Sachi Barreiro is a legal editor at Nolo, specializing in
employment law and workers’ compensation law. Before joining Nolo, Sachi
practiced law for several years in San Francisco, first representing injured
plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, then advising businesses on employment
and corporate matters. Sachi received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law,
where she graduated magna cum laude.
Articles By Sachi Barreiro
California law provides that accrued vacation time or PTO belongs to the employee. Employees may either use their vacation time or cash out the value of those hours. When an employee quits or is fired or laid off, all accrued, unused vacation time must be included in the employee's final paycheck.
If you want to file a lawsuit against your employer for discriminating against you in violation of federal law, you must first file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that interprets and enforces the laws prohibiting discrimination.
Wrongful termination is a catchall term that refers to all the types of legal claims employees can make against employers for firing them. Most employees in the United States work at will, which means they can quit at any time and they can be fired at any time, for any reason that's not illegal.
Has your employer recently asked you to sign a nondisclosure agreement? At many companies, a nondisclosure agreement – a contract by which you promise to maintain the confidentiality of the employer’s trade secrets – is a standard part of the new hire paperwork employees must sign. Or, you might
Question: I work as a bartender at a nightclub in California. Our schedules are usually posted a couple weeks in advance. Last week, I showed up on a Thursday night and my shift was supposed to be from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. At around 8:00 p.m., my manager told me to go home early because it was a slow