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Posts by Christian Petronelli

California Furthers Equal Pay Rights

In April 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Rizo v. Yovino  that an employer cannot justify a wage differential between male and female employees under the Equal Pay Act by relying on the employee’s prior salary. This case was later overturned by the United States Supreme Court on a technicality, but the…

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Male on Male Sexual Harassment

When most people think of sexual harassment in the workplace, they think of male workers harassing or propositioning female coworkers. However, men can also be the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. In fact, female on male, or male on male, harassment accounts for approximately 20% of all harassment complaints filed with the Equal…

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California Lactation Areas – Bathrooms NOT Included

Labor Code § 1031 has been amended by the California Legislature to make it clear that an employer must make reasonable efforts to provide an employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a bathroom, for lactation. This brings the California Labor Code into compliance with the Federal Affordable Care Act,…

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California Minimum Wage Increases in 2020

In 2016, California enacted SB 3, authorizing annual minimum wage increases until it reaches $15.00, and identifying a two-tiered schedule for the effective dates of these increases depending on whether the employer has more than 25 employees.  As minimum wage increases, so does the employees regular rate for purposes of calculating time and a half…

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California Minimum Wage Increases in 2018

Petronelli Law Group - California Minimum Wage Increases in 2018

What is minimum wage in California?  As of January 1. 2018, California’s minimum wage is $11.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $10.50 per hour for employers with less than 26 employees.   However, the increases in California’s minimum wage will not stop there.  Under Labor Code section 1182.12, California’s minimum…

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California Pregnancy Leave Laws

What types of maternity leave are available in California?  For families expecting a new child, pregnancy leave laws in California are important but complicated. There are three basic types of leave that parents may take: FMLA leave, CFRA leave, and pregnancy disability leave. Many parents qualify for the California Paid Family Leave program as well.…

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Sexual Harassment Laws in California

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Discrimination Cases Represented by Petronelli Law Group

What is Considered Sexual Harassment in California? Sexual harassment at work is prohibited in California under California Government Code section 12940(j).  Sexual harassment in the workplace can take many forms and isn’t always easy to identify. In general, there are two types of workplace sexual harassment – quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment…

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