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Is It Discrimination If Your Employer Fires You For Taking Time Off To Care For A Sick Family Member?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

In employment law, a protected activity is something that you have the right to do without the risk that your employer will take adverse action against you because of it.  Requesting family leave or medical leave is a protected activity, and so is filing a worker’s compensation claim or requesting reasonable accommodations for a… Read More »

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Celebrity Tequila Brand Settles Lawsuit With Event Designer

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

One of the perks of having a salaried job is that you don’t have to worry about whether you are going to get paid.  A big part of entrepreneurship is chasing clients around to get them to pay what they promised for services you provided.  In some instances, clients promise to pay you in… Read More »

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Senate Approves Two Pieces Of Legislation That Provide Protections For Pregnant And Nursing Mothers In The Workplace

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Federal and state employment laws prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, family status, and pregnancy, among other protected characteristics.  Mothers of young children know all too well the sideways glances they get when they appear to be worrying about their babies when they are supposed to be focusing on work.  When applying for… Read More »

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Assistant To Filmmaker Sues Film Production Company, Alleging Racial Discrimination

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Whether or not you like the style of action-packed dramas about the criminal underworld that Randall Emmett and his film production companies produce is a matter of personal taste, but everyone can agree that he has been successful at getting a large number of films out of development and onto the silver screen.  He… Read More »

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The Cal State Ban On Caste Discrimination And The Ensuing Controversy

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent pieces of federal and state legislation have attempted to ban employment discrimination based on an employee’s physical characteristics, family background, beliefs, and aspects of the employee’s personal life unrelated to work.  The language in statutes and case law has expanded the list of protected characteristics over… Read More »

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Is Remote Work A Reasonable Accommodation For Employees With Disabilities?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Federal and state employment laws, including the employment-related provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, among other protected characteristics.  The law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities when the employee requests such accommodations.  It is up to the employer and… Read More »

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Corporate Downsizing Or Employer Retaliation?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

When you read the depressing news about tough economic conditions and mass layoffs, it is easy to worry that your job will be next on the chopping block.  When a lot of people get fired in the course of your employer’s efforts to reduce its cost, you can at least commiserate and strategize about… Read More »

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House Of Representatives Passes Bill To Increase Whistleblower Protections For Federal Employees

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent retaliatory investigations against federal employees who notify their supervisors of wrongdoing at their places of employment and who speak directly to Congress about such wrongdoing.  All Democratic members of the House voted in favor of the bill, as did the… Read More »

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California Enacts Law Prohibiting Employer Retaliation Against Employees Who Refuse To Report To Work During Emergencies

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Being a responsible adult involves honoring your promises, even when you don’t feel like it.  When you sign an employment contract or accept a job on an at-will employment basis, you are agreeing to be present at your worksite when scheduled to work.  Employment laws and the policies of individual companies outline the situations… Read More »

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The Most Common Types Of Employment Discrimination Complaints

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

An investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit against your employer for workplace discrimination, wrongful termination of employment, or employer retaliation.  Even if you are able to resolve your case without going to court, it is a good idea to hire a lawyer before you initiate… Read More »

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