Employee’s Appeal Reversed on Sexual Harassment Claim

June 26, 2013 Legal Team
In Westerndorf v. West Coast Contractors of Nevada, Inc. the Ninth Circuit recently reversed the lower Court's summary adjudication of a Plaintiff's claim for retaliation on the basis of sex despite the fact that it affirmed summary adjudication on the sexual harassment itself.Plaintiff Jennifer Westendorf filed suit against her former employer West Coast Contractor for, among other things,...
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Pregnant Employees May Be Entitled to Additional Leave

June 24, 2013 Legal Team
An employee who was disabled as a result of her pregnancy and had exhausted all leave under California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”) and the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) was entitled to additional leave as a reasonable accommodation under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the California Court of Appeal has ruled in...
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Yahoo Eliminates Telecommuting – Violation of ADA?

June 20, 2013 Legal Team
In late February of 2013, Yahoo! implemented a policy banning its employees from working from home (i.e. no telecommuting).  The official company stance in an internal memo was that “some of the best decisions and insights from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings” and “[w]e need to be one...
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The Price Is Wrong

June 19, 2013 Legal Team
A California judge says a case against “The Price Is Right” should go to trial. A former model for the game, Lanisha Cole, show is suing the show's producers and production company for sexual harassment and wrongful constructive discharge. The trial judge has denied the defendants' motion to dismiss and has scheduled a trial to begin...
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Abercrombie & Fitch Under Fire Again for Religious Discrimination

June 8, 2013 Legal Team
The well-known clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is in hot water again for religious discrimination. According to a complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Abercrombie failed to hire female applicant Halla Banafa because she wore a hijab – an Islamic religious head scarf – to the job interview at the store...
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