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Retaliation Claims Get Stronger

Governor Brown just signed SB-306, which significantly strengthens retaliation claims. Employers cannot discharge, discriminate, retaliate, or take adverse action against employees because they engaged in specified protected conduct. Aggrieved employees can seek reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits. Employees can file claims with the Labor Commissioner or pursue a case in court. Retaliation […]


HR Director Can Sue When Fired for Retaliation

  The FLSA provides that it is unlawful for an employer to: “discharge or in any other manner discriminate against any employee because such employee has filed any complaint or instituted or caused to be instituted any proceeding under or related to this chapter, or has testified or is about to testify in any such […]


$2.6 Million Anti-Harassment Lesson

Beverly Fabrics, Inc. received a harsh lesson in the importance of effective anti-harassment policies and procedures. A Santa Cruz jury awarded Cole Hudson, a former Beverly Fabrics truck driver, $2,600,000 in damages for Beverly’s failure to prevent and correct alleged harassment and retaliation. Represented by local employment attorney Lisa Peck, the month-long trial ended in […]


New Sexual Harassment Protection for Legislative Staff

AB403 Protects Legislative Staff from Sexual Harassment Retaliation Employers cannot retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activity. This includes reporting or participating in an investigation regarding sexual harassment, health and safety issues, patient safety, and other violations of the law. Governor Brown signed AB403 extending similar protections to legislative employees. I suspect AB403 found […]


New DFEH E-Filing System Launched

New DFEH E-Filing System California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing is rolling out a new DFEH e-filing system on Tuesday November 21, 2017. The new online case filing and case management system is called the Cal Civil Rights System (CCRS). It replaces the Houdini case filing system, which goes away as of 6 p.m. […]


New Employment Laws for 2017

Once again the California Legislature has been hard at work passing new employment laws. The following is the “final” list of bills signed by the governor. All bills will take effect on January 1, 2018, unless otherwise specified in the bill. Many of the bills are only applicable to specific industries. Others apply to all […]


Expensive Disability Accommodation Lesson

Caltrans in Nevada County learned the hard way that you cannot ignore an employee disability accommodation requests. More importantly, you can’t retaliate against an employee for requesting an accommodation. An article in the Sacramento Bee provides many of the details. I’ve written several articles regarding the importance of proper accommodation policies and procedures in the workplace. […]


EEOC Sues Over Employee Post on

EEOC Sues IXL Learning Inc. for Retaliating Against Employee Who Posted Negative Comments on The EEOC announced that it filed a lawsuit against IXL Learning Inc. for allegedly violating federal law. According to the EEOC, IXL retaliated against an employee for accusing the company of discriminatory practices on  The employer allegedly fired an employee within minutes […]


New Anti-Harassment Regulations

New Anti-Harassment Regulations In Effect Effective April 2016, the Fair Employment and Housing Commission adopted new regulations regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers have an affirmative duty to create a workplace environment that is free from sexual harassment and other employment practices prohibited by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. The new anti-harassment regulations […]


I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember the life and assassination of a great leader, I thought it poignant to recall Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. His words are an inspiration, and a reminder that although we’ve made great progress toward equality, we […]