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UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – APRIL 2016

TREATED AS HAVING A DISABILITY IN ORDER TO DISCRIMINATE In Wallace v. County of Stanislaus, plaintiff was a sheriff’s deputy who sued the County of Stanislaus (the “County”) for disability discrimination after he was placed on unpaid leave of absence.  The County argued that plaintiff could not safely perform his duties as a bailiff with […]

LITIGATION UPDATES – APRIL 2016

Berkeley Law School Dean Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Claims The Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law stepped down after his former executive assistant sued him in California state court on sexual harassment claims.  In her lawsuit, plaintiff claimed that the Dean gave her unwelcome bear hugs, kisses on the cheek […]

LITIGATION UPDATES – MARCH 2016

O’Bannon Takes Student-Athlete Pay Case To High Court Former student-athletes asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their antitrust suit against the NCAA over compensation for the use of their images and likenesses, challenging a circuit ruling that found the student-athletes did not have to be paid beyond the cost of attending college. CA […]

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – MARCH 2016

NEW EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYER HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND RETALIATION PREVENTION POLICIES Effective April 1, 2016, employers must comply with a new California law relating to employer harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention policies.  The new regulation mandates specific procedures for compliance with an employer’s statutory duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct […]

JANUARY 2016 – NEW YEAR – NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS

Erica Sorosky, a Partner in the Business Litigation Group, outlines just some of the more relevant new and amended legislation for 2016: SB 358: Equal Pay Act Employers are prohibited from paying employees at wage rates less than those paid to employees of the opposite sex for “substantially similar work,” which is now to be […]

LITIGATION UPDATES – DECEMBER 2015

Ninth Circuit OK’s Facebook Putting User’s Kids In Its Ads The Ninth Circuit affirmed Friday that Facebook can use underage users’ likenesses in ads, ruling against a group of minors who claimed that their proposed class action should be revived because they couldn’t have legally entered into a contract with the social media giant given […]

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – DECEMBER 2015

Continuing Violation Doctrine In Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles, plaintiff sued the City of Los Angeles for alleged disparate impact and disparate treatment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on his race.  Plaintiff alleged that adverse employment actions were taken against him in June 1999 and April 2011 when he was suspended from work.  Plaintiff […]

LITIGATION UPDATES – NOVEMBER 2015

Cisco Gets $37 Million Judgment In Counterfeit Goods Suit Cisco Systems Inc. won a $37 million judgment in California federal court in its suit against a San Jose business it claims knowingly bought counterfeit or stolen Cisco merchandise, altered the serial numbers and then resold to its customers. T-Mobile To Settle Phone Insurance Suit for […]

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – NOVEMBER 2015

Police Investigation Disrupts Work In Cardenas v. M. Fanaian, DDS, Inc. the plaintiff was a former employee of defendant.  Plaintiff was terminated after filing a report with the police when her wedding ring was stolen at work.  Defendant terminated her because he claimed that the police investigation disrupted her work.  Plaintiff sued defendant for violation […]

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – OCTOBER 2015

Arbitration of Employment Claims. The California legislature recently passed AB 465, which is a bill that prohibits employers from requiring employees to agree to arbitrate employment claims as a condition of their employment.  Other provisions of AB 465 include: 1) requiring employers to prove that arbitration was entered into voluntarily; 2) prohibiting employers from threatening, […]

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