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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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 Court Shuts Courtroom Door on Employee Suing Her Employer for Firing Her in Retaliation for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The California Court of Appeal in Dutra v. Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 1013 (Cal. App. 3d Dist. Sept. 26, 2012), has closed the courtroom door to plaintiffs seeking to sue their employers for firing them in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, holding that such claims can be brought only before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and not in court. In Dutra,

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Stunning $167 Million Verdict to Plaintiff Alleging Sexual Harassment and Retaliation by Her Employer

A Sacramento jury in federal court has awarded more than $167 million to Ani Chopourian, who alleged that her former employer, Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West), sexually harassed her and illegally retaliated against her for repeatedly complaining about patient and employee safety, abuse against women, and unsafe hospital conditions. In this case, the jury heard evidence that during the plaintiff’s employment with

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California Court of Appeal Holds Supervisors Cannot Be Personally Liable for Discrimination or Retaliation Against Employees Seeking Military Leaves of Absence

In Haligowski v. Superior Court, 200 Cal. App. 4th 983 (2011), the Court of Appeal considered whether supervisors can be personally liable for discriminating or retaliating against employees who seek time off from work to comply with their military obligations, concluding that they cannot. In this case, the plaintiff was called to active duty with the Navy, and when he returned from his six-month deployment in Iraq

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California Court Affirms Nearly $2.5 Million Verdict In Retaliation Case

In Green v. Laibco, LLC, 192 Cal. App. 4th 441 (2011), the Court affirmed a jury verdict awarding plaintiff $1,237,086 in compensatory damages and an equal amount in punitive damages on plaintiff’s claims that she was terminated “because of her complaints about patient care and safety, because she refused to give false information to the State Department of Health Care Services, and because she complained about

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