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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Where Employer Treated Similarly Situated Employees Differently, Ninth Circuit Allowed Employee’s Discrimination Claims to Proceed to Trial

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal opinion in Zeinali v. Raytheon Co., 636 F.3d 544 (9th Cir. 2011), marks yet another reminder that employers that treat similarly situated employees differently can set themselves up for costly discrimination lawsuits. In Zeinali, the plaintiff, who is of Iranian descent, had been employed by Raytheon for approximately four years.  At the start of his employment, Raytheon informed the plaintiff that

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