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Can I be fired for refusing a drug test?

If your employer at a private company in California tells you that you must take a drug test, you may wonder if state law allows it. Unfortunately, the answer to that is not necessarily simple. According to the State of California’s Employment Development Department, there are instances where you could be terminated because of your refusal. However, some court cases have determined that wrongful termination took place after an employee was fired for refusing to take a random drug test.

Wage transparency: Know your rights

Although women have made many strides in business in decades past, NBC News reports that in California, women on average make 89 cents for every dollar a man earns in the same job. This discrepancy is the lowest in the nation, but that does not make it fair to pay a woman less than a man for the same work. Fighting against the gender pay gap is no simple task, and discrimination can be hard to prove, so it is essential to know the rights afforded in the Golden State.

When are sexual remarks against the law?

Each day, hard-working people endure various forms of abuse in the workplace. While some are subjected to wage violations or wrongful termination, others experience sexual harassment that leaves them devastated. Whether you work in Los Angeles, California, or another part of the country, it is essential to recognize your rights and address any occurrences of illegal behavior at once. Unfortunately, some victims of sexual harassment choose to remain silent, whether they are scared about the consequences or do not know that any laws were broken.

Is your employer violating your breastfeeding rights?

Most women in California understand that pregnancy is a covered condition under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which ensures that their job will be waiting for them after maternity leave. Not as many women realize that their lactation and right to breastfeed or pump for their new baby is also protected. Under state law, California employers must provide lactating women with a private space not in the bathroom and breaks for pumping breast milk or nursing a new infant. Unfortunately, it isn't uncommon for companies to ignore or willfully violate the law when it comes to new mothers.

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