My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: California
This question involves my sister in law. I know a lot of you guys don't like that, and would rather have them post questions, but she lives 3 hours away, does not have a computer and is very young and naive when it comes to things. So please just help me!
My sister in law started working at a pizza parlor when she was 16. She became the assistant manager once she turned 18 and has been the assistant manager until she took her maternity leave in November (doctors orders). She is now 20 years old.
During her pregnancy, she continued to work full-time and always made her appointments on her days off, etc. She was an excellent employee. The "right hand man" to the owner, runs the restaurant she works at (the owner owns 4 restaurant chains). The owner seems to put all the responsibility on this guy and makes jokes when my sister in law tries to talk to him about issues with the manager guy (the right hand man).
Throughout her pregnancy, the manager would make comments like: I want to punch you in the stomach, and the like. She didn't do anything about it legally, but did talk to the owner about these comments. The owner said that the manager was just making a joke. There were numerous times where the manager singled her out throughout her pregnancy. I urged her to document everything and to file a complaint against him, but she has yet to do it.
Now she is getting off her maternity leave and plans to attend school a few days a week. She told this manager (whom she must go through about her schedule when she returns) about all of this and he told her that if she goes to school, she will not have a job there. There are roughly 4 other employees at that restaurant that attend school and have their schedule modified to fit their school schedule.
Does my sister in law have anything to stand on? Basically her schedule is now more strict given she will be attending school in a few weeks. Are there any laws or directions you guys can give me so I can help her? (FYI: this restaurant is open 7 days a week, from 7am-10/11 pm... so there is plenty of time for her to work in her 40 hours a week).
Thanks you guys, and sorry it's so long!