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Employers Cannot Consider Prior Salary History to Justify Wage Gap under the Federal Equal Pay Act

On April 9, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Rizo v. Yovino, holding that employers cannot consider an employee’s prior salary either alone or in combination with other factors to justify salary differentials between men and women for the purposes of the federal Equal Pay Act. Aileen Rizo was hired...… Continue Reading The post Employers Cannot Consider Prior Salary History to Justify Wage Gap under the Federal Equal Pay Act appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
April 20, 2018

Court May Make Reasonable Inferences about Employee’s Exempt, Non-Exempt Activities

A trier of fact can make reasonable inferences about employees’ duties to determine status for overtime pay under California labor law, the California Court of Appeal has ruled, affirming the trial court’s holding. Batze v. Safeway, Inc.,  No. B258732 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 4, 2017). A group of assistant store managers claimed they should have … Continue Reading The post Court May Make Reasonable Inferences about Employee’s Exempt, Non-Exempt Activities appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
April 21, 2017

New Laws Enhance California’s Equal Pay Act

On September 30, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills designed to address ongoing concern of pay inequity. A.B. 1676 amends the California Fair Pay Act by prohibiting employers from relying on an employee’s prior salary to justify a disparity between the salaries of similarly situated employees.  S.B. 1063 extends the Fair … Continue Reading The post New Laws Enhance California’s Equal Pay Act appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
October 21, 2016

California Court of Appeal Expands FEHA’s Reasonable Accommodation Requirements to Employees Who are Associated with a Person with Disabilities

In Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., decided April 4, 2016, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who are associated with a person with disabilities. Plaintiff Luis Castro-Ramirez’s son was in need of a kidney transplant, required … Continue Reading The post California Court of Appeal Expands FEHA’s Reasonable Accommodation Requirements to Employees Who are Associated with a Person with Disabilities appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
April 15, 2016

Plaintiff and Defendant Are “Prevailing Parties” in Same Action

In Sharif v. Mehusa, Inc., (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Oct. 14, 2015) 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 897, plaintiff brought three claims for unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, and violation of California’s Equal Pay Act against her former employer. At trial, plaintiff only succeeded on her Equal Pay Act claim and was awarded $26,300. As the prevailing … Continue Reading
October 23, 2015