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 both on discrimination and legitimate reasons can trigger attorney fees and declaratory or injunctive relief for a plaintiff but not damages, back pay or reinstatement.

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For years, California’s employers have suspected that the EEOC is not the neutral investigative agency it holds itself out to be. Through the process of dealing with recalcitrant advocates, err investigators, employers know all too well that often times the EEOC seems to be on a mission that is anything but a straight forward fact finding mission. The EEOC’s latest alleged actions further demonstrate that this Federal Governmental Agency may now have fully crossed the Maginot line into the land of openly being one of the many employee side plaintiff’s law firms that dot California’s golden shores.

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By:   Lizbeth V. West, Esq.

Gov. Brown signed AB 1875 on September 17, 2012. The new law essentially brings California civil procedure in line with federal civil procedure and, absent an exception or some other relief by the court, limits depositions to seven (7) hours in length. 

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