Discrimination & Harassment

URGENT CA: California Law Bans Hair Discrimination

California has become the first state in the nation to prohibit discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles. The bill expands the definition of “race” under state anti-discrimination law to include traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles. On July 3, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the CROWN Act – which stands …

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CA LAWlert: New California Employment Laws Will Require Significant Changes in 2019

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law several bills that will have significant impact on employers’ workplace obligations. Effective January 1, 2019, the new laws will restrict nondisclosure agreements and certain settlement agreements covering harassment and discrimination claims, significantly expand harassment training obligations (including for employers of under 50), require female quotas on California-headquartered …

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CA UPDATE: California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Law Updating Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

On the heels of New York State’s first deadline for new anti-harassment laws, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1343 into law on September 30, 2018. SB 1343 amends certain sections of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act so that employers must provide harassment prevention training to all employees. Previously, California employers of …

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URGENT NY UPDATE: New York State and NYC Implements Sexual Harassment Laws

New York State and New York City have passed sweeping laws aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace and limiting the use of mandatory arbitration and non-disclosure provisions in resolving sexual harassment claims. These new protections, which are now law in New York State and New York City, will require New York employers to revise …

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Urgent Guardian HR Alert: New U.S. Supreme Court Rulings

The United States Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in the case of United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013), and an additional important decision in the matter of Hollingsworth, et al. v. Perry, No. 12-144 (June 26, 2013). THE DECISIONS In Windsor, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act of …

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California Employer LAWlert: Action Required – New Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy Requirements Start April 1

New regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which  prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on race and gender, among other protected categories, will go into effect on April 1, 2016. Among other things, the new regulations add the following provisions to FEHA: A requirement that businesses with five (5) …

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Employers Can Be Liable For Discrimination Against Temporary Workers

Generally, discrimination statutes require that a worker filing a discrimination lawsuit be an employee of the company being sued. However, a recent decision from the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to New Jersey employers) extended the reach of the potential “employment relationship” to include temporary workers who are employed by a …

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Safety First: How to Keep the Workplace and Your Employees Safe

If you have any exposure to the daily news or, in some places, just look out your window, you can find more than ample proof that the world is a scary place. Life can be dangerous and difficult, and everyone is constantly looking for ways to minimize their risk. Recent Shooting Sparks Concern Sometimes our …

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Excellent Example of How NOT to Handle ADA Matters

An alcoholic employee disclosed his dependency issues to his employer. After completing treatment, the employee was terminated. Add suspected associational discrimination to the mix, and the employer finds itself in hot water over alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations. Employer Pins Rate Hike on Employee’s Daughter In February 1982, Damon Adams began working at …

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