Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit against Jimmy Choo and the Trends behind Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

This week our firm reported an onslaught of discrimination based lawsuits.  One of these was against the famous shoe maker company Jimmy Choo.  The Complaint was filed by its former sales associate, John Ornelas, after he was allegedly harassed by his supervisor and wrongfully discharged from the Beverly Hill’s Rod...

Background Check Policy Disproportionately Screens Out Minorities AND Associational Discrimination Violation under FEHA

A long running class action settled this week when the U.S. Census Bureau agreed to pay $15 million dollars and repair how it screens job applicants for census positions.  The main allegation was that the agency disproportionately screened minority applicants.  A non-monetary component of the settlement includes a ch...

California’s Most Prestigious Public University Has another Alleged Sexual Harassing Dean AND Yogi Founder Pays Dearly for His Improper Sexual Encounters

After review of recent cases, our Oakland-based Employment Law Attorneys report that the former dean of the University of California at Berkeley school of law, Sujit Choudhry, is being sued by his former executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, for sexual harassment and retaliation.  In her complaint, Ms. Sorrell claimed t...

Staples Appeals a Jury’s $13 Million Dollar Award in Age Discrimination Claim AND a $219 Million Dollar False Claims Act Trial Goes to Jury

This week, attorneys for Staples asked an appeals court to reduce a $13 million dollar punitive damages award to a former Staples manager who was terminated at age 64.  The former manager alleged that his age-based termination constituted age discrimination as it was part of a company-wide effort to get rid of older h...

Corporate Confidentiality Agreements Restrict Whistleblowing: Are they Legal?

KBR Corporation recently demanded that its employees not discuss pending investigations with outside parties such as government agencies or attorneys without consent of the company's attorneys. At least one government agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), said this violates whistleblower rights an...

Racial Preferences at a Nursing Home and a Transgender’s Workplace Discrimination Claim against Whole Foods

Earlier this week, a black nursing home supervisor brought her race discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In her case, Ms. Jill Crane alleged that the rehabilitation facility (Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital) that she worked at unlawfully honored a white family’s request not to be cared for by black ...