Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni

Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni

Fenwick & West LLP

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Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2015

Waiting for and Undergoing Security Checks Not Compensable Time - The United States Supreme Court recently held in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk et al. that time spent waiting for and undergoing post-shift...more

1/13/2015 - Cell Phones Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates FLSA Integrity Staffing v Busk Labor Code NLRB Paid Leave Reimbursements SCOTUS Security Checks Sick Leave Wage and Hour Whistleblowers

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1522 (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014), which requires all California employers, large or small, to provide employees paid sick leave (with limited...more

9/19/2014 - Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2014

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave - On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1522 (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014), which requires all California employers,...more

9/18/2014 - Cell Phones Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Medical Examinations Mental Health New Legislation NLRB Paid Leave Reimbursements Sick Leave

Yelling At Employee And Throwing Book In Her Direction Not Sufficient To Support Hostile Work Environment Claim

In Brooks v. Grundmann, a federal court of appeals in the District of Columbia held that a manager’s conduct amounted to no more than “ordinary tribulations of the workplace” and was thus insufficient to support a minority...more

5/22/2014 - Appeals Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Hostile Environment Title VII Workplace Violence

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2014

EEOC Position Statement Comes Back to Bite Employer in Civil Lawsuit - In Kwan v. Andalex Group, LLC, the Second Circuit (covering New York, Connecticut and Vermont) considered the impact of prior inconsistent...more

1/15/2014 - ADEA Compliance Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Investigations McDonalds OWBPA Religious Discrimination Undue Hardship

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2013

As this FEB went to publication, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 292, which clarifies that sexual harassment claims under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act do not require a showing of sexual desire. The...more

8/16/2013 - Bereavement Leave Compliance Employer Liability Issues FEHA Harassment Internships Mediation New Legislation Sexual Harassment Sick Leave Termination Unpaid Interns

Fenwick Employment Brief: Employee Asked To Wear French Maid's Costume Not Sexual Harassment

In Westendorf v. West Coast Contractors of Nevada, Inc., the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a sexual harassment complaint, despite offensive comments made by plaintiff's supervisor and coworkers, including a request...more

4/19/2013 - Construction Workers Employer Liability Issues Protected Activity Retaliation Sexual Harassment

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