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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 AB 5: Opportunity to Work Act Passes Through Assembly

Opportunity to Work Act California AB 5 Passes Through Assembly
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California Assembly Bill 5, the Opportunity to Work Act, was recently approved by the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. If passed, AB 5 would require California employers to offer additional work hours to current, part-time employees before hiring new ones.

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California Employment Law Bills Update for Spring 2017

California Employment Law Bills Update for Spring 2017
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A variety of new California employment law bills have been sprouting up this spring despite the February deadline to introduce bills in the California Legislature. Because California employment legislation is constantly changing, it’s important for employees to know what may soon impact them in the workplace. Here are five workplace-related bills that we think employees need to keep their eyes on.

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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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Gender Identity Discrimination in the California Workplace: Common Questions, Answered

Gender Identity Discrimination in the California Workplace California is one of 17 states that prohibit gender identity discrimination at work. This means that California employers are barred from mistreating employees who are either gender nonconforming or transgender. But while California has some of the strongest LGBT protections in the United States, transgender workers still face significant disparities in the workplace by employers and coworkers who defy state laws. Therefore, it is crucial for employees to understand California’s gender identity discrimination laws and how they protect workers from unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

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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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7 Tell-Tale Signs of National Origin Discrimination in the Workplace

Workplace National Origin Discrimination Signs
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Both federal and California law prohibit national origin discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights act forbids discrimination at work based on the country where you were born, or your ancestry, culture, accent, or language.

In addition to Title VII, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) makes it unlawful for a California employer to treat you unfavorably based on your national origin. It also makes it illegal to do so because of your association with a person, such as a spouse, based on his or her national origin.

Note that for both laws, national origin is separate from racial discrimination, which is when you are discriminated against for your physical characteristics and genetic traits that you share with a group, such as skin color, hair texture, or facial features.

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