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Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees

By Bonnie G. Bogue, Carol Vendrillo and Liz Joffe
Updated by Michael A. McGill

4th Edition, 2016

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In concise and understandable language, this guide explains the many rights afforded public employees in California — state, local government, school, public safety, court employees, and in-home service workers — and in the federal workforce. It provides an overview of their rights under the United States and California constitutions and by various statutes, and explains how to enforce them.

Part I covers public employees' personal rights, such as free speech, equal protection, due process, privacy, and protections against wrongful termination or discipline, improper layoffs, and discrimination. Statutory rights provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, the federal and state whistle blower protection acts, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act are explained. Part II focuses on the rights of employees who work where there is a union, such as the right to be represented by an employee organization and the duties of the organization owed to the employee. The various public sector employment relations statutes governing California public employees are discussed.

The new edition updates readers in the developing case law, and in the statutory and regulatory changes in each area.


Table of Contents

Preface 1
Part I: Individual Rights3
    1. Wrongful Termination or Discipline5
    2. Due Process 22
    3. Employment Discrimination and Harassment 33
    4. Privacy and Drug Testing 50
    5. Personnel Files 59
    6. Public Safety Officers Bill of Rights Act 72
    7. First Amendment 81
    8. Whistleblower Protection 94
    9. Disability Rights 102
    10. Family and Medical Care Leave 112
    11. Layoffs and Reductions in Force 124
Part II: Employee Representation Rights 133
    Introduction 133
    12. Protected Activities 140
    13. Right to Union Representation 153
    14. Self-Representation 159
    15. Duty of Fair Representation 166
    16. Organizational Security Arrangements 177
Table of Cases 191
Index of Terms 206