201408.27
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When merely considering your rights can get you fired!

Employers may be reluctant to admit that their policies are designed to shut workers out of our civil justice system. But there is no denying their intent. Consider this example. Elizabeth is a widow with five children who came into my office this spring. Since the death of her husband a few years ago, she…
201310.16
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New California law protects immigrant workers from threat of deportation for exercising employment rights

http://celavoice.org/2013/10/15/new-california-law-protects-immigrant-workers-from-threat-of-deportation-for-exercising-employment-rights/
201210.01
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California Passes Law Protecting Religious Garb, Grooming in the Workplace

On September 8, 2012, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law AB 1964 to amend Section 12926 of the California Government Code (part of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act), clarifying the employment rights of employees wearing turbans, beards and hijabs in observance of their religious beliefs. California law protects individuals from employment discrimination…
201209.12
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Lawsuit Against In-N-Out Burgers for Discrimination Based on Race and/or Age

Class Action lawsuit filed against In-N-Out Burgers earlier this month alleges that the popular burger chain maintains hiring practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, and/or age of the applicants.  Specifically, the complaint charges that the restaurant chain “systematically” denies employment opportunities to African-Americans and/or individuals over the age of forty (40) in…
201208.24
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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….
201208.16
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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…
201208.06
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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…