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Reasonable Accommodation’s Mandate in Employment Statute Does Not Require Employer to Cut Essential Job Functions

On January 21, 2015, a California Appeals Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling in Nealy v. City of Santa Monica, 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 139 (February 13, 2015) granting summary judgment for the City of Santa Monica (“City”) on claims of disability discrimination, failure to provide reasonable accommodation, failure to engage in the interactive process, … Continue reading Reasonable Accommodation’s Mandate in Employment Statute Does Not Require Employer to Cut Essential Job Functions
February 26, 2015

Labor Code Sections 203 and 1190.2 Amended

The California Legislature has returned from its summer recess, with a fairly large number of employment bills to consider before the August 31st deadline.  Although the majority of bills introduced in 2014 remain pending, the Legislature hit the ground running passing several bills on to California Governor Jerry Brown who has either vetoed or signed … Continue reading Labor Code Sections 203 and 1190.2 Amended
August 22, 2014

It’s Time to Consider Updating Your Pregnancy Disability Leave Policies

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new Enforcement Guidance (“Guidance”) on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and related issues.  In its first update in over thirty (30) years, the Commission clarified how Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) interact to protect pregnant employees.  If you are an employer in … Continue reading It’s Time to Consider Updating Your Pregnancy Disability Leave Policies
August 5, 2014

“Fairly Lenient Standard” Typically Results in Conditional Certification of FLSA Collective Actions

On May 22, 2014, a California District Court conditionally certified a nationwide collective action covering about 1,500 female employees of Daiichi Sankyo Inc. (“DSI”) who allege the drug company paid them less than their male peers, ruling that the plaintiffs had met the low evidentiary burden to move forward collectively. In SARA WELLENS, et al., … Continue reading “Fairly Lenient Standard” Typically Results in Conditional Certification of FLSA Collective Actions
May 28, 2014

Spanish-Speaking Employees and English Arbitration Agreements

On April 21, 2014, a California Appellate Court held that an arbitration agreement is unconscionable and an employer cannot compel arbitration when the employer failed to translate the entirety of an English-language employment agreement containing an arbitration agreement, confidentiality clause, and enforceability provision for its Spanish-speaking employees. In Esteban H. Carmona et al. v. Lincoln … Continue reading Spanish-Speaking Employees and English Arbitration Agreements
May 15, 2014