Workplace Retaliation Ruling Nets a Nurse $115,000 After Doctor’s Crude Conduct

After a nurse sued for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, and retaliation, she received $115,000 this week and may even get an additional $84,000 on top of that.  The nurse was an instructor at a hospital who alleged that the medical director, Dr. Craig Manifold, used vulgar langauge and stated that if she and ...

California’s Most Prestigious Public University Has another Alleged Sexual Harassing Dean AND Yogi Founder Pays Dearly for His Improper Sexual Encounters

After review of recent cases, our Oakland-based Employment Law Attorneys report that the former dean of the University of California at Berkeley school of law, Sujit Choudhry, is being sued by his former executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, for sexual harassment and retaliation.  In her complaint, Ms. Sorrell claimed t...

Racial Preferences at a Nursing Home and a Transgender’s Workplace Discrimination Claim against Whole Foods

Earlier this week, a black nursing home supervisor brought her race discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In her case, Ms. Jill Crane alleged that the rehabilitation facility (Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital) that she worked at unlawfully honored a white family’s request not to be cared for by black ...

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 ...

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...

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...

California’s Equal Pay Act Put to the Test, and Sexual Discrimination Against Bikram’s Choudhury

This past week we saw several cases of employers who not only discriminated against their employees but also retaliated against them after the employees complained.  Classic cases with a new spin helping workers against companies that placed them in hostile work environments. Once interesting case reported by our ...

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 ...