Every employer strives to maintain a safe and productive work environment, no matter if you are a small technology startup or a manufacturer with 500 employees. Part of this goal may involve a policy that prohibits employees from being under the influence of alcohol while at work or in the course of their duties.
The Family and Medical Leave Act -- and in California, the California Family Rights Act -- are in place to protect workers’ jobs when they have to take time off to handle family or medical issues that arise. Although workers are not paid when they are on leave, they do not have to fear losing their jobs or being demoted when they return to work.
If you are an employee who is under investigation for alleged misconduct or for reportedly harassing another employee, you may feel like your employer is simply out to get you. While this may not always be the case, it is natural for an employee under the microscope to want to discuss it among his or her peers.