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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: What are proper steps to take ? Should I get a lawyer first?

So since working for employer I have had missing wages issues that never were addressed after a month of getting the run around I felt hopeless because the clock in were changing when I am well aware of my clock in times. Sunday was my normal schedule day and 4th of July landed on that day I was... Read more »

Niran Grimberg
Niran Grimberg answered on Sep 14, 2021

Under California Labor Code 1102.5, if you complain to your employer about something you reasonably believe to be unlawful, and the employer retaliates against you (in this case terminated you), you may have a case for whistleblower retaliation. I would recommend seeking a free consultation with an... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Medical freedom is a right! Mandated covid injections & testing should not be required by employers. NOchoice NOvoice!

Who can I talk to about obtaining legal counsel to defend my medical freedom against my employer?

Do I have a case???

What type of attorney do I need ?

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Aug 12, 2021

You do have a choice, and that is not to work for that employer. Employers have the right to determine the safety rules to assure the ongoing safety of all employees. Employers can require that all employees be vaccinated against Covid19, just the same as when we were all vaccinated as children... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: I believe I have a discrimination case against my prior employer of 11 years. In the time I worked for them I was

continually praised for my work by all of the personal. Last Aug I was laid of due to Covid-19. I wasnt called back when things opened up, and I have learned that a man had been hired to do my job and has been doing it since I was laid off. Do I have a case?

Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova answered on Aug 10, 2021

What you have described may be discrimination; however, not all discriminations are unlawful. Specifically, only discrimination due to your membership in the protected class of people or because you engaged in protected activity are legally actionable. You have not mentioned any facts that... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I get fired for contracting Covid -19? Does my employer have the right to refuse me hours since I became ill?

I work for a small business of less than 10 employees. I contracted covid over a month and a half ago. Initially my employer told me to take two weeks off, then told me to take the rest of December off and they would schedule me for more hours in January. Then Jan came and they told me they... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jan 14, 2021

No one here can know if you are going to be fired. As to what your options could be, it would be important to know if you work for an employer that has at least 5 employees. If not, there is little you can do. If yes, then you are protected by the Fair Employment and Housing Act, which may give... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: how long do i have to wait to receive my last paycheck after my boss verbally tells me to not come back to work anymore?

My boss thinks that i am involved in the theft of a company truck, which, of course, i am not. He has openly accused me and verbally threatened me with violence in front of other employees until finally telling me not to come back to work. The theft occurred about a week before i was told to not... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Dec 20, 2020

If you work for a non-governmental employer in California, you are to be given you final wages on the day you are terminated. If your employer willfully refuses to provide you final wages on that day, you are entitled to Waiting Time Penalties equal to on day of pay for each day you are made to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: Is this harassment to be quarantined by employer that is assuming another company has covid without symptoms or results.

I was working with contractors and a company man came out screaming for everyone to wear masks, as I was working and wearing a mask he saw mine was below my nose. As was his mask. As I pointed out his was below his nose, he sped off angry. Went to higher up and I’m now subject to quarantine... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Aug 5, 2020

There is nothing wrong with a contracting partner of your employer complaining about you not wearing a mask properly, even if the complainer was doing the same. There is also nothing unlawful about your employer sending you home because of this complaint. The company your company is working for... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Antitrust, Business Formation, Business Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Is it legal in CA to start a business that is competitive with a former employer?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 28, 2020

It depends on whether you signed any trade secret agreements in your former employment. They could use that to claim you were using confidential information to contact your former clients, whether it is true or not. There is no legal prohibition against competing against a former employer using... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Can my boss refuse to let me work from home to balance caretaking for a sick parent and also being aware of the pandemic

I have been working for a company w/ 2 employees for 10 months part-time. This company was considered an essential business during quarantine, so even though my boss told me to come in to work during March-June, I requested to work from home. I got an OK eventually, though afterwards I learned she... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 16, 2020

The first problem is that the protections against discrimination fall upon employers of 5 or more people. Otherwise you may be covered by the CFRA- Cal. Family Rights Act- google it. Even if you are not subject to the specific benefits of the act, your employer cannot discriminate against you if... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Can I sue my employer if they wont let me return to work due to covid.

I have a doctors note saying I can return to work after having covid for 2 weeks. My employer is making it very difficult to come back to work. Can I sue my employer if they refuse to let me back at work?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 3, 2020

The answer to your question depends on many things, most importantly, the reason why you are not being allowed to return. If business conditions have changed and your job has been eliminated or some other legitimate business reason can be proved for not bringing you back other than the fact you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Do I have a case for age discrimination?

Due to Covid 19 and the advice from CA health board for people over 65 to stay home (I'm 67) I took vacation time at the end of March and then was furloughed until I received the call last Tuesday and the letter yesterday to say my employment ends today June 30th. I was part of a team of 11... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 30, 2020

Sorry to hear about this situation. IMO proving up an age discrimination case based on a disparate selection of older employees during a lay off, is a difficult and drawn out task. There are attorneys that have great success in it and you need to seek out that kind of attorney. You should also... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Does it matter if I “quit” or I am “terminated” after being furloughed due to corona virus? My company wants me to quit

I was laid off due to coronavirus in feb and got a better job during the time off. I was given my estimated start date but I am not going to Return to my original job. My employer is telling employees to resign/quit if they do not want to return. Is either in my best interest? I am enrolled in... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 23, 2020

If you have a new job lined up and do not have to worry about immediately qualifying for unemployment insurance benefits, then the main thing for you to consider is what you want future employers to know about how your employment ended. Quitting to move on to a better job is usually a good thing... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: I was laid off due to covid 19 but I never got paid for the sick days I had asked for before the lay off

Never did I received a notice from my employer about my termination. All I got was a phone call from HR telling me that unfortunately they were letting me go. I worked there for 10 years, when covid 19 started I was was only working one or two days a week. On April 29 I got a message from HR saying... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 17, 2020

If you believe you can prove you were terminated because of your nationality then you would have a meritorious case. If you cannot prove that was the reason, then you probably have no legal claim to bring. Seniority over others is not something that gives you protection from layoff. It would be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Can I be laid off while on disability?

I was injured (non workers comp), and then furloughed due to the COVID pandemic. I'm still currently on disability and my employer has now laid me off. Does my employer have the right to lay me off while I'm on disability?

Daniel A. Thompson
Daniel A. Thompson answered on Jun 10, 2020

In California, covered employers are required to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons, such as an employee’s serious health condition. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and workers’ compensation... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Is what my employer doing is retaliation

I spoke up to my employer asking for documentation saying that I needed to get coronavirus tested and they were not able to give me no sort of paperwork saying it was mandatory since the argument that I had with my employer I have gotten coronavirus tested although I felt forced into it and with... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 8, 2020

Retaliation is not unlawful unless the action that triggered the retaliation was legally protected. Most forms of retaliation in the workplace are therefore not unlawful.

There is likely nothing unlawful about your employer forcing you to get tested as a form of fitness for duty...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: My employer, not essential, is asking for me to return to work even tho shelternplace has not lifted; can i say no safel

Due to COVID-19 I chose to shelter in place due to an elder mother with health problems. My employer stayed open to the public, despite not being essential business. I do not feel its safe to return unless the governor lifts the shelter in place. will saying no be the same as quitting, despite that... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 23, 2020

We are involved in times and events that are unprecedented. Given the Governor's Stay at Home Order employers and employees are left with little to guide them with regarding how to interpret it. What does and does not fall into one of the 16 essential government services may be clear for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Is it against Hipaa laws for my employer to talk to anyone about me having a covid test & Require me to share my results

I’ve been working from home since March 19th due to the safer at home order and have had NO contact with any other employees or the office. Nor will I have until at least May 15th. This past Wednesday 4/15 I came down with covid-like symptoms. Emailed my boss and told him I was sick and being... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 17, 2020

HIPPA laws do not apply to your employer. That law relates to the medical and insurance industries primarily. However other medical privacy rights do exist.

There is no question that asking you about medical test results is a violation of medical privacy rights. And telling others...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Is it stupid, legal or it makes sense and able to fight for it?

Hello, I'm a unarmed security guard for Allied Universal, I kick out homeless people and loiterers, the area where I work at is big and I happen to work with myself (no coworkers).

Now with a Covid-19 pandemic, when a transient gives me trouble, the police are unable to help me.... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 22, 2020

I think you have a more basic matter with which you should be concerned, which Mr. Pedersen did not address.

All people in the State of California have been ordered to stay home, unless you work in a field which is exempt from that order. Even if you "work alone", as you say, you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: A person is terminated (not temporarily laid off) due to company downsizing because of Covid-19, wrongful termination?

Was also offered a $9k severance package which includes a stipulation that no future actions can be taken regarding any occurrences between parties, including termination. Have been with the company for 20 years +

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 22, 2020

While I agree for the most part with Mr. Pedersen's opinion, most importantly you should have the severance agreement reviewed by an experienced attorney who handles wrongful terminations. There are several reasons why you should do this. Since you've been with the company for 20 years,... Read more »

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