201603.29
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Jury Hits Employer with $3.3M For Condoning Racial Jokes and Slurs At Work

On March 17, 2016, two minority employees (a Sudanese Muslim and African-American) of a road marking company were awarded close to $3.4 million in damages against their former employer after finding the company refused to promote nonwhite workers and forced the minority employees to endure racial slurs and jokes.  Of the approximate $3.4 million in damages,…

201602.12
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Legal Woes of Valentine’s Day in the Workplace

On February 14, 2016, the day of romance is bestowed upon us. While the precise origins of Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, remain murky, February 14 has become synonymous with romantic love.  The day is celebrated with the exchange of candy, flowers, gifts and cards between loved ones. While love is in…

201412.17
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Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employees

The CalChamber Employment Law Counsel recently published a white paper, titled “An Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employers.” The white paper identifies some of the noteworthy new employment laws from the California Legislature.  The range of subject matters the new laws affect include: (1) Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Protections; (2) Leaves of Absence; (3) Wage…

201411.03
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Driver’s License Discrimination Is Unlawful

Effective January 1, 2015, AB 1660 will make it an unlawful practice under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) to discriminate against an individual for possessing a certain type of driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) to individuals that cannot establish that their presence in the United States is legal….

201410.24
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Effective January 1, 2015 “Abusive Conduct” in the Workplace Will Be Defined

In California, new legislative standards on “abusive conduct” under AB 2053 will become effective January 1, 2015. The law will require employers having 50 or more employees operating in California to include as part of the anti-harassment training to supervisors every two years (Gov. Code §12950.1) “prevention of abusive conduct” training.  “Abusive conduct” means “conduct of…

201410.23
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California Law Protects All Employees, Regardless of Immigration Status, From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation in the Workplace

By Jenna M. Rangel, Esq. Federal immigration law prohibits the employment of “unauthorized aliens” in the United States; but the reality is, there are over 1.85 million undocumented workers in the California workplace. That’s nearly 10% of the total workforce who, unfortunately, experience workplace violations to a higher degree than most. This is in part…

201406.17
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President Obama to Sign Executive Order Barring LGBT Discrimination

President Barack Obama will issue an executive order barring government contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according news reports issued on Monday, June 16, 2014. The order would build upon existing protections, which generally prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race,…

201405.16
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California Employment Laws Protect A Mother’s Right to Breastfeed

California law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed by ensuring nursing mothers have time and space to express breast milk at the workplace, and by prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of breastfeeding. Under California law, “every employer, including the state and any political subdivision, is required to provide a reasonable amount of time…

201405.12
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Supervisors Can Be Liable for Harassment and Retaliation

In California, employers aren’t the only ones who face liability for harassment, including sexual harassment, and retaliation in the workplace. Individual supervisors are also liable for their own harassment and retaliation against employees. The law regarding sexual harassment makes employers strictly liable for sexual harassment committed by a supervisor. Therefore, it is important for employers,…