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Workers’ Compensation Ruling Given Preclusive Effect In Discrimination Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Ly v. County of Fresno, the Court of Appeal held that correctional officers’ claims for race, ethnicity, and national origin discrimination were barred because the claims had been previously denied in...more

New California Law Raises the Stakes in Labor Commissioner Investigations and Whistleblower Suits

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 4, 2017, Governor Brown signed SB 306 into law. The new statute, which was sponsored by the California Labor Federation, significantly expands the California Labor Commissioner’s power to investigate retaliation...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2017

Jobseeker Website May Be Compelled To Disclose Identity Of Anonymous Posters Who Criticized Employer - ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does 1-7, 13 Cal. App. 5th 603 (2017) - ZL Technologies brought suit, alleging libel per se and...more

Court Uses Novel Issue Certification Device To Sidestep Individualized Issues Otherwise Precluding Class Certification

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A group of female truck drivers sued their employer for policies allegedly resulting in a hostile work environment for and retaliation against women who complained of sexual harassment on the job. Under...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

The Customer Is (Not) Always Right: An Employer's Duty to Protect

by Lewitt Hackman on

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and in this political climate, it seems as though more people are comfortable voicing those opinions, even if they may offend someone. Although free speech is a primary pillar of...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

New Year's Resolution for California Employers: Know New Laws Affecting Your Business in 2017

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The California legislature enacted many new laws in 2016 affecting California employers, many of which are summarized below. All employers with operations in California should be aware of these new laws and consult with...more

Opposing Employer Actions Directed at General Public Not Protected Activity

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An employee who expresses opposition to an employer’s policies and practices that affect members of the general public is not engaging in an activity that FEHA protects, because the activity is not opposing...more

Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

by FordHarrison on

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in...more

Employer Policy Failure Precludes Summary Judgment on Discrimination Claim

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California Court of Appeal reverses a summary judgment for an employer that failed to follow its own policy regarding layoffs. Moore v. Regents of the University of California serves as a reminder to...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

Connection to Someone With a Disability is Nearly Identical to an Actual Disability

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As disability discrimination and accommodation claims continue to rise across the country, an appellate court in California may have just helped significantly expand such claims in the future by finding that an employee can...more

Post that policy: California FEHA amended regs take effect April 1, 2016

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On April 1, 2016, amended regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act will take effect. Any employers with employees in California should make sure they are in compliance with the new regulations...more

Amended California FEHA Regulations (Effective April 1, 2016)

by Morgan Lewis on

All employers with employees in California should carefully review harassment, discrimination, and retaliation policies and practices to ensure compliance with amended FEHA regulations. New Requirements for a Written...more

Employment Law - February 2016

In Equal Pay Push, EEOC to Collect Pay Data From Employers - Why it matters - On the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Barack Obama announced that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Employment Law - November 2015 #2

California Supreme Court to Consider "Day of Rest" Law: Why it matters - The California Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the number of consecutive days an employee may legally work without running afoul of...more

Firefighter’s Twelve Year Court Battle Over Racial Discrimination Ends in Reversal of His Million Dollar Judgment

In Jabari Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles (Ct. of Appeal B255763), published November 10, 2015, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District ended 12 years of see-saw litigation, ruling that the racial discrimination...more

2015 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

October 11, 2015, was Governor Brown’s last day to sign bills the California Legislature presented to him following the first year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. Below is a summary of what did and did not make Governor...more

Employment Law - September 2015

From the California Legislature: New Employment Laws, Bills Set for Signature: Why it matters - The California Legislature has been busy with employment-related bills, passing measures to provide additional...more

California Amends FEHA, Protecting Accommodation Requests

On July 16, 2015, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), adding protections for workers who request accommodations for disabilities or religious...more

New California Law Expands Retaliation Coverage

by Fisher Phillips on

Employees Requesting Accommodation Are Now Protected - On July 16, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law AB 987, amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to reflect what many already believed to be...more

Governor Signs Assembly Bill No. 987 – Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation is Protected Activity under FEHA

by Weintraub Tobin on

This bill was in direct response to the decision in Rope v. Auto-Clor System of Washington, Inc. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 635 (2013), which found that an employee who merely makes a request for an accommodation does not engage...more

Worker’s Failure to Perform His Job Duties Satisfactorily Dooms FEHA Retaliation Claim

Manner v. Intevac, Inc., No. H038979 (January 2, 2015): The California Court of Appeal recently upheld a trial court’s granting of summary judgment of a former employee’s claims of retaliation in violation of the Fair...more

Undocumented Workers May Pursue Claims Under California’s FEHA, So Says The California Supreme Court

On June 26, 2014, in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Supreme Court held that undocumented immigrants who fraudulently obtained employment still may pursue retaliation and discrimination claims under the...more

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