California Assembly to vote on bill that would give more workers 12 weeks of parental leave

California Parental Leave

In September, the California Assembly will vote on a Senate-passed bill that would require smaller companies to provide the same amount of unpaid parental leave as larger companies. If lawmakers and the governor approve the bill, businesses with at least 20 employees will be required to offer continued health coverage and job protection to their […]

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California to begin anti-discrimination testing of Airbnb hosts

Airbnb Racial Discrimination

Regulators at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing plan to begin testing Airbnb hosts to prevent discrimination. This decision comes after a recent incident in which an Airbnb host in Big Bear, California, was fined for discrimination after cancelling a reservation because the guest was Asian-American. The guest, Dyne Suh, was on her […]

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University of California IT workers file age, national origin discrimination lawsuit

Age Discrimination Lawyer

After over 50 university employees were replaced by an offshore outsourcing firm, the former IT workers announced that they intend to file a discrimination lawsuit to challenge their termination. The former tech workers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campus claim they were victims of age and national origin discrimination. In February 2017, […]

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Transgender man sues Dignity Health after gender transition surgery denial

Gender Discrimination Attorney

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a transgender patient after Dignity Health Hospital in Sacramento denied a hysterectomy in their transition from female to male. The suit alleges that Dignity Health withheld medical care because of Evan Minton’s gender identity, which is sex discrimination under California’s Unruh Civil […]

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California Senate bill mandating 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave for small companies passes committee

Paid Parental Leave

A California Senate committee passed a new bill that would require smaller businesses to offer three months of job-protected maternity/paternity leave for child-parent bonding. While the state already mandates companies with at least 50 workers to provide 12 weeks of parental leave, Senate Bill 63, the New Parent Leave Act, would apply to companies with […]

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Records show high rate of sexual misconduct by faculty at UC campuses

University of California Campus Sexual Misconduct

A release of public records revealed that over 113 cases of alleged sexual misconduct by employees occurred within the University of California (UC) system within the last three years. The San Jose Mercury News requested the records after several incidents of sexual misconduct by UC Berkeley professors and administration who avoided serious punishment came to […]

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Proposed class-action lawsuit dismissed when judge rules restaurant chain layoffs not in violation of WARN Act

Sexual Harassment at Work

A California judged dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit against a restaurant chain filed by former workers who claimed that 3,000 employees were laid off without due warning. The proposed suit alleges that, during Catalina Restaurant Group’s restructuring in April 2015, the restaurant chain failed to provide proper notice of the mass layoff. Those affected were […]

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Proposed bill would change the way employers hire part-time and temporary workers

Employee Wage Abuse

A new California Bill proposed to the state assembly would require businesses with over 10 employees to offer existing employees extra work hours before hiring additional staff, contractors, temporary workers or other part-time workers to take over those hours and job tasks. The bill was written by California assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher with the intent […]

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Taxi company settles citation for employee misclassification and failing to provide workers’ compensation

Employee Misclassification

A Santa Rosa, California, taxi company was held accountable for misclassifying its 30 drivers as independent contractors and refusing to provide them with worker’s compensation insurance coverage, is now settling its $522,300 citation. In October 2016, a Sonoma County Superior Court judge issued the A-C Transportation a Stop Order judgement for the company’s refusal to […]

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New Senate Bills introduced that would expand existing California family leave legislation

California Family Leave Legislation

Family leave requirements are slated to improve for California workers after Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, amended and reintroduced bills that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed last year. Under current legislation, workers are allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid protected leave to care for seriously ill family members. Jackson’s Senate Bill (SB) 62 would expand […]

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