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New York Governor Continues To Strengthen Equal Pay Protections

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By Vida L. Thomas On January 9, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his new “New York Promise” agenda, a sweeping package of reforms that the Governor promises will “advance principles of social justice, affirm New York’s progressive values, and a set a national standard for protections against all forms of discrimination.” As part… Continue Reading

Neutral Solutions: We Help You Connect The Pieces

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in training supervisors on various workplace issues, including preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; workplace health and safety; and managing leave laws.  For more information, please visit our Trainings page here.

7th Circuit To Revisit Title VII Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ruling

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, New Legislation and Regulations

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals granted en banc (by the full court) review in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. This rare move means that the entire Seventh Circuit court will reconsider its previous decision, which was originally issued on July 28, 2016. Kimberly Hively began teaching as a part-time… Continue Reading

“Convincing Mosaic” Not Required In 7th Circuit

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law

Since its 1994, decision in Troupe v. May Department Stores Co., 20 F.3d 734 (7th Cir. 1994), the Seventh Circuit has instructed the district courts within its boundaries (including those in Illinois) to look for evidence that creates “a convincing mosaic of discrimination” in considering summary judgment motions in employment discrimination cases.  After more than… Continue Reading

Does Your Service Animal Need a Stand Up Desk? Discrimination and Accommodation of Employees, Customers and Third-Parties

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law

Summary of Program The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this very informative training session that will help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers to both comply with legal record keeping requirements and also prepare and maintain effective defensive documentation. Most business owners know that customers and employees may… Continue Reading

Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Summary of Program The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years.  The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is offering a two hour in-person training session that will comply with all the requirements outlined in the… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Untrained Managers and Supervisors – What They Need To Know

Posted in Labor Law

Summary of Program Most employers know that it is crucial to have well trained supervisors to help ensure that rank and file employees perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. However, many employers don’t realize how important it is that supervisors be trained to understand the many employment laws that govern the workplace. Untrained supervisors can… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Employment Law Update

Posted in Labor Law

2013  – A Year in Review 2014 – An Interesting Year Ahead Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2013 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employersin 2014.  Sacramento Date:    January 16, 2014 Time:   9:00 a.m. –… Continue Reading

Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor & Employment Seminars and Training Schedule

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Harassment, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Trade Secrets and Competition, Wage & Hour

Hot off the print press –  Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor and Employment Training and Seminar Schedule is now available.   Click here for a copy of the schedule. Our Employment Law Update is scheduled for January 16, 2014 (Sacramento) and January 23, 2014 (San Francisco).   Seating is limited so register early to reserve your spot.  Please contact… Continue Reading

Vets Got Class

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By:  James L. Brannen Currently, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects the right of persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination on account of various classes including, “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age,… Continue Reading

Gov. Brown Vetoes Pro Plaintiff Mixed-Motive Bill

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

This year, lawmakers and their plaintiff’s bar buddies asked Governor Jerry Brown to recast awards in so-called mixed-motive discrimination cases. Brown vetoed Senate Bill 655, leaving in place the State’s high court ruling in Harris v. City of Santa Monica in February 2013. In that 6-0 decision, Brown’s appointee Liu said a workplace firing based… Continue Reading

Vegan Religious Bias Claim Settles for Enough to Buy A Big Juicy Steak

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law

When a workplace practice conflicts with an employee’s religious beliefs, the employer must consider whether a religious accommodation is available. This is the basic rule of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Many times, these issues arise in the form of scheduling conflicts when an employee’s religion compels worship on a particular day. Typical… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Pregnancy Leave, Accommodation and Discrimination – Don’t Wait for the Stork to Teach You What It All Means

Posted in Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence

Summary of Program Join the Employment Law Group of Weintraub Tobin for an informative and up-to-date discussion about the rights and obligations of pregnant employees. Program Highlights Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) PDL versus FMLA/CFRA Reasonably Accommodating Pregnant Employees Pregnancy Discrimination What are the Courts saying? Date:   September 12, 2013 Time:   9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location:  Weintraub… Continue Reading

Court Holds Volunteer is NOT an Employee under FEHA

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Labor Law

By:  Chelcey E. Lieber In Estrada v. City of L.A. (Case No. B242202), the Court of Appeal of California (Second Appellate District) held that Estrada, formerly a volunteer Police Reserve Officer for the City of Los Angeles, was not an employee for purposes of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), even though the City… Continue Reading

EEOC SETTLES ITS FIRST “GINA” LAWSUIT FOR GENETIC DISCRIMINATION – An Important Lesson for Employers Re: Medical Questions of Applicants and Employees that Violate GINA?

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Labor Law

By:  Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On May 7, 2013, the EEOC issued a press release announcing the settlement of a lawsuit against Fabricut, Inc., one of the world’s largest distributors of decorative fabrics. This is the first lawsuit ever filed by the EEOC alleging genetic discrimination.

The Fourth Circuit Court Says Pregnant Employee Not Entitled to Accommodation

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By:    Duyen T. Nguyen In Young v. UPS, 2013 U.S. App. Lexis 530, a UPS worker sued her employer for sex and race discrimination under Title VII and for disability discrimination under the ADA on the basis of her pregnancy. On January 9, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Appellate Court issued a decision affirming the district court’s… Continue Reading

New Law Requires Rethinking Dress Codes and Religious Accommodations for Employees

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By:  Brendan J. Begley California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law earlier this month the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, AB 1964, a bill that expands the prohibition against religious discrimination by employers. This new law mandates that workers receive equal protection despite their religious beliefs or appearance while protecting those who wear religious attire. The… Continue Reading

Is Leave Required As An Accommodation If It Is Unclear If The Employee Will Be Able To Perform The Job In The Near Future?

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

By:       Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Robert v. Board of County Commissioners of Brown County, Kansas, et. al. (10th Cir. Aug. 29, 2012) No. 11-3902 The job description for Robert’s job as a supervisor of felony offenders included 18 “essential functions.”   Some of those included functions like performing drug screenings, ensuring compliance with court orders, testifying… Continue Reading

Is Compliance with an Attendance Policy an Essential Function of the Job? The Ninth Circuit says “Yes!”

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By: Chelcey E. Lieber Attendance at work seems like an obvious requirement to keep a job, right? The unfortunate answer often given by lawyers to that question is, “it depends.” In the employee-friendly state of California, permitting telecommuting or exemptions to an attendance policy may be a reasonable accommodation if a person has a disability…. Continue Reading

Is It Discrimination To Require A High School Diploma?

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination

By:       Scott M. Plamondon The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) thinks so. The EEOC recently posted a letter to its website stating that it may be unlawful for employers to require a job applicant to have obtained a high school diploma if the applicant suffers from a learning disability and has been unable to obtain one. The… Continue Reading

When Can a Supervisor be Held Individually Liable for Discriminating Against an Employee Based on His or Her Military Status? It Depends on Whether Federal or California Law Applies

Posted in Discrimination, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

By:       Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Most employers are aware of the federal law known as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”) which is designed to protect those who serve in the armed forces from discrimination and retaliation. However, many California employers are unaware that section 394 of the California Military and… Continue Reading

Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog is in the Top 25

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Harassment, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Trade Secrets and Competition, Wage & Hour

By: Chuck Post Over the last year, Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin has tripled the size of its employment law department. In addition to enhancing the services we can provide to our clients, this growth has allowed us to continue presenting our quality seminars and maintaining our Labor and Employment Law Blog. Our results… Continue Reading

National Origin Discrimination Claims on the Rise!

Posted in Discrimination

By: Susan E. Kirkgaard Employment claims of discrimination based upon national origin have risen over 65% since 1997, according to the EEOC. This statistic becomes even more striking when one considers that discrimination claims in general rose only 20% in the past ten years. Recent EEOC decisions present the ongoing trap for the unwary – if an… Continue Reading