San Francisco loses wrongful termination case

A former San Francisco Chief Trial Deputy, Joanne Hoeper, received a $2 million award in a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Hoeper filed a lawsuit against Herrera when she was terminated in 2014, claiming Herrera retaliated against her for having led a possible fraud investigation in 2012. […]

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

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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Unwanted hugging may be sexual harassment

According to the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals, excessive hugging may be determined to be sexual harassment. In February 2017, a three-judge panel overturned a 2014 case against Yolo County Sheriff Edward G. Prieto, who allegedly hugged a female officer over 100 times between 1998 and 2012. The lawsuit was filed by Victoria Zetwick, […]

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

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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