California AB51’s End to Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

January 10, 2020

In the Fall we celebrated California Governor Gavin Newsom signing into law Assembly Bill 51, thus prohibiting employers from requiring employees, or applicants for employment, to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. The new law was supposed to go into effect January 1, 2020, paving the way for a return to a transparent, fair and just system […] Read More

Equal Pay for Equal Work – Perspective of a Bay Area Discrimination Attorney

January 2, 2020

Our holiday table was groaning under the weight of roasted meat, aromatic stuffing, potatoes and vegetables. And once we had enjoyed a heaping plateful and some delightful conversation, we went back to the kitchen for dessert. Only to find that each of the beautiful pies, cut to serve six, was missing a giant slice. That […] Read More

Looking Forward to 2020

December 31, 2019

The turn of the seasons and close of the year brings time to reflect on past triumphs and losses and look to new challenges. 2019 brought tumult and conflict as well as victories and celebrations. For the California Civil Rights Law Group, the beginning of the year was cause for jubilation as we celebrated the […] Read More

Office Parties and Potential Harassment – Views from a Sexual Harassment Law Firm

December 21, 2019

We were enjoying a mid-week lunch in a local San Francisco Bay Area restaurant in early December and were distracted by a raucous outburst from fellow patrons. An extended table of 15-20 guests wearing the unmistakable sparkle of a holiday office celebration. They were playing some kind of white elephant gift exchange game that involved […] Read More

The Public Consequence of Sex Harassment

November 13, 2019

The #MeToo movement is now ten years old. For the past decade there has been increasing public support for women who stand up to unwanted treatment and sexual harassment instigated by male supervisors, colleagues, teachers, and employers. During those ten years, the societal response to women who have been the victims of such illegal behavior […] Read More

New Support for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment…and An End to Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

October 25, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law key bills providing protections for employees vis-a-vis sexual harassment. Read More

What is a Mandatory Arbitration Agreement and Should You Sign It?

October 11, 2019

For many workers here in San Francisco, the Bay Area, California or elsewhere, starting a new job is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. The employee has new faces and names to learn, new strategies and techniques to master and often a plethora of paperwork to scan through and sign during the onboarding process. With […] Read More

What’s Next after the Chabad of Poway Shooting?

June 5, 2019

Just a month after the arson and vandalism at Dur-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, California, another attack left one dead and several injured at Chabad of Poway in San Diego. A nineteen-year-old white man, John Earnest, was identified as the shooter. Earnest is also being charged in connection with the aforementioned arson. Now, and in the […] Read More

Tesla Litigation – Tesla Can’t Enforce an Arbitration Agreement That Our Client Never Signed

May 31, 2019

June 1, 2019 – The California Court of Appeal has denied Tesla’s motion to compel arbitration. Journalists, bloggers, and others in the media who would like to know more are urged to contact the firm. Read More

Supreme Court Will Decide LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Cases in 2020

May 26, 2019

In the fall of 2019, the Supreme Court will hear several cases involving LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace. This is notable for many reasons, not least of all considering the new composition of the Supreme Court. No LGBT-related cases have been heard by the Supreme Court since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, whose seat […] Read More