Tag Archives: Disability

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – NOVEMBER 2015

Police Investigation Disrupts Work In Cardenas v. M. Fanaian, DDS, Inc. the plaintiff was a former employee of defendant.  Plaintiff was terminated after filing a report with the police when her wedding ring was stolen at work.  Defendant terminated her because he claimed that the police investigation disrupted her work.  Plaintiff sued defendant for violation… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – SEPTEMBER 2015

Reasonable Accommodation Constitutes Protected Activity. In July 2015, Governor Brown signed AB 987, which provides that a request for reasonable accommodation on the basis of religion or disability constitutes protected activity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), regardless of whether the request for accommodation was granted. This new law reverses the California Court… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – JUNE 2015

RELIGION A MOTIVATING FACTOR FOR NOT HIRING? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits a prospective employer from refusing to hire an applicant in order to avoid accommodating a religious practice that it could accommodate without undue hardship.  In EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, the EEOC sued Abercrombie & Fitch on behalf… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – JANUARY 2015

Recent Changes to Minimum Wage Laws On July 1, 2014, the California minimum wage was increased to $9.00 per hour.  Next year, on January 1, 2016, the California minimum wage will again be increased to $10.00 per hour.  Employers should be aware of changes to California’s minimum wage laws because, in order to classify employees… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – AUGUST 2014

FAILURE TO ACCOMMODATE In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the plaintiff was an employee of Sierra Chemical who was not legally authorized to work in the United States when he was hired and had falsified eligibility documents to obtain employment.  Throughout the course of his employment with Sierra Chemical, plaintiff injured his back twice.  After… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – MARCH 2014

Is Gossip Allowed? Water cooler talk, i.e. office gossip, has been a seemingly timeless thorn in many employers’ sides, particularly because of the decrease in worker productivity that such gossip can cause.  As such, some employers–with Section 7 rights being the furthest thing from their mind–have tried to limit such non-productive time by adopting policies… Read More »