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August 2014 Archives

How should I request a reasonable accommodation at work?

Disabled employees are offered a variety of protections to ensure that they are treated fairly in the workplace. Recently, this blog post highlighted a court case that ruled that telecommuting was a reasonable work accommodation within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means that employers may have to provide you with the option to telecommute if you are disabled.

Telecommuting is a reasonable work accommodation

In this age of computers, the internet, smart phones and other high-tech gadgets, it might not seem that surprising that many California workers telecommute. This means that the employee often works from home but still completes a job for a remote employer.

What behavior creates a hostile working environment?

Since most California employees are at-will employees, they have limited rights in the workplace. This means that they have to put up with a variety of behaviors from their employers. While these behaviors may be annoying, rude or frustrating to deal with, employees often have no legal recourse to stop them. However, if the behavior crosses the line and creates a hostile work environment then employees may have legal rights.

California employee wins workplace discrimination suit

50 years ago, the U.S. government passed the Civil Rights Act. Under this act, it became illegal to discriminate against people because of their national origin, race, religion, color or gender. Under this law, employers cannot use any of these factors in their hiring, firing or promotion decisions. Many people may think that these basic civil rights are common knowledge, however, many California employees are still suffering from workplace discrimination today.

California woman sues Yahoo, alleges sexual harassment

A lawsuit has recently been filed against a senior director at the California Internet giant Yahoo. In the suit, a former employee of the company alleges both sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Both women involved in the suit started working for Yahoo after it acquired a third-party app. The women worked in the engineering department.

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