Damages totaling $250,000 awarded to Costco employee in harassment suit

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Discimination, General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment, Wage and Hour|

A federal jury in December awarded $250,000 to a former Costco employee who had to file a restraining order against a male customer who was harassing and stalking her. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that oversees and enforces employment anti-discrimination laws, had accused Costco of failing to stop a man who [...]

California overtime laws: What you need to know

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Nearly every worker older than 18 is entitled to overtime pay in California. State law mandates that employees cannot work more than eight hours per day, or 40 hours per week, without being paid overtime wages. What is the amount of overtime in California? Under state law, overtime is one-half times a worker’s regular rate [...]

What will be the top discrimination claims of 2016?

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

There’s no doubt that 2016 was a big year for news. The presidential race alone had to have triggered countless discussions around the water cooler. The Rio Olympics, the Orlando nightclub shooting and ISIS also were in the papers, on the TV news and online throughout much of the year. But what about workplace discrimination? [...]

EEOC finds some background checks discriminatory

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Discimination|

Federal law prohibits racial discrimination in the workplace. A black employee passed over for a promotion in favor of a less-qualified white person, for example, might be the victim of workplace racial discrimination. But some people of color are discriminated against before they are hired. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has gone after companies whose [...]

Sexual harassment in 2016 goes outside the office

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

It wasn’t so long ago that sexual harassment at work rarely went beyond office doors. An employee who felt offended or threatened could escape to the sanctuary of his or her own home. But that’s no longer the case. Welcome to sexual harassment in the technology age. Sexual harassment, like school bullying, can now follow [...]

Transgender discrimination in the workplace

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

A groundbreaking decision by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that discrimination based on gender identity violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Macy v. the U.S. Department of Justice, a transgender police detective in 2010 applied for a job with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The job [...]

Can Your Employer Forbid You From Talking Politics At Work?

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

While talking politics always has the potential to be contentious, this year’s election has brought out strong emotions in voters. To minimize the amount of conflict in the workplace, some employers have forbidden workers from discussing politics while on the clock. But is a restriction like this legal? Can an employer forbid you from voicing [...]

Sexual orientation protected against discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that interprets and enforces laws prohibiting discrimination, considers sexual orientation a consideration protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A federal judge in Pennsylvania recently agreed. In November, U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon handed down an order denying a motion to dismiss a discrimination case [...]

New State Law Aimed At Age Discrimination May Be Unconstitutional

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Discimination|

California’s entertainment industry is one of its most profitable sectors. Profits from Hollywood studios and other parts of the industry pour an estimated $294 billion into the state’s economy every year, and it is estimated that the entertainment industry employs one out of every ten Californians. While the industry is profitable, it is not without [...]

Is it Racial Discrimination to Fire an Employee for a Hairstyle? Federal Appellate Court Says No

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Discimination|

Certain hairstyles are traditionally associated with a certain race or ethnicity. In particular, hairstyles like cornrows, dreadlocks, and afros are associated with African American culture, and many individuals who wear these styles take great pride in using their hair to express their cultural identity and heritage. When a hairstyle is linked to a cultural identity, [...]

Innocent Fun or Sexual Harassment? How to Know When Your Employer Crosses the Line

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

On average, Americans spend a third of their lives at work. When so much of our lives is spent with the same group of colleagues, it can be difficult to know when friendships or harmless flirting crosses the line into sexual harassment. If your work environment is getting uncomfortable, it is important to learn more [...]

When Is The Deadline To File A Claim For Wrongful Termination?

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wrongful termination|

The phrase “wrongful termination” applies when an employee has been fired or forced to quit or resign for illegal reasons. If you believe that you were wrongfully terminated, you are required to file a claim within a certain amount of time. If you miss the deadline, your claim will be barred and you will not [...]

Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Against Head of Fox News

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful termination|

Fox news journalist Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of the company after alleging that she was fired for refusing to participate in a sexual relationship with him. Carlson joined Fox News in 2005, where she worked as a television journalist for 11 years. [...]

Class Action Lawsuit Accuses California State Agency of Systemic Gender Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Class Action, Discimination, General Labor Law|

A group of California women have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the entire California workers’ compensation system, alleging widespread and systemic discrimination in the way women are compensated for injuries that occur at work. The case, Page et al. v. Parisotto et al. alleges that the workers’ compensation system routinely attributes work-related injuries to the [...]

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Statute of Limitations for Employee Discrimination Claims

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Discimination, Wrongful termination|

The U.S. Supreme Court recently address the issue of when the statute of limitations begins to run for civil servants who want to file a discrimination claim against their employer. The Court held 7-1 that the statute of limitations begins on the date of the action which was alleged to be discriminatory. The case involved [...]

Could You Be Fired For Being Too Attractive?

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

Physically attractive people reap many benefits. Research has shown that people view attractive individuals to be smarter and more confident than others, and good looking people tend to be hired faster and promoted more often in the workplace. While attractiveness has its benefits, it also has its downsides. Multiple people around the country have alleged [...]

Can You Get Fired For Dating A Coworker?

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

Americans who work full-time spend more hours per week in the office than they do anywhere else. It is not surprising then that workplace romances are common and many people meet their significant other or spouse while at work. While a workplace romance is often exciting and entertaining for the employees involved, many employers frown [...]

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Protects Employees From Another Level of Employment Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law|

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is a federal statute that was enacted in 2008 to protect employees and other individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of his or her genetic information. As genetic testing gets more advance, it is becoming more common for people to have their genetic information tested. For example, [...]

Department Of Labor Expands Sex Discrimination Protections For Federal Contractors

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

A federal contractor is a person or company that provides services to the federal government. Since the government does not employ its own army of construction workers, every time the government wants to build something it needs to hire a federal contractor. For instance, suppose that the government wants to build a new building. The [...]

Accommodations for Nursing Mothers: What Must Your Employer Do Under California Law?

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wrongful termination|

New mothers know that breast milk provides the best nutrition for their infants. After returning to work from maternity leave, most mothers will need to pump breast milk during working hours in order to avoid pain and keep their milk from drying out. Employers are required to make accommodations for nursing women in the workplace. [...]

What To Do If You’re Asked An Illegal Interview Question

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Discimination|

Interviewing is stressful enough without fielding questions that make you uncomfortable. If you are a job seeker, it is important to know what types of questions are illegal, and what you should do if they are asked. During a job interview, potential employers are not allowed to discriminate against applicants based on race, gender, religion, [...]

30% of Female Doctors Report Sexual Harassment At Work

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

In fields traditionally dominated by men, like engineering, medicine, and law, female employees have made great strides in leveling the playing field. However, women still face a disproportionate amount of gender discrimination in Los Angeles and sexual harassment, regardless of their level of education. According to a survey reported in the Journal of the American [...]

Lowe’s Settles ADA Accommodation Lawsuit, EEOC Issues Guidance

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Discimination, Wage and Hour|

On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance on employer-provided unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, employees with disabilities must be granted “reasonable accommodations” that will allow the employees to complete their duties on the job. According to the EEOC, [...]

Is It Still Retaliation If You’re Fired For Something You Didn’t Do?

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Discimination, Wrongful termination|

All employees have certain rights, and exercising these rights shouldn’t be grounds for getting fired. For example, employees cannot be punished for making discrimination complaints or speaking up about sexual harassment. In addition to these rights, public-sector employees can also participate in free speech or political activities outside of work without fear that their opinions [...]

Caregiver Discrimination Lawsuits Up by 269% in Past Decade

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Discimination, Wrongful termination|

When a person needs to care for a sick child, disabled family member, or a new baby, both state and federal law allow that person to take time off work without worrying about whether they will lose their jobs. Through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other laws, many employees are guaranteed a certain [...]

EEOC & OSHA Clarify Their Positions on Transgender Rights in the Workplace

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

Transgender rights and accommodations have been in the news every day for months. The debate over how transgendered people should be treated in the workplace and in public areas has reached such an uproar that both the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued or re-issued guidelines [...]

Can An Employer Ask A Potential Employee About His Or Her Criminal Record?

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law|

Nearly one in four Americans have some type of criminal record. Whether it is a misdemeanor arrest for a youthful indiscretion or a more serious felony offense, any type of criminal record can hurt job seekers in their search for employment. California law provides multiple types of protections for job seekers with a criminal past. [...]

Support Animals In The Workplace: Know Your Rights

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Discimination|

If you rely on a service dog for help with a mental or physical disability, both federal and California law allow you to bring your animal to work if you need it. Before you do, make sure you know your rights and obligations regarding your service animal. Which Animals Qualify? California’s Fair Employment and Housing [...]

How Much of Your Appearance Can Your Employer Regulate?

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

Most workplaces have some type of dress code. Some require uniforms, while others allow each employee to make his or her own fashion choices. When it comes to the dress code, how much of your appearance can your employer regulate? In general, California law allows employers to set their own rules for employee’s dress and [...]

Weighty Issues: Is Obesity Considered a Disability Under California Law?

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law|

It’s no secret that the country as a whole is getting heavier. While many people are not affected by carrying a few extra pounds, very heavy individuals often have a difficult time in the employment arena. Obese people face discrimination when seeking employment, and may need extra accommodations at work based on their size. When [...]

California Appeals Court Expands FEHA to Include People Caring for a Disabled Person

2017-12-13T21:46:30+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Discimination, Wrongful termination|

California’s 2nd District Court of Appeals recently expanded the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to include people who associated with someone with a disability. While the 2nd District Court of Appeals only covers employers in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, the decision could have an impact on how [...]

How Does a State Discrimination Investigation Process Work?

2017-12-13T21:46:33+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Discimination|

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing enforces civil rights laws in California. It has the legal power to handle discrimination claims in housing, public accommodations, and employment. By law, your employer cannot treat you differently because of your membership in any protected class. The protected classes are very broad and include many individual qualities, [...]

Your Rights: Accommodation of Pregnancy and Related Conditions

2017-12-13T21:46:34+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Discimination|

If you’re working and are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, it’s important that you understand your rights to accommodation under federal and California laws. These laws cover almost all California workers, and they require that employers provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees or employees affected by pregnancy. A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment to [...]

Your Rights: Your Employer Must Keep Your Health Information Separate and Secure

2017-12-13T21:46:34+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law|

We live in a privacy-oriented society. Information security breaches have highlighted costly errors for businesses and employers across the country like never before. Personally identifiable information is any information that can be used to identify a specific person. Examples of PII include a person’s name, address, home phone number or email address, and Social Security [...]

Why You Should Take the Initiative to Keep Personal and Business Email Separate

2017-12-13T21:46:34+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Discimination, General Labor Law|

The National Labor Relations Board’s position is that employers cannot prohibit employees from using company email after hours for nonbusiness purposes. The reason for this position is that reasonable employees could believe that they would not be allowed to engage in concerted activity, such as union organizing, under such a ban. But even though the [...]

If You’re Disabled and Terminated, Consult an Employment Lawyer

2017-12-13T21:46:34+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Discimination, Wrongful termination|

Employers nationwide got a surge from a California jury decision that refused to award a former disabled FedEx driver any damages after he was fired, even though he had suffered a work-related injury. Robert Gardner injured his neck and shoulder while working as a driver for FedEx. The company’s policy allowed him 90 days of [...]

EEOC: Proposed Rule Would Allow Employers to Request Spouse Health Information under Limited Circumstances

2017-12-13T21:46:34+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Discimination|

Under the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, can your employer legally obtain your spouse’s genetic information? Maybe. But only voluntarily within the context of a group health plan wellness program and under very limited conditions. It’s important to note that this rule would only define what is legal under GINA; you can read more about [...]

EEOC Issues Q and A for Employers About Rights of Muslims at Work

2017-12-13T21:46:34+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Discimination|

Our last article discussed employee guidance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission relating to Muslim or Middle Eastern worker rights.  This guidance stemmed from the EEOC’s concerns due to tragic events involving extremist groups in Paris and San Bernardino.  A companion document was issued at the same time for employers.  This blog will discuss the employer [...]

EEOC Issues Guidance to Employees About Treatment of Muslim Employees

2017-12-13T21:46:34+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Discimination|

The United States Equal Opportunity Commission recently issued guidance documents relating to the proper treatment of Muslim and Middle Eastern employees at work.  The EEOC’s concern about this issue stemmed from unfortunate, tragic events involving extremist groups in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California.  One guidance document is intended for employees and the other is [...]

Your Rights: Protections for Private Whistleblowers in California

2017-12-13T21:46:35+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Discimination|

California law protects whistleblowers, employees who disclose suspected illegal activity with “reasonable cause” to believe that a legal violation has occurred.  Generally speaking, employment in California is “at will,” which means that, unless a contract or exception applies, an employee may be fired at any time. Whistleblower protection is a major exception to this general [...]

EEOC Issues Guidance to Doctors about Dealing with Employee Requests for Reasonable Accommodation

2017-12-13T21:46:35+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Discimination|

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued two documents in support of the White House's National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Our last blog provided an overview of the document issued to help employees understand their rights. This blog will give you an overview of the guidance the EEOC has provided to employee health care providers in understanding their role [...]

Your Employment Rights: What Your Employer Must Do if You Have HIV

2017-12-13T21:46:35+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Discimination|

This winter, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published two documents that relate to proper and legal treatment of employees who have HIV infection or AIDS. These documents are designed to provide guidance to both employees and their health care providers about HIV and AIDS in the workplace. They were issued pursuant to the White House's [...]

Lactating Surrogate Mom’s Case Proceeds in California Federal Court

2017-12-13T21:46:35+00:00 January 31st, 2016|Discimination|

A controversial lactation accommodation case will move forward in federal court. A California woman sued Marriott, alleging that it failed to provide her with proper lactation accommodations, as required by law. Mary Gonzalez, a full-time accountant and cashier for Marriott, gave birth to a baby girl in 2014. Her regular schedule included one unpaid lunch [...]

California Antidiscrimination Law 101

2017-12-13T21:46:35+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Discimination|

If you live or work in California, you probably know that California laws generally protect employees more than other states or even federal law. This is certainly true with California's antidiscrimination law, the Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA" or the "Act"). Who Is Covered? The breadth of California's antidiscrimination coverage is first apparent when [...]

Alcohol Abuse and the Americans With Disabilities Act

2017-12-13T21:46:35+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Discimination|

The firing of Steve Sarkisian as football coach at the University of Southern California provides a case study of how an employer is to handle alcohol-related issues with its employees. Sarkisian had reportedly made one or more public appearances while appearing intoxicated, and he had failed to attend a practice session. The university first offered [...]

EEOC Granted Access to Employee Test Results in Discrimination Case

2017-12-13T21:46:35+00:00 December 27th, 2015|Discimination|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has prevailed in a dispute with an employer over access to employee "pedigree" information. A ruling by the federal appeals court governing California required the employer to provide the information on employees who had taken the same strength test as an employee who had been fired. The pedigree information requested [...]

Constructive Discharge Statute of Limitations

2017-12-13T21:46:36+00:00 December 24th, 2015|Discimination, Uncategorized|

Employees sometimes reach a point of being so dissatisfied at work that they just have to quit. The reasons can be many, but when they quit because of illegal discrimination, a lawsuit may be filed. In these circumstances, the act of resigning may also be known as constructive discharge. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against [...]

EEOC: Pre-Employment Examinations Must Be Job-Related

2017-12-13T21:46:36+00:00 November 27th, 2015|Discimination|

Employers use various means to decide who they want to hire. Typically, there are a set of qualifications one must meet, such as an education level and/or type, an amount of relevant experience, a particular license, or even a physical ability. In addition to these requirements, employers may administer a test to determine the degree [...]

EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Act, LGBT, Title VII

2017-12-13T21:46:36+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Discimination|

The rapidly advancing movement of society toward equal rights based on sexual orientation will likely see its next watershed moment in the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. In the case of Kimberly Hively v.Ivy Tech Community College, the court will decide whether Equal Employment Opportunity regulations legally extend [...]

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Brings Conscientious Objectors to the Forefront of Discussion

2017-12-13T21:46:36+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Discimination|

One of the most notable ripple effects of the Supreme Court's decision regarding same-sex marriage rights has been the refusal of Kim Davis, Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk, to issue marriage licenses. While the public's interest in this drama may be about the gay marriage issue, employers are interested in issues of workplace religious accommodation. Employees [...]

California’s Fair Pay Act

2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Discimination, Wage and Hour|

California’s laws regarding gender based pay discrimination will be amended effective January 1, 2016 by the Fair Pay Act, recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. While the state has long had a law on the books prohibiting discrimination in pay based on gender, the legislature passed the law because of a continuing disparity [...]

Top Four Employment Cases to Watch in the United States Supreme Court

2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Class Action, Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

There are four cases worth watching in the upcoming term of the United States Supreme Court that may affect aspects of the employer/employee relationship: Eligibility of wage and hour lawsuits for collective (class) action status; The timeline for filing a discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; The ability of unions to [...]

Lactation Accommodation in California

2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Accommodation for mothers to express breast milk while at work is required by federal law as well as California law. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, requires a covered employer to provide unpaid break times to an employee to express milk for her infant child under one year of age [...]

Target Employment Tests: What Kind of Testing is OK in a California Workplace?

2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

Testing of applicants for employment or testing of employees for advancement is one of the most common employment practices in the workplace. As common as it is, however, it can be subject to intense legal scrutiny in some instances. Most employers use some form of an employee test to hire workers, even if it is [...]

Best Practices for Workplace Diversity

2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

Diversity in the workplace seems like a long and winding road. It has been 51 years since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and workplaces are still not largely representative of our increasingly diverse population. In addition, during that time, additional groups of people have been added to the "protected classes" ­  those [...]

The Case of the “Devious Defecators”: Genetic Information Breach Leads to Big Verdict

2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is a relatively obscure law that was enacted in 2008 by Congress to prevent use of genetic information in employment practices. It had not been tested to any degree of notoriety until recently when a federal court jury awarded $2.2 million to a pair of employees who had filed suit [...]

What’s Next for Same Sex Rights?

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

The United States Supreme Court’s historic decision that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry has set off a significant wave of reaction in the country, both positive and negative. This could be the most polarizing topic that has divided Americans in many years. In case you are not familiar with the Obergefell case, [...]

Whistleblower Protections in California

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

Whistleblower laws, those that protect employees who report wrongdoing by their employers, have been in place for a number of years at the federal level and in every state in the union. Federal laws protect federal workers who report government wrongdoing, and also private employees who report federal law violations or misappropriation of federal funds [...]

Same-Sex Marriage and Employment Benefits

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

The United States Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage both settled some issues of employment benefits and left some in doubt. For the rights afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act, the decision came at a very opportune time. The U. S. Department of Labor in February had enacted a rule that included same-sex [...]

California AB-987 Clarifies Religious and Disability Discrimination Prohibitions

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

In response to a disturbing ruling in a California court of appeal case, the legislature passed, and the Governor signed, an amendment to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The amendment clarifies the law by specifically prohibiting discrimination or retaliation against employees or others who request an accommodation due to religion or disability. In [...]