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 a case of first impression. Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., No. B237761 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 21, 2013). Continue reading “Pregnant Employees May be Entitled to Additional Leave”
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 Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.” Continue reading “Yahoo Eliminates Telecommuting – Violation of ADA?”
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 May 21, 2013.
The plaintiff began appearing on the game show in 2003. She claims the alleged harassment started in December of 2009. At that time, she says one of the show’s producers stopped talking to her and began bestowing preferential treatment on another model with whom he was involved in a romantic relationship. Continue reading “The Price is Wrong”
A Vista Superior Court jury awarded Kimberli Hirst $1.5 million for a pattern of ongoing sexual harassment an officer of the Oceanside Police Department. Kimberli was a contract phlebotomist who took blood samples from those accused of driving under the influence. She was employed by American Forensic Nurses.
The officer accused of the sexual harassment admitted to making inappropriate and suggestive comments, however he claimed that she invited the attention. The Oceanside Police Department and the City of Oceanside claim that the contract employee never complained of the harassment and they only learned of the offensive behavior when a security guard who overheard conversations between the contract employee and the male officer. Continue reading “$1.5M Sexual Harassment Win For Contract Phlebotomist”
HOO Likes Some Discrimination?
Sandra Lupo had been a waitress at Hooters since 2005. She’s 27 years old. Recently, she had to undergo brain surgery to remove a cranial mass. When she was cleared to return to work last July she met with her manager. Her manager said she had to wear a wig now during her shifts. Hooters requires female employees to “acknowledge and affirm” the following: Continue reading “Hooters and Disability Discrimination”