Is dismissal due to poor English proficiency illegal?

The United States of America, over several centuries of immigration, has ended up as a multicultural tapestry of languages, skin tones, and nationalities. Our country remains a destination for many people who feel endangered in their home countries, and many immigrants arrive with limited English proficiency. Still, non-English speakers must earn a living, which creates […]

What (not) to do after being fired

If you have been fired and you believe you have grounds to get compensation from your employer due to an illegal action against you, here are some things you should do to protect your case: Gather your benefit plan documentation: If you have a benefit plan, communicate with HR and request a copy. According to federal […]

The amount on your paycheck… is it correct?

Employers can withhold taxes, Social Security contributions, and other partial amounts for certain benefits. However, this does not include deductions that are not allowed by law. Not sure if the amount you receive in your paycheck is correct? You can review the list below to see if your employer has made any deductions that do […]

Were you fired while on medical leave?

As a California employee, you are eligible for the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave for up to 12 weeks of family or protected health leave from work over a 12-month period. The CFRA applies to you if your California employer has more than five employees and if you have worked at least 20 workweeks […]

Dismissals, demotions, and punishments at work

The type of employment in California is called “at-will.” However, this does not mean that employers can fire workers for any reason. What is “at-will” employment? Employment “at-will” refers to work in which employees can leave their job at any time without reason or notice. Also, employers are free to fire employees at any time […]

How do California wage and hour laws apply to remote employees?

Many people who work remotely in California wonder if the same wage and hour laws apply to them that apply to on-site employees. The answer is yes. But you must be a non-exempt employee. You have the right to be paid at least minimum wage, overtime pay rates for overtime, and standard meals and rest […]

Overtime Wages: Are you getting paid correctly?

According to California laws, workers should receive 1.5 times their regular pay rate for every extra hour they work after eight hours in a single workday. If employees work more than 12 hours in a single workday, this changes to 2 times the regular pay rate for every extra hour.  Additionally, workers are supposed to […]