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CAN I GET FIRED FOR MY AGE?
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WHAT EVERY EMPLOYEE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DISABILITIES

Most folks associate “disability” with severely debilitating catastrophic physical injuries. When they hear the word “disability” they immediately think of a someone in a wheelchair, on crutches, or with a cast. They are perplexed when they see a person who looks perfectly fine from the outside walk out of a car with a disabled placard….

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3 REASONS TO GET A TERMINATION LETTER WHEN GETTING FIRED

Picture this: Your boss unexpectedly calls you into a meeting. You are wondering what’s wrong. You walk over to your boss’ office and are surprised to see that the company’s HR person is also there. Then like a ton of bricks it hits you: Out of nowhere, you are told that you are being fired…

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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

Being pregnant is a time of joy for most people. Most expecting moms think of what gender their new baby will be; what they are going to name them; what to buy to get the nursery ready; and put together a birth plan. Expecting moms may also deal with some of the natural symptoms of the…

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DO I HAVE A “WRONGFUL TERMINATION” CASE?

For most folks getting fired from a job is a devastating experience. Once the initial shock wears off, and the dust settles the terminated employee often tries to figure out what just happened. It is not uncommon for folks to spend hours recounting their steps, recalling and analyzing events, and assessing their employer’s handling of…

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3 THINGS TO AVOID DOING AFTER BEING FIRED
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WORKPLACE RETALIATION AND THE LAW

The dictionary defines “retaliation” as “the act of doing someone harm in return for actual or perceived injuries or wrongs; an instance of reprisal, requital, or revenge.” Although retaliation is intangible most folks immediately sense it when it happens to them. The same is true in the workplace. When a supervisor or coworker tries to…

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SHOW ME THE MONEY—HOW THE FAIR PAY ACT AFFECTS YOU

For a long time, it was unthinkable to ask a co-worker how much he was making, or to ask your boss to give you a raise because your co-worker was making more money. Indeed, raising the topic of pay in the workplace was viewed to be distasteful and off-limits. This has all changed in the…

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MY BOSS IS HARASSING ME: CAN I SUE?

If you have a great working relationship with your boss consider yourself lucky, because most folks are not as fortunate as you. By virtue of its formal nature, the typical relationship between a supervisor and a subordinate often involves some degree of friction. The severity of this friction can range from polite disagreement to outright…

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NEW LAWS FOR THE NEW YEAR

While most of us are starting to think about how we are going celebrate the New Year, few of us give much thought to how the laws will change come the New Year.  Since many of these changes will be significant, it is important to keep them in mind.  Some of the key changes that…

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“INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR” OR “EMPLOYEE”? IN CALIFORNIA THE ANSWER CAN BE AS EASY AS “ABC”

Have you ever wondered why two people can be doing the exact same job but one of them is classified as an “employee” while the other an “independent contractor”? The answer is simple: A workforce comprised of independent contractors is far less expensive for the employer. Businesses are required to make certain expenditures for employees…

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3 REASONS WHY EVERY EMPLOYEE SHOULD AVOID ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS
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7 Steps to Prepare for a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Losing a job is considered one of the most stressful situations a person can experience. After all, without consistent employment, your financial situation and quality of life may suddenly be in jeopardy. Unfortunately, most employment in California is at-will, meaning that an employer has the right to fire an employee at any time for any…

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Ani M. Akopyan Named to 2018 Women Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. is pleased to announce that our own Ani M. Akopyan has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Attorneys in Southern California—a compilation of lawyers who ranked at the top of the Rising Stars list—by the Super Lawyer’s selection committee. This is the third consecutive year Attorney…

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Help! I Was in a Car Accident with an Uninsured Driver; What Do I Do Now?

Imagine this scenario: You are involved in a car accident. Your car is smashed. You are in physical pain. You walk out of your car and talk to the other driver involved in the collision. You come to find out that the other driver who caused the collision does not even have automobile insurance. Your…

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Fired for Complaining About Illegal Things at Work; What Can I Do?

In California, it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee because that employee opposed or reported illegal conduct, even if the employee’s complaint was not “well-founded.” The employer is liable for illegal retaliation as long as he or she can show: The employee engaged in “protected activity” by opposing or reporting illegal conduct;…

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New Law Levels Playing Field for Job Applicants
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Can I Get Fired for “Venting” About My Employer on Social Media?
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5 Steps to Follow After a Car Accident
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I Am Tired of Being Mistreated at Work: Can I Quit Then Sue?
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Should I Inform My Employer About My Disability?
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To Complain or Not to Complain – That Is the Question

I frequently receive calls from employees who are being harassed by their supervisors, and simply do not know what to do. Often times these victims of workplace abuse fear that if they go above their boss, and complain to someone higher up the chain of command or perhaps to someone in HR, their boss will…

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