Am I Likely to Get Sexually Harassed at Work?

September 14, 2018

It would be nice if we could observe our co-workers for a day or two and then name those who are likely to engage in sexual harassment. Researchers have tried to do exactly that. Unfortunately, the conclusion they reach is that characteristics do not determine this propensity as much as the work environment itself. Sure, […] Read More

An Unanswered Question: “Can I Refuse to Serve Trump Supporters?”

July 26, 2018

Since the 2016 election, the issue of when a business can refuse to serve a customer has become particularly significant. Despite a multitude of news articles and court cases, much remains unclear. For example, can California businesses discriminate against customers for political reasons? Other states seem to allow it. A New York City bar called The […] Read More

NIFLA v. Becerra Is an Attack on Women’s Rights

July 18, 2018

In keeping with the recent deluge of dangerous Supreme Court decisions—all of which promise to undercut civil rights in the workplace and elsewhere in this country—the highest court in the land decided National Institute of Family and Life Advocate v. Becerra on June 26. The petitioner in this case was a faith-based organization that provides […] Read More

#ustoo: Disabled Women and Sexual Assault

July 17, 2018

College students with disabilities are more likely to be sexually assaulted than non-disabled students. The National Council on Disability (NCD) study on this topic was the first of its kind; past studies by federal agencies and task forces did not include disability as a demographic category. This left a gap—and it turns out a significant […] Read More

New Anti-Discrimination Rules Will Protect Undocumented Immigrants

June 27, 2018

The Department of Fair Education and Housing, which is charged with the enforcement of California’s primary workplace anti-discrimination law, is rolling out new regulations set to take effect on July 1, 2018. Most significant is the protections afforded to undocumented immigrants, which are part of a broader effort to make California a sanctuary state. Read More

Molding the American Legal System to Contemporary Immigration Issues

The past year, and particularly recent weeks and months, have brought about many questions regarding the rule of law and its role in determining the fate of migrants attempting to cross the United States’ Southern border. The American legal system can be thought of in two distinct sections: the word of the law and its […] Read More

What Do I Do if I am Being Discriminated Against at Work?

May 12, 2018

Following the right steps in handling discrimination and harassment is not always easy. The legal process about filing a case is complex and often unclear for people unfamiliar with the law, and discrimination and harassment in the workplace can be deeply upsetting experiences that make the whole process even more difficult. Nonetheless, it is vital […] Read More

Racism Persists in the American Education System

April 27, 2018

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) released the new set of data for the 2015-2016 school year on this past Tuesday. The data, referred to as the Civil Rights Data Collection (“CRDC”), covers a swath of variables that impact education equity in all public schools and school districts in the United States. […] Read More

Protecting Yourself When You Get Pregnant

March 23, 2018

Women are often the victims of sexual harassment on the job, even in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, the harassment and discrimination may only get worse when a woman decides to start a family. If a woman can’t work during her pregnancy, her employer might try to fire her or deny her leave. Worse, […] Read More

Out of Office: Paid and Unpaid Leaves of Absence

California law is particularly generous when it comes to employees taking leave. There are several, distinct types of leave that employees in need can use.[1] Everyone should be aware, however, that taking leave is one thing, but paid leave is another. Many types of leave are unpaid. Lots of employees also need to use their […] Read More