“Cultural Differences” Don’t Justify Racial Discrimination

June 30, 2013 Legal Team
Paula Deen, long-time cooking show host and author of numerous cookbooks, recently learned that the Food Network can't stand the heat and is kicking her out of the kitchen for racial discrimination. Deen is famous for her deeply Southern, often sweet and fatty comfort foods.  Deen's Southern roots have landed her in the fryer this time, as...
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Victory for California Employees

June 27, 2013 Legal Team
Lately, it seems like courts have all been jumping on the arbitration bandwagon, sending ever-increasing number of employee lawsuits to arbitration.  Courts have allowed employers to force all of their employees to arbitrate any claims against the employers and even allowed employers to use arbitration agreements to prevent their employees from filing class action...
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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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