Americans with Disabilities Act – The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 – The Equal Pay Act prohibits discrimination based on sex.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 – You guessed it. The Age Discrimination Act protects against age-related discrimination.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 – This act “The act bars the use of genetic information in health insurance and employment: it prohibits group health plans and health insurers from denying coverage to a healthy individual or charging that person higher premiums based solely on a genetic predisposition to developing a disease in the future, and it bars employers from using individuals’ genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decisions”.

CALIFORNIA LAW GOES EVEN FURTHER TO PROTECT YOU…

Thankfully, California gets even more specific in it’s protection of employees against workplace discrimination:

California’s California Fair Employment and Housing Act of 1959 (FEHA) – This act is a is a powerful California statute used to fight sexual harassment and other forms of unlawful discrimination in employment and housing,

– The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) – Also known as the also known as the Family Temporary Disability Insurance (FTDI) program, is a law enacted in 2002 that extends unemployment disability compensation to cover individuals who take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new minor child.

While California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) protects the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, that does not mean that there is no workplace discrimination.

There is workplace discrimination. It happens each and every day.

And you should know your rights.

If you get fired for any reason, or quit for any reason, you may be owed money!

FIRED FOR ANY REASON? CALL 888-625-0959 FOR A FREE CONSULT!

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“STONED AT WORK” – A HOT WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION DEBATE

In 2014, a Drug and Alcohol Review survey found that 5% of California adults over the age of 21 had used medical cannabis at least once for a “severe” condition.

5% of California employees – roughly a million people.

Now, what happens when these legal medical cannabis users go to work?

According to the same survey, “many employers nonetheless prohibit workers from using medical cannabis but allow them to use other, more dangerous and addictive drugs such as opiates when prescribed by their physicians.”

That needs to be re-stated:

Employers can prohibit workers from using medically prescribed cannabis BUT allow them to use other medically prescribed drugs.

IS EMPLOYER BIAS AGAINST CANNABIS USE WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION?

All of us know of friends, family members that have been fired unfairly or been discriminated against at work. It seems like employers – even in an at-will state like California – can always try to find creative reasons to fire someone, regardless of whether it’s legal or not.

Now, there is a whole new area of employment law that’s being debated in California:

As the marijuana laws here in California continue to change, what will become of workplace discrimination against medical marijuana patients?

Right now, today, while marijuana may be legal for adults 21 and over, you can still lose your job for marijuana use while you are not at work —– regardless of whether it was medically prescribed or not.

Legally, California employers are allowed to deny employment opportunities or cease employing someone based on their cannabis use, regardless of whether or not the cannabis was medically prescribed.

WILL A NEW BILL PROTECT LEGAL CANNABIS USE AT WORK?

In February, California Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) AND Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced Assembly Bill 2069 (AB 2069).

An interesting section of AB 2069 states that:

“This bill would prohibit an employer from engaging in employment discrimination against a person on the basis of his or her status as, or positive drug test for cannabis by, provide that, when used to treat a known physical or mental disability or known medical condition, the medical use of cannabis by a qualified patient or person with an identification card. card is subject to reasonable accommodation.”

What AB 2069 attempts to do is amend the existing Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). In doing so, AB 2069 would turn the tide and make it unlawful for a California employer to take punitive or disciplinary action against an employment applicant based on the fact that they are a medical cannabis card holder, a current employee based on the fact that they are a medical cannabis card holder, or either of the latter, as long as they are a cannabis card holder, of the latter who test positive drug test for cannabis use.

CALIFORNIA IS NOT ALONE

Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island have already adopted new laws to protect medically prescribed cannabis patients from workplace or employment discrimination.

Earlier this year, Maine went so far as to reportedly prohibit employers from discriminating or discharging employees from off-duty cannabis use.

The times are changing, to be sure.

Our employment attorneys will continue to protect California workers that have been wrongfully terminated.

And, we will monitor this entire debate.

If you get fired for any reason, or quit for any reason, you may be owed money!

FIRED FOR ANY REASON? CALL 888-625-0959 FOR A FREE CONSULT!

If you have questions right now, Instant Message your question at the LFECR Facebook page. Call Lawyers for Employee and Consumer Rights today…You may be owed money!