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Beyond Title III: Website Accessibility Lawsuits Filed Alleging Inaccessible Online Employment Applications

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs who pursued numerous web accessibility actions under Title III of the ADA are now using website accessibility to test the limits of a different area of law – employment law – California’s Fair...more

Employment Law Reporter April 2018: Summary of New Laws Affecting California Employers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The past year has been a busy one for passing employment-related legislation. Numerous new laws have gone into effect that impact how California employers manage and interact with their current, prospective, and former...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Prior Salary Cannot Justify Wage Differences

Enacted in 1963, the Equal Pay Act prohibits differential payments between male and female employees doing equal work except when made pursuant to a seniority system, a merit system, a system which measures earnings by...more

Medical Cannabis Users May Soon Be Protected Under FEHA – AB 2069

by Weintraub Tobin on

Assembly Bill (“AB”) 2069 was introduced by the California Assembly on February 7, 2018. Currently, California employers can deny employment or impose discipline on cannabis users, regardless of whether such use is for...more

California Federal Court Says Employers Need Not Approve Multiple Leaves of Absence Where an Employee was Totally Disabled and...

by FordHarrison on

The Southern District Court of California, in Ruiz v. ParadigmWorks Group, Inc., held that an employer was not at fault for failing to grant an employee’s request for multiple medical leaves of absence where the employee was...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2018

Former LA Times Columnist's Age/Disability Discrimination Judgment Upheld, New Trial On Damages Ordered - Simers v. Los Angeles Times Commc'ns, LLC, 18 Cal. App. 5th 1248 (2018) - T.J. Simers, a well-known sports...more

Protecting Your Religious Entity Exemption Under The FEHA While Complying With Other Laws

by Weintraub Tobin on

We all understand the common meaning of the word “employer.” In California, “employers” need to keep track of the various rules and regulations, all of which have their own definitions of the word. Most frequently, the...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2018

by Payne & Fears on

Rojas v. HSBC Card Services Inc., 228 Cal. Rptr. 3d 640 (2018)- Summary: Installing recording device and recording calls on company phones renders actions intentional under California Invasion of Privacy Act. ...more

Disclosure of Personal Information Leads to Employer and Supervisor Liability

In Delane Hurley v. California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, D070098 (February 21, 2018) plaintiff Hurley recovered damages for intentional and negligent infliction...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: January 2018

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases both involve jury trials of discrimination claims, and the extent to which the plaintiffs were able to recover attorney’s fees and damages....more

Your Comprehensive Guide to 2018 Proposed California Legislation

by Fisher Phillips on

February 16 was the deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature. By that date, nearly 2,200 bills were introduced. While that may seem like a staggering amount of legislative proposals (especially for a...more

Does Your Harassment Policy Meet These 12 Requirements

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When an employer gets sued for sexual harassment, the focus is not on what the alleged harasser did. It’s on what the employer did to provide its employees a harassment-free work environment. This includes both steps taken...more

Sexual Harassment Dominates California Legislation in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed back in January, sexual harassment appears to be the hot topic for the California State Legislature’s 2018 session. This is certainly not a surprise, as issues related to sexual harassment and the #MeToo...more

Employment Law - February 2018

Supreme Court Hits Pause on State Statutes of Limitation - Why it matters - Weighing in on the definition of “tolled,” the Supreme Court declared the time limit on state claims stops while federal claims are pending....more

Legislators Quick to Respond to #Metoo

Since Anita Hill’s testimony in the early 1990s, sexual harassment has become a familiar term. At the federal level, Title VII prohibits harassment, discrimination, and retaliation on the basis of sex and gender, among other...more

Obese Employees May Be Protected Under FEHA

In December 2017, the California Court of Appeal published a decision confirming obesity is a protected disability in California if it has a physiological cause. In Cornell v. Berkeley Tennis Club, 18 Cal. App. 5th 908...more

Our Ear In The Crowd: FEHC Hears Comments On New Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fair Employment and Housing Council issues regulations to implement California’s employment and housing anti-discrimination laws, including the FEHA, the CFRA, and the Unruh and Ralph Civil Rights Acts....more

Key California Employment Law Cases: December 2017

by Payne & Fears on

Lopez v. Routt, 17 Cal. App. 5th 1006, 225 Cal. Rptr. 3d 851 (2017) - Facts: Plaintiff sued her employer and supervisor for harassment in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). The matter...more

Employment Law - January 2018 #2

DOL Reissues Opinion Letters, Adopts ‘Primary Beneficiary’ FLSA Test - Why it matters - Reinforcing a shift in policy, the Department of Labor (DOL) reissued 17 opinion letters on a variety of topics under the Fair...more

Employee Denied Attorney’s Fees Despite Establishing that His Termination was Substantially Motivated by His Disabilities

In William Bustos v. Global P.E.T, Inc., et al. (Cal Ct. App., Dec. 22, 2017, No. E065869), William Bustos brought a disability discrimination action against his former employers, Global P.E.T., Inc. and Global Plastics, Inc....more

2018 Employment Law Updates

California employers will face a barrage of new restrictions and requirements in 2018. Moreover, the administrative agencies that are responsible for investigating violations of the employment laws and enforcing those laws...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2018

Trial Court Erroneously Granted Bill Cosby's Anti-SLAPP Motion - Dickinson v. Cosby, 17 Cal. App. 5th 655 (2017) - After Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations of rape against Bill Cosby, Cosby's attorney...more

California Employers: Know and Comply With New Laws Affecting Your Business in 2018

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following its pattern in recent years, in 2017 the California legislature enacted many new laws affecting California employers. The new laws address several topics, including: - Broader gender-related discrimination,...more

Workers’ Compensation, ADA/FEHA And FMLA/CFRA Oh My!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

One issue that consistently trips up employers is the interplay of laws for an employee with work-related medical issues. This is sometimes referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of workers’ compensation, ADA/FEHA (disability),...more

New Year, Same Accommodations…Employer Forced to Shell Out Millions for Failure to Accommodate Employee on Disability Leave

Accommodate - verb, to make suitable or consistent; adapt - This simple word, or the lack thereof, is costing a California non-profit, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP), a lot more than a broken New...more

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