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Federal Jury Awards Lifeguard $3.5 Million for Sexual harassment and Retaliation

A federal jury in the District of Columbia has awarded $3.5 million in damages for pain and suffering to a former lifeguard of a public pool based on allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation. In her lawsuit, Plaintiff alleged that she was “sexually harassed by a supervisor,” and was fired after complaining about the behavior….
201208.20
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Employer’s Decision Not to Re-new a Fixed Term Employee Contract Upon its Expiration Is Not Subject to a Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy Claim

In a new decision by the California Court of Appeal in Touchstone Television Productions v. Superior Court (Sheridan) – B241137, filed August 16, 2012, the court held that employer’s failure to renew employee’s fixed-term contract does not give rise to a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.  However, the non-renewal may be…
201208.16
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Hotel Shangri-La Found Liable for Discrimination in Violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act – $1.2 Million In Statutory Damages

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of young supporters of a nonprofit organization, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, against Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica.  Plaintiffs alleged that in the middle of a pool party organized by the group, the owner of the hotel, who is…
201208.12
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$6 Million Jury Verdict for Truck Driver Whose Employer Insisted He Make Deliveries in Dangerous Weather

Once again we have a large jury verdict for an employee for wrongful termination, retaliation, and violations of the California Labor Code.  This time, the employee-truck driver was forced to make deliveries in dangerous weather conditions, despite his repeated complaints to the employer, and was later asked to return to work even though he had…
201208.06
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ARBITRATION PROVISIONS IN EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS ARE GENERALLY NOT ENFORCEABLE IN CALIFORNIA

The California Court of Appeal, Second District, recently held that employers’  arbitration policies set forth in the employee handbook generally do not amount to an enforceable agreement between the employer and employees. In Sparks v. Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, the court held that plaintiff-employee was not bound by the arbitration clause in…
201207.31
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Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica is Facing Civil Rights Lawsuit for Discrimination

Under the California Civil Rights Laws, Unruh Civil Rights Act, it is illegal for any business establishment to deny equal and free access to a person based on his or her sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation. Shangri-La hotel in Santa Monica is facing…