Employment Law Deals With the Rights
Between the Employers and the Employees
Employment law is governed by a body of law known as labour laws. These laws were made to protect the rights of both employers and employees. When handled properly, disputes made in the workplace can save the relationship of both employers and employees while maintaining a good reputation for the company.
There are a plethora of issues that both employers and employees face throughout the course of their relationship. Some of these issues include:
Wrongful termination – What makes a termination wrongful is that within the contract that binds the employer and employee, there was a term of the agreement which the termination breached. Outside of contracts, both parties should be aware of statute provisions within the California Labor laws. When these provisions are breached, termination can be claimed to be wrongful.
Discrimination – Occurs when an employer or workplace treats an employee differently because of the person’s physical or mental traits. The parameters for this are large and can include: race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religious identity, etc. Discrimination can even occur based on whether a person has a condition such as pregnancy or a disability. The act of discrimination can include everything from hiring practices to workplace harassment.
Whistleblowers and Retaliation – Within employment litigation, a whistleblower is defined as a person who reports their employer for breaking the law. Retaliation occurs on the side of the employer. An act of retaliation may be an employer terminating an employee for reporting them. In most of these cases, the law sides with the whistleblower, who was ethically and legally within their rights to report their employer.
Worker’s comp and working conditions – The state of California has a specific set of rules that help determine who is entitled to worker’s compensation and how it should be awarded. Through worker’s compensation, employees can be awarded reimbursements, lost wages, have their medical bills paid for, etc.