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…
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….
201208.20
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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…
201208.12
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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…