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Don't let fear prevent you from filing for workers' compensation

If you suffered an injury on the job in the Los Angeles area and you are covered by workers' compensation, you should know that the law protects your right to claim work comp benefits. However, some workers do not file for workers' compensation benefits because they fear their employer will retaliate against them. However, the law also protects you from employer retaliation, and you cannot be fired from your job for filing a legitimate workers' compensation claim.

There are many reasons why it is in your best interest to move forward with your claim. Although it can seem overwhelming at first, there are resources to assist you, such as an employment law attorney. The important thing to know is that you are not alone. 

How discrimination can play a role in denying promotions

Many companies try to be at least semi-proactive when it comes to hiring a diverse workforce and training managers and supervisors to avoid harassment, discrimination and the like. However, companies tend not notice the bigger picture about such issues. For example, they may not have a proactive strategy to ensure that deserving employees get promotions (or pay raises) regardless of their gender, disability, race or other protected class.

Why? It could be that the companies think as long as they hire a diverse set of employees, everything is fine. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong much of the time.

Why sexual harassment is so common in restaurants

If you reside in California and make your living working in a restaurant, you are in good company. For many, restaurants offer flexible hours, opportunities for advancement and other perks, but, as is the case with most industries, there is also a downside.

According to USA Today, restaurants and food service environments are hotbeds for sexual harassment. So much so, in fact, that more sexual harassment claims filed within a recent 10-year period came from the restaurant and food service sector than from any other industry. Additionally, sexual harassment claims filed by restaurant and food service workers accounted for 14 percent of all sexual harassment claims filed in the U.S. between 2005 and 2015. Just what is it about restaurant and hospitality environment that make sexual harassment so prevalent?

3 ways to help your friend after a car accident

When you hear that your friend is in a car accident, you probably have a lot of questions. While hearing this news may be stressful and concerning, imagine how traumatizing it is for your friend. You probably have a strong desire to help but you may not be sure how to do it.

There are some easy things you can do to be a supportive friend after a motor vehicle crash. Follow these steps to comfort and assist your friend after a car collision injury.

Does your neighbor have an attractive nuisance?

You may consider your neighbor's nuisances at times, especially if they throw loud parties or park in front of your house. However, there is a legal term called an "attractive nuisance," and it involves something that is potentially dangerous on personal property. You and other Californians who have children should understand homeowner responsibilities regarding attractive nuisances.

Perhaps your neighbor has a swimming pool, which can be enticing to children during the hot summer months. He or she might keep the keys in a riding lawn mower parked at the side of the house, which can be irresistible to kids. Temptations that may lure them to explore a neighbor's property include such treasures as a fountain, well, garbage pit, drainage tunnel or power tools. Even a derelict garden shed or a dog in the backyard can be too interesting for kids to resist.

Are you a victim of wage theft in California?

One of the most common types of workplace employment law violations is wage theft. In California, this is a serious issue that many employees have to deal with, and that many may not even know they are victims of.

If you are a low-wage worker in Los Angeles, your chances of being a victim of wage theft are higher than average. Learn more about wage theft so you can better understand what it is and how to protect yourself and fight back if you ever become a victim.

Dangers of working on or near scaffolding

Construction is an undeniably dangerous industry, and as someone who makes a living working on a construction site, you face unique on-the-job hazards. These hazards can come from faulty equipment, unsafe working conditions, working with electricity and more. Scaffolding is notoriously dangerous, resulting in many construction worker injuries across California and the nation every year.

Many scaffolding-related injuries result from similar circumstances and situations, so recognizing where your risks lie is your first line of defense against scaffold-related accidents. If you make your living as an erector, dismantler or other type of professional who relies on scaffolds, know that your injury risks include the following:

Understanding social host liability

As a California parent with teenaged children, you may have allowed your child to attend a friend's party or two, or even hosted a party in your own home. While it is true that having the kids at your house keeps your teenagers safe from driving home afterward, you should think twice before allowing underage kids to drink alcoholic beverages at your home. California has a social host liability law that holds you responsible if any of them becomes drunk and injures himself, herself or anyone else during or after the party.

How race and ethnicity play a role in misdiagnosis

One of the ways a medical provider can commit malpractice is through misdiagnosis, which can include delaying, completely missing, or giving a wrong diagnosis. Misdiagnosis is a common form of medical error and a leading cause of death.

As if these numbers were not troubling enough, the rates are even higher among minorities. Unfortunately, it appears that race and ethnicity affects the rate of misdiagnosis.

Lesser known places where premises liability accidents happen

Premises liability cases entail sustaining an injury on public property, or private property you have a legal right to be on, due to the owner's negligence. Accidents can be the result of lack of maintenance, improper construction, obstructions, poor security measures or other dangerous conditions.

Common accidents are slips, trips-and fall- in supermarkets, retail stores and other commercial buildings, often from wet floors or loose inventory. However, these are not the only places you should exercise caution. Hazards are all around you, including these locations:

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