Weekly Recap: Religious Discrimination Uptick Exemplified by $260,000 Settlement by Shipping and Trucking Company to Sikh Workers and $175,000 Settlement for Racial Discrimination of San Diego Cop

We report an uptick in the number of religious discrimination cases in California. An interesting settlement this past week personifies the type of narrow minded and outdated policies that some California companies persist in enforcing. The case involves several truck drivers working for a large shipping and trucking c...

Northern California Race Discrimination Update: Fresno’s Farmers Insurance Settles for $225K and Napa Valley’s Sutter Home Winery Faces Discrimination and Retaliation Allegations

The first case reported is instrumental for our Fresno based clients.  Here, Farmers Insurance Exchange agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.  The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and alleged that Farmers Insurance discriminated ag...

Police Department Settles with Two Female Police Officers in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Our sources report that two female police officers won a pregnancy discrimination case in federal court alleging that the city’s policy toward pregnant women violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (“PDA”) and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). The policy did not allow pregnant women t...

Lessons Learned from Recent Employment Disability Discrimination Cases against Sharp Healthcare and Home Depot

The first case presents an example of an applicant being discriminated against based on her disability even before starting to work.  On November 1, 2016, San Diego health system Sharp Healthcare paid $90,000 as part of a settlement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed the disability di...

Recent Employment Discrimination Claims against Investment Technology Company Wilshire Analytics and the U.S. Postal Service

Last week, our attorneys reported another interesting age, gender and race discrimination case in Los Angeles County. In this case, a former president of a reputable investment technology company called Wilshire Analytics sued her former employer and its founder, Chairman and CEO Dennis A. Tito alleging that she was te...

Election Season Brings Employment Discrimination to the Forefront and News Headlines

With the election season in full swing, one common topic that keeps making national headlines is Donald Trump’s alleged employment discrimination against women. For instance, there have been allegations that Trump only wanted the pretty young women for certain positions in his company. That is both sex discrimination...

New EEOC Guidance on Retaliation and New Law Combatting Age Discrimination in Hollywood

Recently, we received reports that a new bill in the California Senate has been approved. This Bill AB 1687 will prohibit age discrimination in Hollywood. Once the law takes effect, it will permit actors, actresses and directors to request that their ages and birthdates be removed from sites that include their informat...

New EEOC Guidance Will Undoubtedly Affect Equal Pay and Pregnancy Discrimination Litigation

It is our firm’s outlook that the second half of 2016 will expose many more equal pay violations in the workplace both nationally and in California. One of the reasons for that is earlier this June the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) presented new guidance documents addressing the equal employmen...

Slurs and Racial Jokes Cause $3.3 Million Dollar Liability and More National Origin Discrimination Actions in California

A recent case showed how slurs and nasty jokes in the workplace create $3.3 million dollars in liability for a company.  In the case, two former minority employees of a road marking company, Safety Marking, Inc., alleged that the company promoted, and discriminated, based on race and did not prevent an ongoing severe ...

Mocking Employees Places Wal-Mart in Hot Water After Charges of Disability Discrimination

An interesting case this week charges Wal-Mart with failing to prevent a hostile work environment and disability discrimination.  The former employee was a disabled forty-seven year old with cerebral palsy who had a long and proven track record of nineteen years working at Wal-Mart.  He even had a coach who trained h...