What is the Law Regarding Employment in Santa Monica?
Employment law refers to the body of laws in Santa Monica that govern employees, employers, and independent contractors. Employment issues that are regulated by these laws include hiring policies, wage amounts, and termination procedures. Employers and their employees alike should be knowledgeable of Santa Monica employment laws.
"At-Will" vs. Contract Employment Terms
Sometimes an employment contract is used that sets a specific length of employment, but most of the times employment is considered to be on an "at-will" basis. "At-will" employment implies that either the employer or employee may end the job at any time for any reason, so long as it is not illegal to do so In the instance that the employer and employee have an employment contract, regulations from both the state and federal government will apply to the city of Santa Monica
Anti-Discrimination laws in Santa Monica
Laws which make discrimination illegal at all stages of employment including hiring, wages, and termination policies, all apply to Santa Monica citizens. Santa Monica residents must follow laws which prohibit employer discrimination against members of various classes. These classes include age, gender, race, religion, disability, and national origin.
Employment discrimination claims are often heard by an administrative agency like the EEOC. Additionally, some attorneys are specialists in the discrimination field.