Category: Discrimination

Will His Background Hurt Job Prospects?

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by Patrick Mortimer Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: “My son has been unemployed for 10 months. He was last employed as a computer programmer with a large company, making an excellent salary. But he was let go, I suspect, because he went on a drinking binge and did not report for work. “He…


Did Firm Discriminate Against Clerk

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Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: “I was employed as a clerk in an accounting firm before being laid off. On most days I worked nine hours. During the busy tax season I worked 10 or more hours each day and four hours on Saturdays. “I was not paid overtime and have reason to…


Stopping Workplace Wrongs

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Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: “I am a contract recruiter working for a major aerospace company in California. At the time of writing this letter, I have been on assignment for 11 months. I am 40 years old with four years of experience in recruiting. Some of my experience came during my previous…


Keep In Mind Ramifications When Checking Applicants’ References

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Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Originally Published in The Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2001 Q: “What can a prospective employer legally ask a previous employer when checking references? And what information can the previous employer legally volunteer?” A: “Employers should not ask questions that might be considered discriminatory in nature or seek private…


Pregnancy Discrimination Outlawed

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Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: After I announced that I was pregnant, my boss told me to take some time off and that we could make arrangements for me to do some part time work at home. Yet, almost immediately after taking my leave, he wrote me a letter saying he had to…


Worker Feels Firing Over Gossip Unjust

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Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: “I was fired recently, supposedly for starting rumors about a relationship between my supervisor and a salesman in our office. “I didn’t start any rumors, but they became suspicious when my boyfriend at the time raised the subject with a co worker who is a friend of the…