Could you get in trouble for reporting harassment at work?

When you work for someone else, there are certain rules they expect you to follow. And while you may not agree with all of your employer’s policies and procedures, you must abide by them in order to keep your job.

There is a distinct difference between disagreeing with something and knowing legal lines are crossed, but in some circumstances, maltreatment could occur within your workplace. And while you know there is a problem, you might be afraid to mention it for fear that doing so will put your job at risk. However, there are laws protecting you from retaliation after reporting allegations of workplace discrimination or harassment to your employer.

California senator taking on black hair discrimination at work

We all know that is against the law in California for employers to discriminate against workers or job applicants on the basis of their race. However, there are more subtle ways that racial minorities can experience discrimination that currently fall through the cracks legally.

One of them is African American workers being punished for the way they style their hair. A new bill in the state senate called the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act would protect all workers’ right to wear their hair however they want without being subject to arbitrary grooming rules on the job.

Can your employer make you choose between your job and your baby?

No matter what job you have, there are certain laws regulating your rights as an employee. Many workplace disputes are related to personality clashes or personal preferences. However, employers have certain obligations to their employees.

Pregnancy should not affect your job, nor should it affect the way you are treated in your workplace. But in some cases, employers do not adhere to the laws which are supposed to protect your baby, forcing you to make a choice: your career, or your child?

What can your kids learn through professional sports contracts?

Many children are in awe of their heroes. Whether they play football, basketball or baseball, professional athletes are often role models in a variety of ways.

While kids might try to emulate a player’s footwork or sportsmanship, or are interested in one day claiming fame of their own, kids know professional athletes make “a lot” of money. But as they try to be like their favorite players, do kids truly understand how much is at stake?

Protection for children involved in show biz

On-screen children are delightful in many roles. And although it might be fun to see the way children contribute to a show, there are specific laws that apply to their involvement in the entertainment industry.

Many parents are interested in getting their kids involved in show business but may not be aware of how things work. Before getting an agent, taking headshots and bringing a child to audition for roles, parents might want to gain a basic understanding of California’s child labor laws.

Was my termination wrongful?

Getting fired from a job can be incredibly upsetting. Losing a job can mean loss of critical income and benefits; it can also create a disruption in a person's employment history. And feeling like the termination was wrongful or illegal can make the situation that much more troubling. 

Understand, though, that there is a difference between a firing feeling unfair and being wrongful. One of the biggest differences is that there could be legal remedies available if a termination is wrongful. Below, we explain what this means.

Athletes are workers, too

When people think about employees and contractors, they often imagine people working in retail, driving an Uber or sitting in an office. However, being a professional athlete is also an occupation. And while it may seem like the dream job for many people, it can prove to be a nightmare for athletes facing legal challenges to protect and establish their rights.

For instance, athletes can struggle when it comes to contractual obligations and employment rights. One example is UFC fighter Leslie Smith and her efforts to unionize fighters.

Taking a closer look at performance contracts

Whether a person is an actor, singer, comedian or other type of performer, having a clear and enforceable performance contract in place can make or break an event -- or career. These contracts are in place to ensure a performer has everything he or she requires for an event to go as planned.

Often, when people talk about performance contracts, they immediately think of the riders or personal requirements that can appear in them. However, there is much more to these agreements than you might realize.


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