Michael Newman

Michael Newman

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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“Familial Status” (Whatever That Means) May Become FEHA’s Newest Protected Category Under SB 404

California employers are well aware that legislators and regulators, both on the state and federal level, have been burning the candle at both ends to generate laws, regulations, and administrative actions designed to hedge...more

11/12/2013 - Compliance Discrimination Family Members FEHA Protected Class Termination

Why Employers Need To Keep Adequate Records

Here is a pattern that tends to repeat itself often in employment litigation. A disgruntled employee sues an employer for discrimination, harassment, or wrongful termination. A lawsuit is filed. And then, the attorney who...more

2/13/2013 - Attorney's Fees Burden of Proof Discrimination Harassment Recordkeeping Requirements Termination Wage and Hour

California Supreme Court Splits The Baby In Mixed-Motive Employment Discrimination Case

In Wynona Harris v. City of Santa Monica, decided on February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court addressed the following question...more

2/12/2013 - Discrimination FEHA Harris v City of Santa Monica Hiring & Firing Mixed Motive Cases Termination

No Disability Discrimination Where Employee Cannot Competently Perform Job, Ninth Circuit Holds

In Lawler v. Montblac North American LLC, the plaintiff, Cynthia Lawler, a store manager at a boutique retail store, was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Lawler initiated the action after Defendant employer terminated her...more

1/15/2013 - Disability Discrimination Discrimination FEHA Harassment Hiring & Firing Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Retaliation Termination

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