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Thinking of reporting a violation? You're protected

Over the years, it has become not only more acceptable, but even applauded if someone blows the whistle on unethical workplace practices. If you are witnessing practices in the workplace that are illegal or even immoral, you have the right to stand up and speak up. There are laws in place at the state and federal levels to protect people that report incidents of wrongdoing committed by employers.

Breastfeeding or pumping moms often face workplace discrimination

Most women know that the Family Medical Leave Act protects them when they need time off of work during or after a pregnancy. Not as many women realize that both federal and California state law protects them when it comes to lactation as well. After the birth of a child, a mother has the legal and medical right to decide to nurse her child or pump her breast milk after returning to work in order to support her child's health and development. There are many medical benefits for both mother and child associated with breast milk, which is why there are legal protections in place.

Were you fired or punished for reporting sexual harassment?

You've worked hard to get the education and experience you need to find a good job. You pride yourself on professionalism, and you expect nothing less from your employers and co-workers.

What You Don't Know About Sexual Orientation Harassment

As Californians, we are fortunate to live among a diverse and generally open-minded population. We are a progressive state, and we often lead the way when it comes to protecting civil rights and preventing inequality.

New industries required to provide sexual harassment training in CA.

In 2016, California legislators passed new bills designed to protect employees from sexual harassment at the workplace. This new legislation builds on regulation passed more than a decade ago. California's Assembly Bill 18251 mandated training for supervisors working in businesses with 50 employees or more. In subsequent years, the state government has expanded both training requirements and the types of employers responsible to completing exams or tutorials.

4 tips on negotiating severance agreements

Severance agreements are sometimes offered to employees who are terminated or laid off. The severance offered is usually payment or other benefits, such as continuing the employee's health insurance for a period of time after termination.

Ways that employers may block your right to medical or family leave

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employers with more than 50 employees are required to give eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to handle a serious illness of their own, or one in their immediate family. The FMLA also provides for time off after the birth or adoption of a child, giving parents time to recover physically and bond emotionally.

Wells Fargo, whistleblowers, and the right to take action

By now, almost everyone has heard about the stories of fraud at Wells Fargo. The bank is accused of pressuring employees to sign up customers for accounts they did not want, did not need and - in some cases - did not even know about.

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