Minimum Wage Increases Create Fresh Grounds for Lawsuits in California

Have you recently reviewed your paycheck to make sure your employer complied with the constantly increasing minimum wage? Aside from the current federal and state minimum wage rates of $7.25 and $9.00, respectively, local city minimums must also be followed. For example, we recently received notice that workers in sev...

Danz’ Weekly Five Employee Rights Law Update

In this segment of Danz' Weekly Five Employee Rights Law Update, we aim to provide our subscribers with a healthy dose of educational and timely information from recent cases or new laws. Enjoy. (1) Unpaid interns and volunteers are now considered employees when it comes to California's Fair Employment and Hou...

Percent of Retaliation Charges Filed w/ EEOC in 2014 Highest Ever

Keeping up with the trend of the last decade, retaliation charges continued to grow. In 2014, although workers filed the lowest number of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the actual percent of charges that were retaliation-based were 42.8% which was the highest ever ...

Will California Non-Discrimination Bill 1660 Conflict with Federal Law?

Assembly Bill 1660, sponsored by Assemblyman Alejo (D-Salinas) was signed into law by Governor Brown, signaling the end of the 2014 legislative session. The Bill gives protections from discrimination to immigrant workers that have heretofore been unseen in the United States. With the federal government and the...

Abercrombie & Fitch Continues its Policy of Discrimination, for now…

Abercrombie & Fitch is well known for its East Coast collegiate style of clothing. The company has come under fire in recent years because its CEO, Mike Jeffries went on a rant about his ideal customer in what has become known as his discriminatory fat-shaming. He only wants to see his clothes on the 'hot, co...

California employee rights expanded to include on-site employer

Employee rights in California have not always been clear about when an on-site employer (or customer of a contract/temp agency) is liable to you for unpaid wages or unsafe working conditions. When your temp agency underpays you (say denies you overtime because "it wasn't in our agreement with your on-site employer"), c...

DFEH Under Fire – Part 3

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing's new online system of complaint filing, known as HoudiniEsq came with more troubles than perhaps it was worth. Faced with budget cutbacks, investigator attrition, furlough days and a demand for increases in efficiency, DFEH's Director, Phyllis Cheng instituted the pr...

DFEH Under Fire – Continued Part 2

DFEH Director, Phyllis Cheng, recently announced changes to its system of discrimination complaint acceptance. Until several years ago, employees filing complaints, or people with housing discrimination issues called and spoke to an investigator or submitted their complaints in writing. Then the Department dr...

DFEH Under Fire

The mission statement of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is to "protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination and hate violence." As an added bonus apparently, Department Director Phyllis Cheng, will also throw in "avoiding whistleblower complaints." ...

A Look Back At Sexual Harassment Courtesy of Mad Men

Christina Hendricks is arguably one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood since her first appearance on AMC's Mad Men when it began in 2007.  The show is a prime example of the progress that has been made regarding sexual harassment in the workplace over the last few decades.  Though we still have a long way to...