Are lawmakers helping or hindering your gig?

You might already have a demanding schedule, around which you would like to make some extra money. Or perhaps you need flexibility to finish your degree or raise your children. No matter your reason for participating in the gig economy, you might find it to be your best personal choice for earning an income to support your family.

Although gigging does not come with health benefits or a retirement plan, many people prefer the opportunity to earn money when they can, rather than dedicating the majority of their waking hours to an employer. However, while new regulations are designed to protect your rights, you may question whether they infringe upon them.

Your age and your right to work

You may not be as young as you once were, but that has no bearing on whether you can still work. Your mind and body are perfectly capable of the physical and mental requirements of regular employment, and you should not experience harassment or discrimination simply because you are older. There are even laws in place that prohibit age discrimination. 

Despite these things, age discrimination still happens. It's unfortunate, but older California employees and prospective job applicants often find they experience unfair treatment simply because of their age. If this happened to you, you do not have to simply endure it and hope that you are able to find another job somewhere else. It's not just a part of getting older – it's against the law, and you have the right to fight back.

Who is making a real effort to pay women as much as men?

Nationwide, women might typically agree that they should earn the same amount of money as their male coworkers. This is especially true while performing the same work. But despite the efforts to close the gender pay gap, many women still experience discrimination in their workplace.

However, some companies are banding together to create change. Through the recently-announced #EqualPayCA campaign, companies are raising awareness of the gender pay gap. They also agree to offer education for employers, employees and labor unions to establish pay equality.

Your job might be difficult, but is it hostile?

When you wake up and get ready to go to work in the morning, you may look forward to seeing your coworkers. Since you spend most of your waking hours with your colleagues, it is only natural to develop friendships, inside jokes and a support system for life’s challenging events.

But while you may enjoy most of the people you work with, there is usually someone who you cannot stand to be around. Regardless of whether you dislike their personality or think they are rude, are they creating a hostile work environment?

How much money can you make for losing your job?

With fluctuation in the economy, corporate restructuring and the inclusion of technology, many Americans lose a job at some point during their career. And while that may seem devastating initially, your severance package could help hold you over financially while you look for another job.

California laws do not require employers to provide severance pay to their employees when they separate them from the company. However, if your employer does offer you a severance agreement, there are some things you might want to consider in your negotiation.

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?

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