Category Archives: Discrimination

New CA Case Holds That Employer Should Have Accommodated Employee’s Scheduling Needs So That He Could Care For His Disabled Son

Does an employer need to reasonably accommodate an employee’s shift scheduling requirements to enable the employee to tend to the medical needs of his son?  The court in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 2 Cal. App. 5th 1028 (Aug. … Continue reading

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New Regulations Require Most CA Employers to Update their Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies by April 1st

The California agency tasked with enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation laws, the Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH), has recently implemented new regulations that will require California employers with five or more employees to revise their workplace … Continue reading

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Jury Awards Fired Pregnant Worker Nearly $185 Million

Plaintiff Rosario Juarez sued her former employer, AutoZone Stores Inc., for demoting her and ultimately terminating her after she announced her pregnancy in 2005.  According to Juarez, when she informed her district manager that she was expecting, the manager responding … Continue reading

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Jury Awards $240 Million in Disability Discrimination Case Involving Severe Abuse of Workers with Intellectual Disabilities

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its largest jury verdict in the federal agency’s history–$240 million–in a case in which an Iowa jury found Hill County Farms liable for subjecting 32 men with intellectual disabilities to substantial abuse and … Continue reading

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California Court Reaffirms Employers’ Obligations to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

In Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., — Cal. App. — (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Feb. 21, 2013), the California Court of Appeals for the Second District held that California employers’ obligations as to employees requiring medical leaves of absence caused by … Continue reading

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In Wake of Harris, Jury Awards $21.7 Million to Disabled Employee in Discrimination Case

Despite the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v. City of Santa Monica, discussed in detail here, in which the Court stated that plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases must prove discrimination was a “substantial factor motivating a termination of employment, … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard Applicable to Discrimination Lawsuits

In Harris v. City of Santa Monica, — Cal. — (Feb. 7, 2013), the California Supreme Court held that under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, “when a jury finds that unlawful discrimination was a substantial factor motivating a termination … Continue reading

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California Court of Appeal Holds Supervisors Cannot Be Personally Liable for Discrimination or Retaliation Against Employees Seeking Military Leaves of Absence

In Haligowski v. Superior Court, 200 Cal. App. 4th 983 (2011), the Court of Appeal considered whether supervisors can be personally liable for discriminating or retaliating against employees who seek time off from work to comply with their military obligations, … Continue reading

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Where Employer Treated Similarly Situated Employees Differently, Ninth Circuit Allowed Employee’s Discrimination Claims to Proceed to Trial

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal opinion in Zeinali v. Raytheon Co., 636 F.3d 544 (9th Cir. 2011), marks yet another reminder that employers that treat similarly situated employees differently can set themselves up for costly discrimination lawsuits. In Zeinali, … Continue reading

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New California Law Protects Health Care Coverage for Pregnant Employees

The State of California today marked another step in the direction of protecting pregnant workers when the Governor signed into law a Senate Bill requiring employers of five or more employees who maintain health care coverage for their workers to … Continue reading

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