Jury Awards $41M in Discrimination, Wrongful Termination Case

​A nurse recently won a $41 million jury verdict in her discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente, a health care provider based in Oakland, Calif. In 2021, a former charge... Read more »

California’s Labor Commissioner Publishes Updated Wage Theft Notice

​Under the California Wage Theft Protection Act (Cal. Labor Code section 2810.5), all employers are required to provide each employee with a written notice containing specified information at the time of hire,... Read more »

Employee’s Job Transfer May Have Been Age Discrimination

​Takeaway: An employee can go forward with his age bias claim in which evidence showed he was involuntarily moved into a new position that constituted a demotion, despite his employer’s claim that... Read more »

California Imposes Demographic Reporting Rule on Venture Capital Firms

​ California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law Senate Bill 54, which requires venture capital firms to collect and report demographic information about the founding team members of the businesses in... Read more »

California Case Turns on Definition of Disability

​Takeaway: An employee who was fired after she requested two weeks off to recover from surgery was not disabled, and so her employer did not violate the California Fair Employment and Housing... Read more »

Layoff with No Return Date Entitles California Employees to Immediate Vacation Pay

​Takeaway: This ruling is an example of the impact that enforcement agency interpretations of applicable laws can have when the statutes are silent or ambiguous with regard to a specific issue. Courts... Read more »

New California Law Makes It Easier for Employees to Establish Retaliation Claims

​California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law the Equal Pay and Anti-Retaliation Protection Act. The new law amends California Labor Code sections 98.6, 1102.5, and 1197.5 to create a rebuttable presumption... Read more »

Allegations of Leering, One Unwanted Hug Insufficient to Establish Sexual Harassment

​Takeaway: An employee’s allegations that her supervisor leered at her, hugged her once, and made one comment about internet pornography sites that made her uncomfortable were not sufficient to legally establish sexual... Read more »

Whistleblower Claims Fail Where Employer Fired Worker for Performance

​Takeaway: An employee could not proceed with his whistleblower claims where the employer’s undisputed evidence showed that the employee, who was fired after he complained to HR about the conduct of a... Read more »

Company that Allegedly Received Trade Secrets Could Not Compel Arbitration of Claims

​Takeaway: A company that allegedly received trade secrets from a new employee and was sued by the employee’s former employer could not compel the claims to arbitration because the company was not... Read more »
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