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California law "prohibits on duty and on call rest periods" for non-exempt employees

On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court held in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, that California law "prohibits on duty and on call rest periods" for non-exempt employees. Almost all California employers must provide rest periods for non-exempt employees of at least 10 minutes for each four hours of work or major fraction thereof. The California Supreme Court stated, "during required rest periods, employers must relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time." 

Southern California city loses employment discrimination appeal

In 2009 several police officers for the city of Burbank filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the department and city. The officers alleged that they were the victims of racial discrimination during their time as officers; in 2012 a court ruled in favor of one of those officers and awarded him more than $800,000 in damages and attorneys' fees for the losses he suffered.

Protecting your rights in the workplace

While it seems like every week we read, watch or hear about worker mistreatments throughout the world, the United States takes pride in their various laws in place to protect employees from hazardous working conditions, sexual harassment, and various forms of discrimination, including race, religious, age, disability discrimination, and discrimination based on wages.

J.B. Hunt settles Sikh religious discrimination cases for $260K

When four Sikh drivers tried to get jobs at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., in California, the trucking company told them a drug test was required as a condition of employment. Observant Sikhs don't drink or use drugs, so compliance with the company's policy of remaining drug and alcohol free would not be a problem. All four men needed the jobs, but all four refused to take the drug test.

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