What actions constitute discrimination?

In California, employers can not discriminate based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, or marital status. Also, other types of discrimination include sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, etc.), gender, gender identity or expression, age (40 and older), sexual orientation, or military or veteran status. Additionally, employers […]

What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

According to California’s Law, a Qui tam lawsuit is a whistleblowing case where the whistleblower (or “relator”) may receive a reward if government funds are recovered. In addition, the False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against anyone intentionally defrauding the government. This law was passed in 1987. The False Claims Act allows […]

How much do you know about tips?

The rules about what counts as a tip, how much your employer must pay you, and whether you have to contribute to a tip pool depend on the laws in your state and can be a bit complicated. Below we explain how tipping works in California. In California as in many other states it is […]

Do you know 5 of the most common signs of sexual harassment?

Sexually harassing behavior may not be clear. Therefore, most employees find it difficult to determine if they are being sexually harassed. It is clear that the person who suffers from the harassment perceives that something is wrong and they always suffer discomfort. Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace knows how stressful and […]

Key California Requirements Impacting Time Off

When most people think of job theft or unfair working conditions, they only think of unfair pay. Most employees don’t realize that theft can also be non-recognition of days off, overtime, breaks, etc. . In order to identify if you are suffering any injustice at work, you need to know what benefits you deserve from […]

Nine Forbidden Types of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

No job is ever going to be perfect. Therefore, there may be times when you feel uncomfortable at your place of employment. However, harassment and discrimination cause problems that go beyond a general feeling of unhappiness. They can cause you mental anguish and affect your livelihood in the worst cases. The law forbids places of […]

Are You a Victim of Age Discrimination? Here’s What to Do

Many types of employment discrimination exist, but age discrimination is one of the most rampant in the US. Age discrimination was the fifth-highest type of discrimination case that plaintiff’s filed in 2019, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Such claims made up 21.4 percent of all cases filed that year. It’s imperative that you […]

Age Discrimination in the Workplace: What Does It Look Like?

When people think about discrimination, they often think about people not being treated fairly due to their sexual orientation, race, sex, and even their marital status. However, age discrimination is also a big problem in the workplace. This often happens when people are treated differently once they hit a certain age (over forty).  So, what […]

Bank of Marin Alameda Running Festival 2016: Hallie Von Rock

Our resident Rock Star Runner Hallie made the news. Attorney Hallie Von Rock of Aiman-Smith & Marcy participated in the Alameda inaugural Bank of Marin Alameda Running Festival. Furthermore, Ekene Ikeme of Almeda Sun says Hallie is “…the first woman and Alamedan to complete the distance.” This is very exciting to us and we congratulate […]

A Change in Ownership of a Grocery Store Provides Job Protection

Senate Bill 359, proposed by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, was signed into law in August 17, 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown. The Bill’s aim is to protect grocery workers’ jobs after a change in ownership of a grocery store occurs. The protection period is 90 days and applies to grocery stores that are at […]