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Additional Harassment and Discrimination Protections for California Employees Signed into Law

On September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 1300 (SB 1300), which amends the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The law goes into effect January 1, 2019, and expands protections for employees with respect to harassment and/or discrimination claims.  The highlights of the new bill are: Employer Responsibility for Harassment Committed by Nonemployees SB 1300 provides that an employer may be responsible for nonemployees’ sexual harassment or other unlawful harassment of the company’s employees […]

California Extends Family Leave to Small Businesses

Starting on January 1, 2018, about 2.8 million small business workers in California will become eligible to take 12 weeks of parental leave to care for a newborn without losing their jobs. Two decades ago, the federal government passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), which granted parental leave to workers employed by large businesses – defined as 50 employees or more. With the current makeup of the federal government, any expansion of worker protections at the federal level is extremely unlikely and a […]

EEOC Reaches $10M Settlement with Motor Vehicle Giant in Employment Discrimination and Harassment Case

Last month, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had reached an agreement with Ford Motor Company to pay more than $10 million in an employment discrimination and harassment case. The lawsuit, brought by the federal agency, focused on alleged discriminatory and harassing behavior against black and female workers at two of Ford’s facilities in Chicago. During the course of its investigation, the EEOC indicated that it had reasonable cause to believe that workers were subjected […]

Age Discrimination Case Brought by EEOC Results in $12M Settlement

Last month, Texas Roadhouse, a national restaurant chain, was ordered to pay $12 million to settle an employment discrimination case filed by the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC alleged that the restaurant chain violated federal law by adapting a nationwide pattern of age discrimination when hiring hourly employees to work front-of-the-house, such as hosts, servers, and bartenders. According to the EEOC, Texas Roadhouse discriminated against applicants over the age of 40 by refusing to hire them for these […]

Study Finds 1 in 4 Victims of Workplace Discrimination Face Stress and Depression

A study by VitalSmarts, a leadership training firm, found that more than 1-in4 employees who experience discrimination at work suffer from feelings of depression, anxiety, frustration, and helplessness. The study’s researchers polled 500 victims of discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status and sexual orientation.  The polled employees also reported that they feel that bias in their workplace is widespread, enduring, and unmanageable: Widespread: 49% of victims feel that […]

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