California Legislature Passes Historic Bill Expanding Family and Medical Leave Rights

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) is a state law which supplements the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The CFRA was recently amended (SB-1383 Unlawful employment practice: California Family Rights Act.) to cover many more employees. The updated law was just approved by the 2019–2020 legislature and when i...

EEOC Announces that a California Farm Settled a Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit for $300,000

The EEOC announced the settlement in July 2018. The EEOC had accused a farm manager of sexually harassing four female workers in the following ways: Leering at them Grabbing the female workers in their private areas Making comments that were sexual And forcing them to be touched and kissed – though thos...

New York Manufacturer Agrees to Settle an EEOC Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit for $93,000

Porous Materials, a New York manufacturer recently agreed to settle a case brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The federal agency’s lawsuit was based on charges or discrimination based on race, sex, and national origin. The lawsuit also included a claim for retaliation. The EEOC compl...

Automatic Liability for Businesses When Supervisors Commit Harass or Take Discriminatory Conduct against Employees

Liability for harassment by supervisors The EEOC states that, harassment is a pervasive employment problem. There are different types of harassment such as sexual harassment and racial harassment. Employers who commit harassment or who are responsible for the acts of the supervisors or workers can be found liable fo...

US District Judge Certifies USNWT Case as a Class Action Lawsuit

US District Judge Certifies USNWT Case as a Class Action Lawsuit In a strong ruling for the women players on the US national soccer team, Sports Illustrated reported on November 8, 2019 that the players’ lawsuit for pay equity would be certified as a class action. The judge also approved class representative statu...

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...

New Law Explains Employers Rights to Ask about Prior Criminal Convictions

New Laws for California Employees on Background Checks Forbes reported that effective January 2, 1029, California employers will have to comply with a new law called the California Fair Chance Act. The law requires that employers in both the private and public sector delay any background checks until the employer make...

Why Firing an Employee for Off-Duty Conduct May be Illegal

The San Diego Tribune reported in May 2018, that a local jury awarded a former employee nearly $18 million for wrongful termination. The jury found that the employer, Allstate, wrongfully fired the employee, Mr. Michael Tilkey, when it learned he was arrested for threatening his girlfriend – even though all the charg...