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,…

201601.04
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New California Employment Laws for 2016

Along with New Year resolutions, 2016 brings us a host of new laws affecting the employment arena. Here is a short summary of a few of these new laws: Minimum Wage Increase:  Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California is increasing to $10 per hour. Employment Discrimination: Effective January 1, 2016, AB 987…

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…

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,…

201401.06
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New California Employment Laws for 2014

A host of new employment laws take effect in 2014, many of which went into effect on January 1, 2014. Below is a summary of a few of the new laws affecting the employment arena in 2014. Sexual Harassment Definition SB 292 amends the definition of harassment to clarify that sexually harassing conduct does not…

201311.08
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Victory for LGBT Workers as U.S. Senate Passes Federal Ban on Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

In a victory for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) workers, the U.S. Senate approved a bill on Thursday which would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) would prohibit employers from firing, discriminating against, or refusing to hire employees or job applicants on the basis of…