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 [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

Fox News Settles Allegations of Sexual Harassment for $20 Million

2017-12-13T21:46:28+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Sexual Harassment|

21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, recently announced that the company had agreed to pay $20 million to former news anchor Gretchen Carlson to settle allegations of sexual harassment she made against former CEO Roger Ailes. 21st Century Fox also offered a public apology to Carlson and praised her performance at the [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Quid Pro Quo Harassment: When Your Boss Wants a “Favor”

2017-12-13T21:46:33+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Sexual Harassment|

Sexual harassment comes in many forms. When your employer, boss, or supervisor expects you to go out on a date, have a sexual relationship, or perform some other favor in exchange for a promotion or a raise, it is known as quid pro quo harassment. Quid pro quo is a Latin term that means “this [...]

Holiday Parties

2017-12-13T21:46:36+00:00 December 18th, 2015|General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

During the holiday season, employers and employees should be aware of potential problems that can result from office holiday parties. Sponsors and participants both need to exercise good judgment at these events. One of the first considerations is whether employees are paid for attending. If attendance at a party is required by the employer, overtime-eligible [...]

DJ Sues Taylor Swift in Colorado Federal Court, Alleging Interference with His Employment Contract

2017-12-13T21:46:36+00:00 October 26th, 2015|General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

Taylor Swift may learn the hard way that interfering with another person's livelihood can be costly. The music recording star has been sued in Colorado for allegedly causing a disc jockey to be fired. The suit, pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, alleges that Swift made an unfounded allegation of [...]

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, [...]

McDonalds Employees Suit with Test Franchisees Legal Responsibilities

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Discimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful termination|

Ten former McDonald’s employees are suing a Virginia franchisee, the franchise owner, McDonald’s Corp., and McDonald’s USA. The suit alleges that supervisors at three Virginia franchise locations were racist, sexually harassed employees, and wrongfully terminated employees. The result of the lawsuit will not only establish whether these allegations are true, but it will determine the [...]

New NFL Policy for Sexual Assault and Abuse

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 29th, 2014|Sexual Harassment|

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced revisions to the league’s personal conduct policy and enhanced training and family support programs for all personnel. For the first domestic violence or sexual assault incident, standard penalties of an unpaid six-game suspension will be applied. If there is a second offense, players will face banishment from the NFL. This [...]

Irony Abounds: Tinder CEO Sues Co-Founder for Sexual Harassment

2017-12-13T21:46:45+00:00 July 19th, 2014|General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

Whitney Wolfe, former vice president of marketing for the popular matchmaking app Tinder, has filed a Stockton sexual harassment and discrimination in Stockton lawsuit against her former partners. She is accusing them of creating a hostile work environment that eventually forced her to leave the company. The suit was filed in Los Angeles, California. Wolfe [...]

California State Laws Offering Protections Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

2017-12-13T21:46:46+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Sexual Harassment|

Los Angeles sexual harassment law offer strong protections, but the laws lack clout if employees are not properly informed about them. Knowing the laws can help prevent sexual harassment and help victims find reparation. What is Sexual Harassment? Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination which can include unwelcome sexual conduct, sexual comments, requests [...]

Sexual Harassment: What Makes A Strong Case?

2017-12-13T21:46:46+00:00 May 5th, 2014|Sexual Harassment|

Sexual harassment in San Francisco means having to deal with unwelcome sexual conduct on behalf of a supervisor, co-worker, or even a client. Generally speaking, it falls into two distinct categories – when you’re pressured into sexual behavior as a condition of employment, and hostile work environment cases. In so-called “quid pro quo” cases employees [...]

Teacher’s Fitness to Teach Receives Ruling

2017-12-13T21:46:47+00:00 May 15th, 2013|Sexual Harassment|

The San Diego Unified School District dismissed a teacher on grounds he had touched a student inappropriately.  A Commission on Professional Competence determined the district had not adequately proven the teacher’s immoral conduct, unfitness to teach, or persistent violation of district rules.  The district petitioned the superior court for a writ of mandate, which vacated [...]

Sexual Harassment Plaintiff Must Make a Prima Facie Case

2017-12-13T21:46:47+00:00 April 28th, 2013|Sexual Harassment|

A ruling in favor of Defendant was made April 1, 2013 on a Title VII action claiming sexual harassment in Fresno and retaliatory discharge in an appeal from a US District Court decision in a Nevada case. The district court granted summary judgment to Defendant. Plaintiff appealed that ruling to the 9th Circuit. In part, [...]

Cross Complaint by Alleged Sexual Harasser Dismissed

2017-12-13T21:46:47+00:00 January 5th, 2013|Sexual Harassment|

Plaintiff sued several parties alleging sexual harassment in Fairfield, assault and other claims. One of the Defendants cross complained alleging that plaintiff published false statements to others, including friends, co-workers, healthcare workers and the police. The Court issued an order striking the cross complant as covered by California’s “SLAPP” statute. Plaintiff’s complaints to police and [...]