The Rancho Santiago Community College District learned the hard way that disability accommodations required the district to extend an employee’s probationary period. In Hernandez v. Rancho Santiago Community College Dist. an administrative assistant sued her employer for failing to accommodate her disability. Hernandez worked for defendant Rancho Santiago Community College District on and off for a number […]
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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. […]
I recently had the opportunity to advise several clients—both employers and employees—regarding their rights and obligations when it comes to a disability accommodation. It is an area that is frequently misunderstood. It’s no wonder so many employers make correct disability accommodations for employees with disabilities. The following two published cases are good examples of how […]
A California court recently reaffirmed that the inability to work under a particular supervisor because of anxiety and stress related to the supervisor’s standard oversight of job performance—is not a disability recognized under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA; Gov. Code, § 12900 et seq.). Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical assistant for Sutter Medical Foundation’s Shared […]
Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wallace brought a disability discrimination case against the County of Stanislaus (County) under FEHA (Government Code section 12940) after the County removed him from his job as bailiff and placed him on an unpaid leave of absence. Wallace wanted to continue doing his job, but the County believed Wallace could not safely […]
Although Timothy Mayo was diagnosed in 1999 with major depressive disorder, medication and treatment enabled him to work for CC Structurals, Inc. without significant incident for many years. In 2010, however Mayo and some co- workers began to have issues with a supervisor who they claimed was bullying them and making work life miserable. In […]
I am excited to be moderating a presentation hosted by the Santa Clara County Bar Association regarding using technology to enhance your case. Lisa Peck and Lisa Mak will be the presenters. The presentation is scheduled for Nov 18th at 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the SCCBA’s conference center, but you can also attend online. The […]
New employment laws for California in 2020.
“On-call” time may be compensable in some instance, and not compensable in others. It has to whether you are “engaged to wait,” or “waiting to be engaged.” They may sound the same, but one is compensable and the other is not. In Ward v. Tilly’s, Inc., the court had to decide whether the company’s call-in […]
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