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….

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,…

201405.02
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Men Can Be Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In a common sexual harassment scenario, a male supervisor sexually harasses a female subordinate by making sexually explicit comments, touching her inappropriately, or engaging in other harassing behavior. But sexual harassment isn’t just a “women’s issue.” Men are frequently victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, and California and federal law protect men and women…

201404.25
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California Law Protects Victims of Same-Sex Sexual Harassment

It is a common misconception that sexual harassment in the workplace only occurs between men and women. In California, same-sex and opposite-sex sexual harassment are equally prohibited under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Government Code §12940 et seq. A recent case, Lewis v. City of Benicia, illustrates this point. The employee, Brian Lewis, was…

201312.03
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New Bill Clarifies Protections for Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Victims of sexual harassment in the workplace have gained greater protections thanks to a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year. Senate Bill 292 (“SB 292”) clarifies that for a harasser’s conduct to be considered “sexual harassment” under California law, the conduct does not need to be motivated by sexual desire. California’s Fair Employment and…

201303.20
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Pregnant Employees Entitled to Pregnancy Leave In Addition to General Disability Leave

California pregnancy leave laws are notoriously complex. Under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”), which is part of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), employees are entitled to up to four months of leave for pregnancy-related disabilities. If an employee’s pregnancy-related disability persists beyond four months, however, the law was previously unclear regarding whether…

201303.05
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New Amendments to FEHA Clarify Religious Accommodation Requirements

Recent amendments to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) provide clarity regarding an employer’s duty to provide religious accommodations to its employees. FEHA protects employees from discrimination and harassment based on religion, and requires employers to reasonably accommodate employees’ requests for religious accommodation unless such accommodation would cause “undue hardship” to the employer. Under…