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 An interesting settlement this past week personifies the type of narrow minded and outdated policies that some California companies persist in enforcing.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...

Age Discrimination and Retaliation Verdict of $4.25M against Abbott Labs

Our attorneys report that last week a federal jury found that Abbott Labs, one of the largest health care companies in the world, violated its employee’s rights based on age discrimination and retaliation.  In turn, the jury awarded the victim $4.25 million after age discrimination was proven by a preponderance of t...

Protected Speech in Quicken Loans’ Workplace and the Creation of Hostile Work Environment Awards Choked Worker $7.4M

A recent case involved the termination of an employee after another employee overheard him swearing in the bathroom while discussing client matters.  Specifically, a Quicken Loans representative was speaking to another in the restroom when he was overheard by another employee who was in one of the stalls.  That emplo...

Another $1 Million for a Los Angeles Employee

Ms. Danielle Wells was a valued member of the Los Angeles Police Department for more than ten years, even being promoted to Sergeant during the time.  However, like all employees, Ms. Wells experienced complications related to her health which affected her ability to perform her duties at work.  During that time, Ms....

Does An Arbitration Agreement Affect Your Employee Rights?

You get hired for a job. Your new employer hands you a stack of papers to sign. Employment application, non-disclosure agreement, and all kinds of policies. You may or may not notice that one of the documents says something about giving up your rights to a jury trial and agreeing to resolve all disputes in binding arbi...

FAA Whistleblower Protection Program

Whistleblowers are an important part of our society. Today we will discuss a whistleblower protection program jointly operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This whistleblower protection program protects employees of a U.S. air carrier, th...

Increased EEOC Activity Against Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation

In recent weeks, we have seen substantial activity by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (“EEOC”) which brought claims against Hillshire Brands/Tyson Foods – formerly known as Sara Lee Corporation (“Tyson”), a leading supplier of prepared food products, and Columbine Management Services Inc., an ...

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...

Workplace Discrimination: 2015 Ushers in New Era of Age Violation

As Economy Forces Older Workers to Remain at Work, Workplace Discrimination Climbs: Recent Cases Involve Newport Beach Firefighters Suing their Department and a $26 Million Verdict to a Staples Facilities Manager Suing under Workplace Age Discrimination A recent workplace age discrimination lawsuit brought by ...

New National Origin Workplace Discrimination Law in 2015

Employers May Not Discriminate Against Undocumented Workers Who Lawfully Obtain California Driver's Licenses: Workplace Discrimination Effective January 1, 2015, the Safe and Responsible Driver Act will allow more than one million unauthorized immigrants in California to obtain a driver's license. AB 1660 amen...