Supreme Court Invalidates Class Action Lawsuit on the Basis It Wasn’t Expressly Authorized

The trend of the US Supreme Court to make it harder for consumers and employers accountable continued with a 5-4 decision in the case of Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela. More and more the Supreme Court, according to Slate Magazine, which reported on the Lamps Plus, Inc. case, is favoring employers who draft employment contr...

New Ninth Circuit Ruling Applies Dynamex Decision Retroactively – Making It Hard to Say Workers aren’t Employees

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 2, 2019, that the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision can be applied retroactively. Dynamex changed the rules in the new gig economy – the sector of the economy that uses apps to help drive business while giving workers flexible hours. Both the Dynamex decision and...

Fashion Retailer To Pay $3.5M To Button Up EEOC Probe

Cato Corporation, a Seller of Women’s Fashions, Agrees to $3.5 Million Payment of EEOC Investigation The EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced that Cato Corporation was settling EEOC allegations for millions. The settlement resolves charges that Cato mistreated pregnant employees and mistr...

California Employees Leaves of Absence, Transfers, Telecommuting and Mental Health Issues

What California Employees Should Know about Workplace Accommodation in 2018: Leaves of Absence, Transfers, Telecommuting and Mental Health Issues By: Steve Danz, Esq. What is the status of workplace accommodation in California courts? California workplace accommodation was a hot area for litigation in 2017; a tren...

What California Employees Should Know about Workplace Accommodation in 2018

What California Employees Should Know about Workplace Accommodation in 2018: Reasonable Accommodation vs. Undue Hardship By: Steve Danz, Esq. How do the courts interpret “undue hardship” to employers in exemption from the ADA? In an interesting recent case, an employee who was a computer graphics designer for ...

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: The Problem with Reporting it to HR As all of us at Stephen Danz & Associates look forward to 2018, with new employment laws, rules and priorities. A few yellow flags and warnings follow. This is important reading for anyone facing sexual harassment by a boss, co worker or eve...

Appeal of a Seven Million Dollar Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination Verdict against Yoga Master Bikram Choudhury Dismissed

Las year Minakshi Jafa-Bodden obtained a near $7 million verdict against Bikram Choudhury. Ms. Jafa-Boden was in the in-house counsel for the yoga guru. Ms. Jafa-Bodden brought the lawsuit in 2013 claiming that the guru repeatedly harassed women at work including herself. She claimed students massaged her and asked to ...

San Jose California Approves Landmark Opportunity to Employment Law

A new employment law was approved in November, 2016 that addresses a serious unemployment problem in San Jose. The law is likely to be a model for other laws across California and the nation. Already there is a state initiative in place. The law was enacted with the support of many San Jose civic organizations, poli...