Now, perhaps more than ever before, California workers are holding their employers accountable for providing safe workplaces that are free from harassment, threats, intimidation, hostility, and other illegal behaviors. For too long, toxic workplace cultures have been allowed to keep employees silent. Employees have demanded change. Every year, the California legislature passes more workplace protections that guarantee your rights while on the job. You should consult with an attorney if you have been subjected to any of the following behaviors in the workplace:
California has some of the most comprehensive sexual harassment laws in the country. Compared with other states, employers have more responsibilities for training and compliance, and a far greater variety of behaviors constitute sexual harassment. This means that California employees enjoy greater rights and legal protection when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. It is, however, important to understand these rights and enforce them when they are violated.
Both state and federal employment law prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee who reports violations of employment law to federal, state, or local authorities. Retaliation can take many forms. It can be as blatant as firing a whistleblower, but it does not have to be this drastic. Demotions, reduced responsibilities, pay cuts or freezes, or ineligibility for promotions can all be considered forms of retaliation under certain circumstances.
State and federal law both prohibit discrimination in the workplace. As with other employment laws, California anti-discrimination laws tend to be more comprehensive than those in other states. For example, the discrimination statutes have recently been amended to include venture capital relationships. Before, an employer could only commit gender discrimination against an official employee. Now the law allows workers to file a gender discrimination lawsuit against a company with whom they had a venture capital relationship – either borrowing or lending – even if the plaintiff was not an official employee of the defendant. This is just one of many examples of ways in which California anti-discrimination laws are both broad and powerful.
There are many unlawful reasons for the termination of a worker’s employment, including:
These are just the protections under federal law. As with other areas of employment law, California state law offers more protection.
The culture of the California workplace is changing. Many illegal behaviors are stopping because brave employees have spoken up and held their employers accountable for following California employment laws. At Bogaards Law, we fight hard to defend employee’s workplace rights and know how to hold employers accountable for violating the law. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Bay Area employment lawyers.
Female student was sexually abused by a male student at a local private middle school. The male student had abused other students in the past.
Disputed sexual molestation of high school male student by female teacher at private school.
Plaintiff was the executive assistant for the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company for only a few years. She was fired for absenteeism and poor work performance; however, plaintiff had a personal relationship with the CEO’s family and claimed that the personal relationship both interfered with her ability to do her office work and lead to her termination.
Court trial in Marin County for breach of plaintiff’s employment contract as an office manager. Plaintiff had both a personal and work relationship with employer, a medical doctor.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a client’s father at a skilled nursing facility due to neglect, dehydration, and open wounds. Case settled at early mediation.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a fellow attorney’s mother within a month of moving into an upscale care facility in Marin County, because she was not given medications. Expedited settlement within three months of claim.
Wrongful death of the 20-year-old daughter of Renee and Israel Morales in the San Bruno PG&E gas pipeline explosion, with co-counsel John Feder. We were the second case to go to mediation resulting in one of the highest settlements in history. We also accompanied Renee Morales to the PG&E criminal trial over 5 years later.
Wrongful death of 94 year old petite grandmother who ran out into traffic in the middle of the block between parked cars against a red light. Our accident reconstruction expert found no liability- zero-against the driver who hit her.
Partial finger amputation of 8-year-old boy with comparative fault.
Plaintiff was an 85-year-old man attending a weekly Rotary meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Livermore. He slipped on wet tiles and broke his femur in four places.
Plaintiff slipped and fell on nacho cheese on the floor at a U.S.F. basketball game, injuring his knee and resulting in arthroscopic surgery.
Wrist fracture arising out of pedestrian/auto accident, no surgery.
Carbon monoxide poisoning case where clients, living in a ranch home in west Marin County, had only one day of exposure and no residual symptoms.
Bicyclist suffered broken wrist injury requiring multiple surgeries in no liability case.
Race car professional suffered neuropathic leg pain when race car driver backed up into him, while standing at metal table in hangar.
Homeowner slips on unsecured tarp in her foyer after coming downstairs and sues her general contractor doing her kitchen remodel. Homeowner suffers a severe elbow injury with surgery.
Cyclist gets doored by rideshare car. Bruising and scarring near eye and hand.
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My mediation appointment with Ms. Bogaards was more than interesting as it was conducted exclusively by phone due to the health crisis. Despite this, it went smoothly and productively. The case settled within the allotted time frame due largely in part to Ms. Bogaards persistence but also her vast experience in personal injury work. It was obvious her defense and plaintiff’s background gave her credibility with both parties. All in all, it was all a very positive experience for a first-time use. She was prepared and knew the flash points needed to get this settled. It took time but it was due to the parties obstinance, which she dealt with professionally and civilly. I’ve known Ms. Bogaards over the years from having litigated with her in her role as a defense attorney. I thought this case was perfect for a Mediator with a defense background that also does plaintiff’s work, as she does. I was very impressed with her grasp of value as regards a plaintiff’s case. She was spot on regarding the values and issues. I would not hesitate to use her again and recommend her as a Mediator to all plaintiff’s attorneys who view her strictly as a former defense attorney. She is way more than that; very efficient, there was no wasted time.
Debra Bogaards is one of the most thorough, skilled and aggressive litigators in the Bay Area. She protects her clients and their interests like a mama bear to her cubs. I speak both as a client for whom Ms. Bogaards achieved an incredible result, and as a colleague who has worked beside Ms. Bogaards and has seen her diligence and thought process. Here skillset and tremendous presence and command, regardless of the forum, makes for a most fierce litigator. Ms. Bogaards is always my first recommendation to clients and friends seeking to protect their legal rights relating to personal injuries.
Look no further. Debra is an amazing lawyer and very thorough at her job. About a year ago, we came into contact with Debra because we were being harassed and kicked out by our landlord. Out of 5 lawyers we called Debra was the only one to answer and help us out immediately. The first time we called, her amazing assistant Rachel answered and began asking me questions in order to understand our case. She immediately began the process and before we knew it, we had a meeting with Debra. Debra is beyond amazing at her job. She is professional and knowledgeable in her profession. Apart from being a great lawyer, she is a caring person. We were going through a stressful time but Debra and her assistants, Rachel and Chelsea all made us feel welcomed and helped us forget for a moment the horrible landlord we had. Debra, Chelsea, and Rachel are outstanding and work together as an amazing team. We were beyond satisfied with the results we received and glad we chose Debra to represent us. We would recommend Debra in a heartbeat. She is unbelievably amazing in her profession and as a person.
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