New Regulations Require Most CA Employers to Update their Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies by April 1st

The California agency tasked with enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation laws, the Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH), has recently implemented new regulations that will require California employers with five or more employees to revise their workplace policies and/or employee handbooks by April 1, 2016.  Specifically, the regulations require employers to say more to employees about the topics of anti-discrimination and anti-harassment

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L.A. City Council Approves $1.5 Million Payment To Police Officer Subjected to Racial Harassment

The L.A. Times has reported that the Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.5 million payment to Earl Wright, an African American police officer who alleged to have experienced routine race-related harassment while working for the Police Department.  According to the article, Mr. Wright said he was “repeatedly humiliated by co-workers who carried out racial pranks and made derogatory remarks.”  The L.A. Times further reported

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New California Law Confirms That “Sexual Desire” is Not an Element of a Sexual Harassment Claim

Governor Brown on Monday signed into law a new bill stating that the plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit need not prove that the sexually harassing conduct was “motivated by sexual desire.” The law, Senate Bill 292, is a reaction to Kelley v. Conco Companies, 196 Cal. App. 4th 191 (2011), in which the plaintiff, an apprentice ironworker, sued Conco, one of the largest concrete construction companies

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Jury Awards LAPD Officer $2.8 Million in Retaliation Case

The L.A. Times has reported a stunning $2.8 million jury verdict in favor of former LAPD officer Pedro Torres, who alleged that after he testified on behalf of another officer to support that officer’s claims of harassment in the workplace, the department retaliated against him by taking various adverse employment actions that ultimately concluded in him being unable to continue working as a cop.  The

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California Appellate Court Approves Nearly $2.25 Million Jury Verdict in Sexual Harassment Case

In an unpublished opinion, Moran v. Qwest Communs. Int’l, 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6269 (Aug. 27, 2012), the California Court of Appeal approved a nearly $2.25 million jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff, finding the defendants—plaintiff’s employer, Qwest Corporation, and plaintiff’s supervisor, Dennis Sherwood—liable for sexual harassment and finding defendant Qwest liable for failure to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment and for terminating

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Muslim Pakistani Employee’s Religious and National Origin Harassment Claims Allowed to Proceed to Trial

In Rehmani v. Superior Ct., 204 Cal. App. 4th 945 (2012), the California Court of Appeal overturned the trial court’s order granting summary adjudication to the plaintiff’s former employer, Ericsson, Inc., concluding that triable issues of fact existed as to the defendant’s liability for harassment.  Id. at 948. In this case, Ericsson fired the plaintiff after a human resources investigation concluded that he had sent two emails

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