Can my employer look at my e mails?

Unfortunately for employees in California, there is very little protection against employer searches of your office computer. We have found it standard practice for employers to open computers, seize hard-drives and basically print everything they can. This is especially true when an employee is also a whistle ...

Unfair Business Practice?

In our California and Los Angeles discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, whistle blowing practice, we often add a cause of action for violations of California's Unfair Business Practices Act. This is found at Bus & Pro Code Section 17200, et seq. Two recent decisions have given added life to the ...

Arbitration Clause Found Invalid

Zenia Chavarria started work as many other employees across the State of California do.  She went through an interview and when hired, was brought back to fill out stacks of paperwork.  Located in the pile of paper she was asked to sign was a signature page.  It was not attached to an actual agreement, but a...

Retaliation for whistle blowing

California Labor Code 1102.5 remains one of -- if not the--most important tools we as plaintiff attorneys have to protect California employees from retaliation for reporting illegal, unsafe or "bad" practices either to their company or to law enforcement. A major "fork in the road" for whistle blowers is unders...