Melora Garrison

Melora Garrison is a freelance writer and California lawyer with 15 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal courts. As an attorney at an international law firm, she represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of complex commercial disputes involving employment, unfair competition, antitrust, consumer fraud, class action, and product liability claims. She also represented underserved clients in pro bono matters focusing on gender-based violence and immigration. Melora received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her law degree from UCLA Law, where she was an editor for the UCLA Law Review.

Articles By Melora Garrison

Can Employers Cover Their Employees' Abortion-Related Travel Expenses?
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, a growing number of large companies have said they will cover travel and other expenses for employees who must leave their home states to get abortions.
Parental Leave in California: What Happens If I Don't Return to Work?
Legal issues to consider if you’re thinking of quitting your job when your parental leave is up.
Can My Employer Prohibit Me From Discussing My Pay With My Coworkers?
It has long been illegal for employers to ban their employees from discussing pay. Yet these workplace “gag rules” continue to thrive.
Federal Law Ends Forced Arbitration of Workplace Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Cases
Following a reckoning that began with the #MeToo movement, a federal law enacted on March 3, 2022 bans employers from requiring arbitration of workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault claims.
How to Get Workers' Compensation for an Injury at Work in 2022
Understanding the workers’ comp system and your right to benefits after a work-related injury.
Large Employer Vaccination Mandate: What You Need to Know
Update: On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision blocking this rule from taking effect. While employers can continue to impose their own vaccination mandates, they're not required to do so. Under a new rule issued by the federal government, all employers with 100 or more employees
Family and Medical Leave Laws in the District of Columbia
Employees in D.C. enjoy some of the most generous leave laws in the nation.
COVID-19 Vaccination and the Workplace: FAQs for Employers
Private-sector employers generally can require their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, as long as employers consider requests for exemption on disability or religious grounds.
Do I Have to Give Two Weeks' Notice Before Quitting a Job?
It’s long been the custom in the U.S. to give two weeks’ notice prior to leaving a job. But is it legally required?
Workers' Compensation Benefits for Federal Employees
Federal workers have their own workers’ comp system. Find out if you are eligible, what benefits are available, and how to apply for & get federal workers comp.