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Standing Up for Employee Rights

California Employment Laws

Types of Employment Cases

In California, employees are afforded strong protections against employment law violations. California is an at-will employment state, meaning your employer can terminate you for any reason or no reason at all. However, an employer cannot terminate an employee for a discriminatory reason. If you believe you were fired or harassed in violation of state or federal employment laws, contact Jennifer today to find out how she can help.

Discrimination Federal and California law protects against discrimination in the workplace based on protected characteristics such as race, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, physical and mental disability, religion, sexual orientation, and national origin. The law prohibits employers from harassing, demoting, failing to promote, terminating, or otherwise harassing an employee based on protected characteristics.

Pregnancy Disability California law prohibits employers from harassing, demoting, terminating, or otherwise discriminating against an employee for being pregnant.

Disability Discrimination Employees with disabilities or medical conditions are protected from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on a person's sex. Requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, or physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature is not tolerated if it interferes with work performance, creates a hostile, offensive or intimidating work environment, or affects employment decisions, including promotions.

Retaliation The law protects employees from employer retaliation including wrongful termination. Retaliation may occur if you complained about discrimination, harassment, or unlawful activity in the workplace.

Wrongful Termination It is unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee for a reason that violates public policy such as race, age, gender, pregnancy, disability, medical leave, national original, or whistleblowing.

Whistleblower Claims Employees who report their employer's unlawful, fraudulent, or unethical conduct are known as whistleblowers.  Under California law, an employer may not retaliate for an employee engaging in whistleblowing.

Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), certain employers are required to permit employees that have more than one year of service to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid family leave if they, their parents, or their children have a serious medical condition.


Wage and Hour Violations Violations of overtime, minimum wage compensation, and meal and rest break laws.

Call Today For A Consultation

Law Office of Jennifer L. Newkirk

2531 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Chico, CA 95928

Phone (530) 213-1375

Serving Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and surrounding communities

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