Summer is here, a time when employers scramble to cover vacation schedules and employees burn through their PTO.
It’s also Pride Month. I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss some important employment laws designed to ensure equal opportunity at work for LGBT people.
Nationwide, there are still 26 states that do not have laws banning discrimination against LGBT workers. And there are important cases pending before the Supreme Court that will determine whether sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited by federal law (Title VII).
But in California, it is unambiguous that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are unlawful.
In recent years, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has issued key regulations on protections for gender identity and expression. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, §§ 11030 – 11031.)
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It is International Worker’s Day, which has its roots in advocacy for the eight-hour work day, and the 5-day work week. Since the social movements of the Industrial Revolution, California has been on the forefront of regulating wages and hours of work.
Today, the California Labor Code contains over 9,000 sections (yes, you read that right)! And many of the most significant California employment laws are not even codified in the Labor Code, such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Government Code sec.12940, et seq.).
For this reason, today is a good day to remember some of the new Labor Code provisions that went into effect January 1, 2019. (Expect to hear more from me in the future as new labor bills wind their way through this legislative session.)
I have practiced labor and employment law for nearly a decade. Before that I worked on state and federal labor policy. Some of the legal developments I have seen in my career range from the rigidly bureaucratic (meal and rest period requirements in California) to the revolutionary (the rise of the "me too" movement and calls for workplace diversity and inclusion).
I have represented multi-billion dollar companies and low-wage workers; government agencies and start-up entrepreneurs. A common theme has emerged from each representation: work is a source of meaning and purpose, a place to grow ideas and relationships.
This is true for me as well. I recently chose to strike out on my own into legal entrepreneurship.
What motivates me to go to work each day? My clients. A 100% commitment to developing the most creative solutions to their problems, so they can achieve success in business and in life.
Many commentators today discuss "the future of work," and predict massive disruption in the labor force. I agree that change will happen, but I also believe that many of the dire warnings about automation are hyperbole. At the end of the day, humans will always work together, building the next great idea. And when they do, they will work in a legal environment that is increasingly complex, and in communities that are increasingly diverse, requiring businesses and individuals to work across cultures and generations.
No legal environment is more complex than in California. No workforce is more diverse than in California. This is why I focus my law practice in the Golden State, a place I love.
My goal in each representation is to help entrepreneurs and individuals succeed at work. I look forward to succeeding together.
P.S. I am happy to announce that we now have offices in San Francisco and in Sonoma County!
I am passionate about providing entrepreneurs and individuals effective and high-quality representation in all aspects of California labor and employment law.
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