A large proposed class-action lawsuit called Bradley v. T-Mobile filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco raises a legal argument that advertising for employees on Facebook may involve illegal employment discrimination based on age.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a press release announcing an $850,000 settlement in a sexual harassment and retaliation suit against Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area and an affiliated employer.
All California employers have a legal responsibility to pay wages and salaries in nondiscriminatory fashion. We recently published a post about a new California law that took effect on January 1, 2018, that forbids employers from asking new hires - either orally or in writing - about their past salary levels or wage amounts.
Employers just gained a huge victory from the United States Supreme Court regarding the arbitration of employment-related claims. On May 21, 2018, in a narrow 5-4 decision, the Court held that employers may include a clause in their employment contracts that requires employees to arbitrate their disputes individually, and to waive their rights to pursue class action lawsuits against their employers.
We recently wrote about a new California state law that took effect on January 1 imposing new legal responsibilities on employers in certain immigration-related situations. To recap, the main provisions of the law require California employers to:
Duggan Law Corporation is proud to announce that Laura McHugh has joined the firm as a shareholder. Laura brings more than 22 years of experience defending and counseling employers of all sizes in labor and employment law matters.
California, along with the rest of America, is experiencing an explosion of awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace, as more people come forward to publicly report their own stories. Employers of all types and sizes in the state are understandably concerned about protecting their own employees and keeping their workplaces in compliance with state and federal laws against illegal discrimination and harassment.
Do your company's job applications ask applicants to check a box if they have previous criminal convictions? You may want to double-check before January 1, when California's new "ban the box" law goes into effect statewide.
How do you determine what to pay new hires? While some employers have set wages for certain positions, starting salaries are often negotiable. To gauge what salary applicants may be expecting, some employers include questions about past salaries on job applications. Starting January 1, this practice will be illegal in California.
At a time when it is easy to find personal information about most people online, it might seem like any question is fair game for a job application. However, while many aspects of job applications are left to the discretion of employers, there are also things California law prevents employers from asking applicants about.