Some employers take advantage of the fact that their employees need work, and they sometimes take steps to try to avoid paying minimum wage. That isn't fair to employees, and it often is only legal because of unfair loopholes. However, there are cases when employees can seek the compensation they haven't received due to deceptive practices.
Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a talking point over the recent years. However, a recent Hollywood scandal has opened peoples' eyes, and mouths, in California and around the country. The well-known movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, found himself in the spotlight amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment over multiple decades. The fact that almost 60 women have come forward so far has resulted in more women feeling comfortable telling about their experiences with sexual inappropriateness, both in the entertainment world and elsewhere.
Many California employees may not know if the law protects their right to have a meal break. The truth is that federal law does not mandate such breaks, but a number of states do spell out protections for workers from denied meal breaks. California is one such state, with laws that clearly detail how employers must treat their employees when it comes to workplace meal times.
Employers and employees in California should be aware that sexual harassment can happen in same-sex situations. No matter who is the affected victim, any words or actions of a sexual nature that leads to an uncomfortable environment constitutes harassment and needs to be addressed.