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Wage & Hour

California employment law is focused on making sure employees get paid for the work they perform. Employers are required to give employees:

  • Minimum Wage 

  • Overtime Wages

  • Missed Meal & Rest Break Premiums

  • Protected Leave 

  • Itemized Wage Statements

Additionally, employers are required to properly classify workers as employees not independent contactors. More importantly, employers must properly classify its employees as either non-exempt (hourly) or exempt (salary), paying close attention to the requirements for both types.  

Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation

California, under the Fair Employment & Housing Act ("FEHA") prohibits employers from mistreating employees, treating employees less favorably, saying derogatory comments, wrongful termination, or otherwise treating an employee differently, based on the employee being in one of the protected classes:

  • Race,  color

  • Ancestry, national origin

  • Religion, creed

  • Age (40 and over)

  • Mental and/or physical disability

  • Sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions)

  • Sexual orientation 

  • Gender identity and expression 

  • Medical condition 

  • Genetic information 

  • Marital Status 

  • Military or veteran status


Employees are protected from being retaliated against or terminated because the employee reported to a government agency about believed employment law violations committed by the employer.

Wrongful Termination

Employees are wrongfully terminated if their employer fired them because the employee: 

  • Filed a Workers' Compensation claim

  • Reported employer to a government agency

  • Complained about employment law violations

  • Had an implied contract to not be terminated without cause 

  • Exercised rights under FEHA 

  • Expressed different political views from employer 

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