Tom the Lawyer2019-06-10T22:14:17-07:00

Fired Because You Got Married?? And Were Happy Being So???!!!

Has this happened to you?  Do you think it is now, or wondering if it’s about to pop?

You’ve taken it for the team – your job – week after week, month after month, year after year.  That means something, doesn’t it?  It should, shouldn’t it?

Then along the path of life comes that spouse you always dreamed would head your way.  You get married!  Now you want to spend time with her/him instead of all your time being married to the job.  That makes sense, doesn’t it?

But what’s this?  Your boss doesn’t like the new you?  Likes your new husband/wife even less?  Makes no bones about the fact that the company is not pleased with you not being there day-in, day-out, 7 days a week?  Even threatens you?  Writes you up?  Puts you on a 90 day review?  Fires you???!!!!!

Has this happened to you or someone you know?  In California, an employer can’t intentionally decide to interfere with one’s marriage for the benefit of the company.  That’s called “marital status discrimination”.  So if your honeymoon has been put on a forced time off because of your boss’s jealousy – her discrimination – at your actually having a life?  Call us.  You probably need more than a marriage counselor.

September 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Fired Because You Got Married?? And Were Happy Being So???!!!

On-call? But Sometimes You’re Left Just Holding the Phone?

Last week’s discussion was about using your phone at work. This week is about being “on-call” - where you might have to use that phone to call in to see about work that day. There are at least two kinds of "on-call" status. The obvious one is where you might be called at any time, over a week-end say. You’re able to see to a movie, attend church, go dancing, [...]

February 25th, 2019|

Using your Phone for Work? Who’s paying the bill?

Whether you’re driving or working at a desk, your employer might have chosen to ask you to use your phone as an everyday tool. Do you have to use your phone to clock in or out from work? Or to go on or off breaks? How about to communicate with clients of your employer throughout the day? Or to talk with dispatch as they tell you your next stop or [...]

February 18th, 2019|

Bag – and Clothing – and Jacket Checks – Holding You Up?

Last week it was 'Background Checks.' This week it’s about 'Bag Checks.' Where you work, before you go on a meal break, or when you leave work, do you have to go through a bag check? Do they look in your bag, or make you take off a jacket or coat and hat or cap, to inspect you, because you might take company merchandise? Do you have to first clock [...]

February 14th, 2019|

Background Checks – Read the Fine Print

Probably each time you’ve applied for a job, you’re asked to sign a package of documents. It may even be online, where you’re simply asked to ‘docusign’ what you see on a screen. If you can, you might want to consider asking to obtain a complete copy of everything you sign. If possible, you might ask if that’s possible even before you first start signing. That way, later on, if [...]

February 4th, 2019|

Religious Discrimination in Employment – A Quick Overview

As you’re probably aware, religious discrimination in employment is, for the most part illegal. Here are four types of instances where it might arise. The first has to do with hiring. If, for example, you told a prospective employer that due to your religion you couldn’t work on a Friday or Saturday or Sunday, for example, and a job offer was suddenly withdrawn, that might well be illegal. Or once [...]

January 28th, 2019|

Overtime and Earnings Statements

This week's posting is on Overtime and Earnings Statements! Pay-Stubs! That's what they used to call them. Now they're called Earnings Statements. You should get one each pay period. In California, If you're an hourly employee, they should definitely show how many hours you worked, so you can compute whether you were paid correctly. They should show you the work you did for that previous pay period, so you can add [...]

January 21st, 2019|
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