The U.S. Department of Justice Agrees to Help Protect Transgender People

By | 2015-01-05T21:13:36+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA|

In a memo, dated December 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice publicly acknowledged it will now bring claims against public employers on behalf of workers who have been discriminated against because they are transgender. At play is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Previously, the Justice Department interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights [...]

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California Employment Laws Protect A Mother’s Right to Breastfeed

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:39+00:00 May 16th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA, Uncategorized|

California law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed by ensuring nursing mothers have time and space to express breast milk at the workplace, and by prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of breastfeeding. Under California law, “every employer, including the state and any political subdivision, is required to provide a reasonable amount of time [...]

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Men Can Be Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By | 2015-01-06T13:30:31+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|Sexual Harassment|

In a common sexual harassment scenario, a male supervisor sexually harasses a female subordinate by making sexually explicit comments, touching her inappropriately, or engaging in other harassing behavior. But sexual harassment isn’t just a “women’s issue.” Men are frequently victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, and California and federal law protect men and women [...]

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California Law Protects Victims of Same-Sex Sexual Harassment

By | 2015-01-06T13:30:59+00:00 April 25th, 2014|Discrimination, FEHA, Sexual Harassment, Uncategorized|

It is a common misconception that sexual harassment in the workplace only occurs between men and women. In California, same-sex and opposite-sex sexual harassment are equally prohibited under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Government Code §12940 et seq. A recent case, Lewis v. City of Benicia, illustrates this point. The employee, Brian Lewis, was [...]

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