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What is an “Adverse Employment Action?”

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

There are a lot of things that employers can’t do, when it comes to discrimination. They can’t retaliate against you or discriminate on the basis of being a member of a protected class such as your gender, sexuality/sexual orientation, race/color, religion/creed, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, age (over 40), gender identity, gender expression, medical condition,… Read More »

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The Basics of Workplace Retaliation

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

You know your rights at work. You know what you deserve to be paid, and you understand your right to be free from harassment, abuse or discrimination. And you may even know when and if it’s happening to you. And yet, you may opt to do absolutely nothing about it, for fear of your… Read More »

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The Relationship Between At -Will Employment, and Employee Handbooks

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

California is an at-will employment state. That means that, absent violating federal or state discrimination laws, your employer can fire you for any reason. It does not have to be a good reason or a fair one. It can be subjective, with malice, or you can be fired “just because.” Of course, it works… Read More »

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Video and Audio Recording in the Workplace: Is it Legal?

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

Snooping, prying, and eavesdropping are not things an employee would think should be allowable in the workplace. From an employer’s standpoint, “listening in” on employees, can be a valuable “quality control” and training tool, and even a way to make sure that employees are harassing each other or discriminating against anybody. But there is… Read More »

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Harassed at Work? Make Sure You Report It

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

If you are the victim of harassment or discrimination at work, the central question in any lawsuit is whether your employer did anything wrong, and if so, what. But what if your employer starts pointing the finger at you? Failing to report the inappropriate conduct is a common mistake that many employees make, particularly… Read More »

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Salary and Commission Requirements for Commission Based Workers

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

You may already know that the Fair Labor Standards Act has special rules for how much tipped employees need to be paid, and how their pay requirements differ from those employees who may receive just a straight hourly wage. But there is another category of wages, or another way some people are paid: commissions…. Read More »

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Interns: When, if Ever, Do They Have to be Paid?

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

Internship/externships are invaluable educational opportunities; the chance for students in high school, college or graduate school to get real, hands-on experience. But for employers there seems to be a hidden benefit: free labor. But is an internship paid? Does someone who interns with a company have to be paid the same way that any… Read More »

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Are Tipped Employees More Likely to be Sexually Harassed?

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

We’ve written in the past about the difficulties that many tipped employees have when it comes to making sure that they get paid the legally required hourly wage, as well as overtime. And about the tricks and tactics that many employers use to deprive tipped employees of what they earn or what they are… Read More »

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Should You Sign a Confidentiality Agreement to Settle Your Case?

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

At the end of your employment discrimination, unpaid wages, or similar employment case, if the case does settle out of court, your employer or its insurance company will, without a doubt, want you to sign a confidentiality agreement as a condition of receiving your settlement. Should you sign it? More Compensation? One thing to… Read More »

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What Can a Whistleblower Safely Report to the Government?

By Costanzo Law Firm, APC |

You may already know that whistleblower laws prohibit your employer from retaliating against you for taking certain actions, or for reporting certain illegal activity. These laws allow employees who see illegal behavior, to report and try to stop that behavior, without fear of repercussions at work. But just what kind of things do the… Read More »

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