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Ninth Circuit Says Employee Who Made Death Threats Against His Co-Workers Could Not Sue His Employer For Disability Discrimination

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

Joining similar holdings from several other circuits, the Ninth Circuit recently held in Mayo v. PCC Structurals, Inc. that a depressed employee who threatened to kill his co-workers and was thereafter fired was not a qualified individual under the ADA.  The court therefore affirmed the district court’s summary judgment on the employee’s disability discrimination claim…. Continue Reading

Governor Signs Assembly Bill No. 987 – Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation is Protected Activity under FEHA

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

This bill was in direct response to the decision in Rope v. Auto-Clor System of Washington, Inc. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 635 (2013), which found that an employee who merely makes a request for an accommodation does not engage in protected activity for purposes of a FEHA retaliation claim.  Under this bill, the Government Code is… Continue Reading

EEOC Weighs in on Employer Wellness Programs

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Employer-sponsored “wellness programs” have become very popular, and are touted for the potential benefits to employees and employers alike: reduced absenteeism, lowered health care costs, reduced injuries, improved morale and productivity.  But are these programs compliant with the ADA and other federal laws? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued proposed regulations that… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision in Young v. UPS

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

The United State Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in the case of Young v. UPS on March 24, 2015.  As of now, Young’s pregnancy discrimination claim remains alive and well. Below is a summary of the court’s ruling: Factual and Procedural Background. Young was a part-time driver for UPS. When she became pregnant,… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Well Trained Supervisors – Your First Line of Defense

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

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 Seminars: Employment Law Update

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

2014  – A Year in Review 2015 – 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 2014 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employers in 2015. Sacramento Date:    January 8, 2015 Time:   9:00 a.m…. Continue Reading

Weintraub Tobin’s 2015 Labor & Employment Seminar 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

NOW AVAILABLE – Weintraub Tobin’s 2015 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training Schedule.   Click here for a copy of the schedule. If you have any questions on any of our seminars or would like to inquire on private, custom-tailored training, please contact: Ramona Carrillo 400 Capitol Mall, 11th Fl. Sacramento, CA 95814 916.558.6046 rcarrillo@weintraub.com

Upcoming Seminar: Employment Law Update

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

2014  – A Year in Review 2015 – 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 2014 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employers in 2015.  Sacramento Date:    January 8, 2015 Time:   9:00 a.m…. Continue Reading

SEAC Seminar: Untrained Supervisors – The Employer’s Achilles Heel II

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, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Wage & Hour

Supervisors are an employer’s first line of defense against claims and lawsuits. A well-trained supervisor can lower an employer’s risk of being involved in litigation and set the stage for the successful defense of claims that do arise. In addition, a well-trained supervisor is critical to creating and promoting a happy, productive work environment for… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: The World of Accommodations – Disabled Employees and Customers

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

Summary of Program Most business owners know that customers and employees may need to be accommodated from time to time for various reasons.  Often this is because of an employee’s disability, medical condition or a condition present on property owned by the business and open to the public.  It is important for business owners to… Continue Reading

Weintraub Tobin Announces the Addition of Vida L. Thomas to Our Labor & Employment Team

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, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour

The Labor and Employment Law group is proud to announce the addition of Vida L. Thomas to our team.  An AV-rated attorney who has practiced employment law for over 20 years, Vida has recently joined Weintraub Tobin as Of Counsel and will head up the Firm’s workplace investigations unit.  She began her career at Kronick… Continue Reading

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Pregnant Employees Discusses Employer’s Obligation to Accommodate and Not Discriminate

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, New Legislation and Regulations

On July 14, 2014 the EEOC issued its updated “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues” (“Guidance”).  The stated purpose of the Guidance is to provide information regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as they apply to pregnant employees.  In addition to the new Guidance, the EEOC… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar (Orange County): Think You’re Up On The Current Laws? April Fools!

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, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour

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 employers in 2014. Program Highlights New Federal and State Legislation and Regulatory Requirements Updates in the World of Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Law… 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

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

THE EEOC IS “OFF TO THE GINA RACES”

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Labor Law

JUST ONE WEEK AFTER FILING (& SETTLING) IT’S FIRST EVER “GINA” LAWSUIT, IT HAS NOW FILED ITS FIRST “GINA” CLASS ACTION By:  Lizbeth V. West, Esq. The EEOC issued a press release on May 16, 2013 announcing that it has filed a class action against The Founders Pavilion, Inc. (“Founders”), a nursing and rehabilitation center… 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.

Upcoming ADA Seminar: Defense Strategies and Attorney Fee Awards

Posted in Disability Discrimination

Join us at this year’s “ADA: Defense Strategies and Attorney Fee Awards in Light of Recent Legislation and Jankey v. Lee” seminar where Weintraub attorney Lizbeth West will be speaking as one of the panelist in regards to: An overview of the Jankey v. Lee decision Recent Federal and State Legislation Establishing available affirmative defenses… Continue Reading

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

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

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