San Francisco Lawyer Explains Your Employment Rights
Our Bay Area attorneys have been bombarded recently with questions about the Golden State’s new paid sick leave protocol. Here’s what you need to know:
Bay Area employment attorneys have been pondering an ironic story that’s recently gotten a fair share of media oxygen. Officials at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing—the Golden State’s agency in charge of watchdogging unfair hiring practices—have themselves been accused of unfair hiring and promoting at the agency.
Many people falsely believe that discrimination only happens during the hiring or firing process, but workplace discrimination can occur during any aspect of employment. Unfortunately, the burden often falls on the individual worker to decide how to handle unfair treatment or an act of discrimination. Often, victims find it hard to ask for help or to know where to go to report discrimination. It is important that individuals contact an employment lawyer to represent them to protect their rights and simplify the process. Continue reading
Countless statistical analyses show that women earn less than men at work. Why does this gender pay gap exist? What can be done about it? At what point should you seek an employment lawyer about a wage and hour or Fair Labors Standards Act (FLSA) case? Continue reading
You’re searching for a Bay Area auto accident attorney perhaps because a crazy driver rear-ended you as you were exiting I-5. Or maybe you need a personal injury attorney, because a teenager t-boned you at a stop sign, and your neck is killing you. You don’t know how long you’ll need to take off of work and what you can do to pay your bills in the meantime.
An employment lawyer with the Law Offices of Daniel Vega can help you figure out whether you’ve been unfairly docked overtime pay. Unfortunately, many workers in the Golden State and beyond work for a long time — often for years — at an unfairly low wage. Continue reading
The Bay Area workers’ compensation system evolved over 100 years ago, as a “grand bargain” between employers and workers. Prior to workers’ comp, injured employees had to sue their bosses in court to collect money for their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. This system led to tremendous inequalities and frustrations on both sides. Workers’ comp allowed hurt workers get a fair deal without having to resort to extraordinary legal measures; and it helped employers avoid expensive and frustrating court battles. Continue reading
Whether you are four weeks or five months into your pregnancy, now is the time to consider your maternity leave. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), pregnant women have a variety of rights. The FMLA legislation, passed in 1993, guarantees unpaid job leave for up to 12 weeks. This protection only applies for pregnant women who work in companies with 50-plus employees. (There are some exceptions to this rule. Elementary and secondary school teachers are covered, no matter what, as are certain government workers.)
You should know and protect your rights under the FMLA to prevent employment discrimination.