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Can I Break My Employment Contract in California?

Can I Break My Employment Contract in California?If you have signed an employment contract with your current employer but have found that the job is not a good fit, it can be scary to think about what may happen if you choose to walk away. Breaking an employment contract in California can result in a variety of outcomes as every agreement is unique.

But can you ever break an employment contract in California and leave your job unscathed? It depends. This article will help you better understand California employment contracts, the provisions that may protect you, and those that could leave you facing the consequences.

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Top Reasons Why Employees Sue Their Employer

Top Reasons Why Employees Sue Their Employer

Employees sue their employers for a variety of reasons, and generally seek advice from an employment attorney if they have a sense that their rights have been violated due to a protected characteristic. Many employees do not know what federal or California employment laws entail, but want to ensure that justice is served and their dignity is restored. If you are thinking about suing your boss, it can be helpful to know some of the most common reasons why other employees sue their employers.

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California Immigration Laws: What Employees Need to Know

California Immigration Laws and Employee Rights
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Immigration laws are getting a lot of attention lately, with many wondering what their rights are under current laws. Fortunately, all workers are guaranteed certain rights in California, regardless of immigration status. Read on to learn more about California immigration laws and your rights as an immigrant worker.

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What are California’s Protected Classes in Employment?

California Protected Classes in Employment
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If you are a California employee, federal and state employment laws protect you from workplace discrimination. This means that if your employer subjects you to unlawful negative treatment based on your membership in a protected class, you may be able to file an employment discrimination claim. While federal laws protect certain classes from discrimination and harassment, California state law extends these protections to additional classes of people.

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California AB 1732: What the Equal Restroom Access Act Means for Employees

California AB 1732 The Equal Restroom Access ActCalifornia Assembly Bill 1732, also known as California’s “bathroom bill,” was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2016 and enacted on March 1, 2017. Here’s how the new law will impact workplace rules, and protect and benefit employees working in California.

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Can You Be Fired for Dating a Co-Worker in California?

Can You Be Fired for Dating a Coworker in California?The average California employee spends more than forty hours a week working, which leaves little time to meet new people and develop a love interest. As a result, many employees find themselves interested in a fellow co-worker and wonder if they are allowed to date their co-workers without getting into trouble, or worse – fired. But can you be fired for dating a co-worker in California? Every case is unique, but generally speaking, you cannot be fired solely for dating a co-worker in California.

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Can You Be Fired for Expressing Your Political Views in California?

Can You Be Fired for Expressing Political Beliefs in California?
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Heated political debates between friends are one thing, but certain political activities at work may very well get you fired. You may be thinking, “Well, what about my First Amendment rights?” While all American citizens have a right to free speech, the Bill of Rights mainly applies to protect against government action – but not action by corporations.

Nevertheless, there are certain laws in California that protect private sector employees from being discriminated against due to their political activities and affiliations. This article will help you understand your rights when it comes to expressing your political views in the private California workplace.

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How to Sue Your California Employer While You Are Still Employed

Sue Your Employer While Still Employed in California
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If you are in a situation where you are being harassed or discriminated against in the workplace, it is important to know that it is possible to sue your California employer while you are still employed. Do not think that quitting your job and getting justice are two mutually exclusive options — you can remain employed and file a lawsuit against your employer.

Many workers who have faced discrimination or harassment at work get to a point where they have had enough. They may have formally complained to management or human resources, but have gotten nowhere. As this can be frustrating, some employees opt to take things into their own hands and hire an employment law attorney to file a claim against their employer.

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