Alleged workplace discrimination prompt lawsuit against Oracle

January 27, 2017

California’s tech companies work to hire the best and brightest in order to make the advancements in technology that people around the world enjoy. However, they must be careful not to violate workplace discrimination laws in doing so. One of the state’s tech companies, Oracle America, is facing a lawsuit filed by the Labor Department […] Read More

US soldiers of Sikh faith making big changes to conformity rules

January 6, 2017

In America, both police the military wear uniforms. These serve many purposes, including making members easily identifiable and emphasizing group unity. Uniforms can also have legal importance, as they delineate between combatants who represent governments and those acting independently. Yes, uniforms are important. The question is, just how uniform do uniforms have to be? Members […] Read More

Workplace accommodations for pregnant women

December 13, 2016

Pregnancy, its effects on the body, and the various check-ups needed during the process all make work more challenging for pregnant women. Too much strain or stress during pregnancy can also cause developmental problems for the baby. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to all pregnant women, but all too often, these accommodations are […] Read More

Recognizing discrimination and protecting your rights

November 18, 2016

No matter how you feel about the recent election and its outcome, recent statistics have shown that the number of acts against minorities and ethnic groups has been rising. It is in situations like these where it is most important to understand your rights and what protections are offered under the law. What is discrimination? […] Read More

Workplace Sexual Harassment Does Not Have To Be Motivated By Sexual Desire

October 7, 2016

Workplace sexual harassment is one of most the pressing issues facing society. As a country, it is impossible to know which direction we are headed if we do not know how we got here. Back in 1991, the Supreme Court set an important precedent for workplace sexual harassment. At the time, it was widely considered […] Read More

How the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Protects Workers

September 20, 2016

As an employee you strive to get to work at your scheduled time and give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. You follow all of the policies in your employee manual, and you have no blemishes in your employee record. Your employer expects it of you and most play by the same […] Read More

The Unruh Civil Rights Act and its Protective Veil

August 15, 2016

The Unruh Civil Rights Act is one of four statutes enforced by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), an agency of the California state government established in 1959. The overseeing DFEH protects its state residents from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, along with hate violence. According to a study of employee […] Read More

How The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Violates The FEHA (and Title VII)

November 21, 2014

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S.Ct. 2751 (2014), the Supreme Court held that the so-called contraceptive mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). After finding that for-profit corporations are “persons” under the RFRA, the Court proceeded to declare that the ACA’s regulatory […] Read More

Weaving v. City of Hillsboro: Ninth Circuit Undercuts ADA Coverage for ADHD Employee

August 19, 2014

In the matter of Weaving v. City of Hillsboro, a jury determined that the City of Hillsboro violated that Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it terminated police officer Matthew Weaving, who suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The city then appealed the district court’s earlier denial of its motion for summary judgment to […] Read More

CA Court of Appeal Rules for the Exclusion of “Me Too” Evidence

May 1, 2013

The case of Hatai v. Department of Transportation et. al highlights that employees in discrimination trials should be aware that California courts are prepared to reject an employee’s attempt to use “me too” evidence. The “me too” doctrine allows an employee to present evidence of discrimination not only against themselves but also against other employees […] Read More