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Moving to the Golden State? Just visiting? Or maybe you've been a California native all your life.

California has a rich legal history, and because of it, the state has a unique set of laws. So before you decide to join the Raider Nation and grab some In-N-Out on the way to the beach, check out these 10 laws you'll want to know if you're in California:

Angry and frustrated at your employer? Ready to make them pay by going to the public library and studying up on wage and hour laws? Hold on there, slick.

Before you go barreling into a legal bout with your boss over the overtime you weren't paid for and the unpaid time you were forced to work, try and consider all the ways an attorney could do it better.

For starters, here are five things a wage and hour lawyer can do that a non-lawyer probably can't:

A Colorado man who was fired for using medical marijuana is taking his case to the state's supreme court.

Brandon Coats, a former phone operator at Dish Network, was fired by the company after he tested positive for marijuana. Despite being a quadriplegic and a medical marijuana patient, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in April 2013 that despite state law, Dish Network could still fire Coats for having prescribed pot in his system.

Coats has appealed to Colorado's highest court. What arguments might the court need to consider?

It's long been a sad reality that "business as usual" for many hourly and low-wage workers meant getting shorted on overtime pay, getting paid for fewer hours than actually worked, and being forced to work through breaks.

However, an increasing number of workers have discovered a powerful tool for fighting back against being shortchanged by employers: a wage theft lawsuit. According to The New York Times, lawsuits seeking to recover wages illegally withheld from employees are increasingly paying off for employees of companies big and small.

What is wage theft, and how can you legally enforce your rights as an employee?

If your employer has violated federal or state employment laws, you may be owed back pay.

Back pay is typically the remedy for wage or hour violations, making up the difference between what an employee was actually paid and what he or she should have been paid.

How can you get your hands on back pay that may be owed to you? Here are a few general considerations:

For more than 100 years, Labor Day has been a federal holiday celebrating the role played by the American worker in shaping our nation's prosperity.

And though Labor Day remains the first Monday of every September, what have certainly changed over the last 100 years are the laws governing labor. From wage and hour rules to workplace safety regulations, employment law is constantly evolving.

To mark this year's Labor Day, here are five noteworthy changes to employment laws so far in 2014:

When you're dealing with a major medical problem, either yours or a loved one's, the last thing you want to worry about is work. Requesting FMLA leave can ensure that you're given unpaid time off and that your job is still waiting for you when you return, but you need to give proper notice.

So what do you need to do? Here's a quick legal overview of how to request FMLA leave from your employer:

Employers often prey on the naivete of employees when shorting them on pay, refusing benefits, or even firing them. An employment attorney can make sure that you're protected from any legal shenanigans your employer tries to pull, as well as clue you in to rights you didn't know you had.

Check out these five things an employment attorney can help you with, that you probably can't do on your own:

Filing for government unemployment insurance benefits can be a life saver when you lose your job and need to pay bills while you look for another one. But while collecting unemployment, are you allowed to go on vacation?

In exchange for unemployment benefits, you are bound to follow certain rules regarding what you need to do -- which typically includes looking for a new job -- as well as rules about what you shouldn't do, such as failing to report any earned income other than unemployment benefits.

So what about leaving town for a little rest and relaxation? Here are some general considerations:

For the first time in more than 30 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued new federal guidelines about workplace pregnancy discrimination.

The EEOC's new guidelines follow an increase in complaints of pregnant workers being discriminated against over the last decade, reports The New York Times. The guidance also comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a workplace pregnancy-discrimination case during its upcoming term in October.

So what do current and future moms need to know about the new guidelines?