Criminal Records as a Reason to Discriminate

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    Criminal Records as a Reason to Discriminate

    Many hard-working San Bernadino residents have been arrested and/or convicted of crimes at one point in their lives. Maybe they were young and reckless, or they were arrested for a crime they did not commit. Perhaps the arrest was a wake up call for them to change their lives. No matter the reason for the arrest and/or conviction, it is unfair if these transgressions are held against them for the rest of their lives, especially during the job search. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,your CA employer cannot use your criminal record as part of a reason to discriminate [...]

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    San Bernadino Workers Comp Driving Accidents

    Are you a San Bernadino truck driver or sales rep? Be careful on the road. A recent study reported in the Los Angeles Times showed that sales reps and truck drivers have the deadliest jobs. San Bernadino workers comp lawyers know from experience that accidents on the road involving employees on the job are not unusual. The workplace injury attorneys in San Bernadino have seen first-hand the devastating impact of on-the-job accidents in California, whether they occur on the road or at the workplace. According to the study, fatal work injuries involving transportation comprised 39% of annual job-related fatalities, with 21% of those job [...]

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    Is Your Employee Handbook or Arbitration Clause Legal?

    Have you signed an arbitration clause with your employer that you felt was unfair? Did your California employer essentially force you into signing an arbitration clause that you were uncomfortable with, saying you would not have a job if you didn’t sign? Many California employees are pressured into agreeing to concessions that are unfair or illegal because they are afraid of what will happen to their job if they stand up to their employer. California law, and our experienced team of employment lawyers, are on your side. We understand the law and keep track of the important cases that go [...]

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    High School Educator Receives Financial Damages

    In California, we often hear about teachers who sexually harass children and co-workers. However, educators can also be victims of sexual harassment or other unfair treatment.  In fact, a high school vice-principal who claimed he was forced into early retirement for refusing to give special treatment to students with powerful parents recently reached a settlement with the school board. Under the terms of  the settlement, the principal will allow him to collect $150,000 in compensation. The high school principal sued the County Board of Education after he took early retirement in 2008. The suit claimed that he was muscled out [...]

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    Is Your California Employer Properly Classifying You?

    California employment law can sometimes feel complicated and/or one-sided. A new, pro-employee California Labor Code provision subjects California employers and those who provide advice to the employer to Labor Code penalties if employees are misclassified as independent contractors. This means that if you are a construction worker you might want to make sure that your employer is properly classifying your employment. Under the new California provision, any employer who willfully classifies an employee as an independent contractor to avoid full-time employee status for the individual is liable if the individual is not found to be an independent contractor.  If your [...]

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    Skapik Law Group Moves Forward with Employment Class Action Against AIG

    A recent article on Law360 highlighted a case that Skapik Law Group is involved in. A class action, to be precise and Skapik Law is very pleased with a recent ruling that greatly benefited the firm’s client. Read on for more: “A California federal judge on Thursday questioned whether an insurance adjuster can pursue his wage lawsuit against American International Group Inc. as a class action, seeking further briefing on whether the case requires individual analyses of each putative class member’s employment status. U.S. District Judge George H. Wu told attorneys for a former AIG insurance adjuster at a Thursday hearing that allegations [...]

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    San Bernadino Discrimination Lawyers

    San Bernardino County is the largest county in California and the contiguous United States California, with a population of over 2 million people and an area of 20,105 square miles. In fact, it is larger than the country of Costa Rica.  Located in southeast California, the thinly populated deserts and mountains of this vast county stretch from where the bulk of the county population resides, the roughly 480 square miles south of the San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino Valley, to the Nevada border and the Colorado River. Almost half of the population is Hispanic and there is an eclectic mix of other races living in [...]

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    Workplace Discrimination in Chino Hills, CA

    Chino Hills is a growing suburb located in the southwestern corner of San Bernardino County, California. The city borders Los Angeles County on its northwest side, Orange County to its south, and Riverside County to its southeast. With a population of around 75,000, and almost 30% of the residents of Hispanic heritage, the city is diverse. Chino Hills was ranked 68th in Money Magazine’s ”Best Places to Live 2005.” It is also the 6th highest income place in the United States with a population of 65,000 to 250,000 and was ranked as the 13th safest city in the United States in 2008 by the FBI.  While Chino Hills has a lot to offer young families, [...]

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    Sexual Orientation Harassment is Against the Law in California

    In California, it is unlawful for your employer to discriminate against or harass you because you are gay. Your sexual orientation is not any of your employ’er’s business and should not be taken into consideration when your employer is deciding whether to promote you, demote you, or fire you. Recently, a (now former) Sheriff’s Deputy in California filed a lawsuit claiming he was harassed on the job due to his sexual orientation and that he was wrongfully terminated because he is gay. The Deputy is seeking $5 million in damages for emotional distress and lost wages that he claims resulted [...]

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    What is Age Discrimination in California?

    In California, many baby boomers are losing or have lost their jobs. This is very discouraging to these hard-working men and women, as the job market has not returned to desired levels and the unemployment rate is still lower than hope and/or expected.  A recent survey of these California employees showed that a majority believed age discrimination is severe to moderate in the workplace. In other words, their lay off or firing may have been the result of unlawful employment discrimination. Many Californians who are out of work or unemployed feel like they have lost a recent job opportunity because of [...]