New National Origin Workplace Discrimination Law in 2015

Employers May Not Discriminate Against Undocumented Workers Who Lawfully Obtain California Driver's Licenses: Workplace Discrimination Effective January 1, 2015, the Safe and Responsible Driver Act will allow more than one million unauthorized immigrants in California to obtain a driver's license. AB 1660 amen...

Ex-Sony employees file class-action suit for breach of privacy

The hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s emails and other data shortly before it was to release the satirical movie “The Interview” has been at the top of the headlines for weeks now. Much of the coverage has focused on what producers and executives at Sony were saying about various celebrities behind c...

Sexual Harassment: Basics, Abusive Conduct, & Retaliation

Basics of Sexual Harassment Law in California Current law in California makes certain employment practices unlawful. These illegal practices include the sexual harassment of an employee directly by the employer or indirectly by agents of the employer with the employer's knowledge. The law requires employers t...

Is Your Whistleblower Case a Slam Dunk? Include Specifics (Pt. 2)

Any whistleblower who plans on bringing a False Claims Act (aka Qui Tam) law suit should understand that his or her state also has its own False Claims Act statute. If states (such like California) have similar enough statutes to the federal False Claims Act when it comes to liability, effectiveness, and penalty ...

Is Your Whistleblower Case a Slam Dunk? Include Specifics (Pt. 1)

On Monday, December 15, 2014, a California federal court judge dismissed a False Claims Act ("FCA") whistleblower law suit because the plaintiff (or as referred to as a relator in FCA cases) did not adequately specify the government contracts the defendant allegedly violated. In this law suit, a UPS worker allege...

Ex-Zillow employee says she was victim of ‘frat house’ harassment

It can be troubling to hear that a California business that appears to be professional from the outside is, in fact, an “adult frat house” where sexual harassment of female employees is commonplace. Of course, worse still would be to have been the victim of such treatment at work. Online real estate databa...

Have You Been Discriminated Against By Your Employer Due to Your Pregnancy? U.S. Supreme Court is Currently Debating a Case with Enormous Consequences to Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

The main federal law protecting expecting parents is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act ("PDA"). Enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, PDA prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Discriminatory action may come in the form of hiring (or non-hir...

Starting with the New Year, Temporary Workers Have Expanded Rights: California Employers Will Now Be Liable for Staffing Agencies’ Labor Code Violations.

The passage of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") back in March of 2010 created an environment where employers sought to reduce the number of permanent full time employees and seek out temporary labor. This is due to the ACA's insurance requirement for employers with a certain number of employees who work longer tha...

Are You a Victim of Retaliation for Raising an Issue with Your Employer or a Government Agency? California Has Recently Strengthened Its Protection of Your Rights.

Many individuals in today's workplace may experience illegal retaliation. In years past, many victims of retaliation had no help from the government or the courts. More recently, that long-awaited protection has surfaced in the form of heavy-handed Labor Code legislation and a pattern of employee-friendly court r...

How the Expansion of Whistleblower Protection Legislation is Impacting Qui Tam Litigation in California’s Health Care Industry

Despite, and possibly because of, the federal government's extensive history developing and implementing a complex web of protections for whistleblowers, California has long been deficient in fortifying its own legislation. No longer dependent solely on such federal legislation such as Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley,...