Jury Awards $3 Million to a School District’s Employees for Unlawful Retaliation AND An Editor Sues Associated Press for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Last Friday, a federal jury awarded over $3 million dollars to six current and former employees of a school district.  The employees’ main allegation was that they were demoted and their salaries were reduced as an act of retaliation by the board of trustees due to the employees’ political affiliation during a pri...

New OSHA Whistleblower Protection Rules and a $200,000 Judgment in a Retaliation Lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has been very busy this week issuing final rules regarding the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections as well as handing down a judgment requiring a bank to pay over $200,000 to a terminated whistleblower. Under the Dodd-F...

Worker Classification Cases Abound and the DOL Responds

Several more cases this week showed how worker (mis)classification remains a hot topic in the California employment law landscape.  One of the cases was settled for $295,000 when a class of trucking company driver managers brought claims that they were misclassified as exempt from overtime employees.  As opposed to m...

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...