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Types of Workplace Retaliation in California

By Ochoa & Calderon |

Unlawful retaliation in the workplace can occur in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. California workers are protected from unlawful retaliation, whether that takes the form of termination, pay cuts, or other adverse employment actions. Retaliation is unlawful whenever it is enacted in response to an employee engaging in some… Read More »

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What Do I Do if My Coworker Is Sexually Harassing Me?

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In California, you have the right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace. State law prohibits employers from committing acts of sexual harassment and obliges employers to take appropriate action if they learn of harassing conduct. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace by a supervisor or… Read More »

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Most Common Illegal Reasons to be Fired From Work in California

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California workers are protected from wrongful termination under both California and federal law. While California is an at-will state, meaning employers can fire workers for nearly any reason or no reason at all, there are a few bases for termination that are unlawful. Workers who are fired for an illegal reason can sue employers… Read More »

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Who’s the Adjuster in a Workers’ Comp Case?

By Ochoa & Calderon |

After an injury at work, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation coverage. Your employer and their workers’ comp insurance provider should step in to help you get the medical care you need and repay you for lost wages resulting from days missed at work. When you file for workers’ compensation, you are… Read More »

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GAF Score: Why it is Important For a Psychiatric Workers’ Comp Claim

By Ochoa & Calderon |

California workers’ compensation laws guarantee that workers must be protected in the event of a workplace injury. Some injuries are easier to prove than others, however. It’s easy to point to a work-related car accident and a resulting disability such as paralysis. It’s more difficult to explain a mental health condition that arose as… Read More »

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What to Do if Employer Rejects FMLA Leave in CA

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California state and federal laws guarantee employees the right to take protected leave for covered reasons, including for medical issues they suffer or to take care of a family member suffering from a covered medical issue. If your employer rejects your request for leave or retaliates against you for taking your protected leave, you… Read More »

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Heart Presumption in CA: Labor Code 3212

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All California workers are guaranteed workers’ compensation coverage for injuries and illnesses that happen on the job. Obtaining coverage for certain conditions can be tricky, however; workers’ comp covers only work-related injuries and illnesses. Injuries that develop over time, or conditions that might result from causes outside of work, can be harder to connect… Read More »

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What to Expect at a Workers’ Comp Deposition

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If you have a workers’ comp claim, you might have your deposition taken by a lawyer for the insurance company or your employer. The lawyer’s purpose is to evaluate the merits of your claim and identify any reasons why your claim should be denied or your benefits limited. Facing an attorney’s questioning can be… Read More »

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Why Workers’ Comp Claims Get Denied

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California law requires all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance for the benefit of their employees. Employers, through their workers’ comp insurance providers, must pay out benefits to injured workers so long as they were injured on the job. There are a number of justifications an insurer or employer may give to deny coverage… Read More »

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What Should I Do If I Get Into a Car Accident?

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A serious car accident can be a terrifying, traumatic, jarring experience. Car accidents are not events that people deal with many times in their lives, if ever. If you were in a car crash, there are a few important steps to take to protect your health, your rights, and your finances. Read on for… Read More »

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