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Home Improvement Company Settles Disability Discrimination Case for $8.6 Million

Lowe’s, a giant home impovement retail company with more than 1,800 stores in the United States, recently settled a nationwide disability discrimination lawsuit for firing thousands of workers due to disability. Discriminatory Acts  The company was accused of engaging in a pattern of discrimination against its workers with disabilities when: It fired workers and failed to provide reasonable accommodations for workers whose medical leaves of absence exceeded the company’s maximum leave policy It fired workers who had a record of […]

California Restaurant Pays Damages to Sexual Harassment Victims for Videotaping in Bathroom

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that retaliation arising from sexual harassment complaints are steadily increasing, making up as much as 45% of EEOC charges filed nationwide. A recent case that the EEOC investigated involved a California restaurant whose young male workers were subjected to sexual harassment. Videotaping without Consent  The male complainant was a server who alleged that the harasser videotaped him and other young male co-workers while they were using the men’s bathroom. For complaining, the worker […]

FTC Targets False Advertising of “All Natural” Personal Care Products

According to officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), several American companies have misrepresented their personal care products as being ‘all natural’ despite the fact these products list synthetic ingredients on their labels. The five companies that the FTC has identified as misrepresenting their products as all natural are: Beyond Costal – This Utah-based company is alleged to have advertised its sunscreens as “100% natural” even though they contain a synthetic called Dimethicone. EDEN BodyWorks, owned by ABS Consumer Products, […]

4 Major Updates to the California Fair Employment & Housing Act: What California Workers Need to Know

As of April 1, 2016, new amendments to the California Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) took effect, enhancing some protections for employees while instituting some new requirements for employers. The following provides an overview of these new FEHA amendments. New FEHA Amendments The latest updates to the FEHA & their impacts The latest updates to the FEHA include amendments that pertain to: The scope of FEHA – Expanding the coverage of the FEHA, this set of amendments dictates that […]

Employers Can Be Required to Make Reasonable Accommodations for Non-Disabled Employees, California Court Rules

Non-disabled employees in California who are associated with a disabled person can be entitled to reasonable accommodations from their employers, a California court recently ruled. Overturning the decision of a lower court, this ruling issued by California Court of Appeals, Second District, effectively clarifies employers’ duties to provide reasonable accommodations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Background on the Case The case at the center of this decision, Luis Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express (Case Nos. B261165 […]