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...

New Updates on Accommodation, Retaliation, and California’s Family Rights Act

In this segment of ‘Weekly Employee Rights Update’, we aim to provide our employee subscribers with timely educational information from recent cases and laws. New Workplace Protection to Employees Requesting Accommodation: Last week, the California Assembly finalized its review of a bill that will revise portio...

Employee Rights Update: Medical Leave and Outside Employment

Imagine the following scenario: You are working for a company. Before you were hired, you signed an agreement in which you agreed to submit any disputes arising out of your employment to arbitration. You also received an employment manual that explicitly stated that you could not hold outside employment while out...

In 2015, Employee Rights Expand by California Family Rights Act

In 2015, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council will provide employees with additional workplace discrimination protections under the California Family Rights Act ("CFRA"). The CFRA is California's version of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), and offers expanded employee rights. See t...