Can Employers Discriminate Against Medical Marijuana Users?

Can Employers Discriminate Against Medical Marijuana Users?

Is Medical Marijuana Discrimination Legal in California? As an employment attorney and California resident, my first (knee-jerk) response to that question was “No. There’s just no way an employer can get away with discriminating against a disabled employee who uses medical marijuana at home.” In California, employers can’t discriminate against employees for their medical conditions…

New Laws Protect Undocumented Workers From Retaliation

New Laws Protect Undocumented Workers From Retaliation

Orange County Employment Attorney: One of the many new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2014 will operate to protect the rights of undocumented workers in California by punishing employers who use threats of deportation to retaliate against employees who complain of unsafe working conditions, sexual harassment and other civil rights violations. SB666, drafted…

UPS to Pay $700,000 In Attorney Fees After $27K Verdict

UPS to Pay $700,000 In Attorney Fees After $27k Verdict

Orange County Employment Attorney: Ouch. A December decision by a federal appellate court is sure to intrigue employment attorneys as well as hopeful plaintiffs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed an award of nearly $700,000 in attorney fees against UPS even though a jury only awarded $27,000 in damages to its…

Oakland Raiders Sued for Wage Theft by Cheerleaders

Oakland Raiders Sued for Wage Theft by Cheerleaders

Orange County Employment Attorney: The Raiderettes have filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court this Wednesday alleging the Oakland Raiders are guilty of wage theft and unfair employment practices according to the San Jose Mercury News. The cheerleaders allege that Oakland Raiders’ management unlawfully withholds their wages until after the close of season, which a…

No Love From SCOTUS: Bingham McCutchen's Appeal Rejected

No Love From SCOTUS: Bingham McCutchen’s Appeal Rejected

Orange County Employment Attorney: Following its January 10th conference, the U.S. Supreme Court released its list of cases it will take and it appears that Bingham McCutchen has been left standing without a rose. This rejection dashes Bingham’s final hope to overturn a December 2012 trial court ruling that denied Bingham’s attempt to force a disability…

FBI Discriminated Against Disabled Army Veteran

FBI Found Liable for Employment Discrimination Against Disabled Veteran

Orange County Employment Attorney: According to a Federal jury, Veteran Army Ranger Justin Slaby was subject to unlawful employment discrimination based on his disability at the hands of none other than the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).  As an Army Ranger, Slaby served two tours in Iraq and another in Afghanistan.  After his non-dominant left…

Bingham McCutchen Hit With Discovery Sanctions

Bingham McCutchen Hit With Discovery Sanctions

Orange County Employment Attorney: Great news! The OC Employment Attorney Blog’s own Tamara Freeze recently won a Motion to Compel discovery responses which also resulted in the trial court issuing monetary sanctions of $2,450 against defendant Bingham McCutchen LLP for its abuse of the discovery process (see the court’s order here). Plaintiff Hartwell Harris (who has maintained…

How Much Pregnancy Leave Can I Take?

How Much Pregnancy Leave Can I Take?

Orange County Employment Attorney: Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and now Carrie Mathison? It sure feels like everyone’s getting pregnant these days, which is why it’s no surprise that one of most common questions I get asked is: “How much time can I take off work for pregnancy leave?” THE QUICK ANSWER Like all legal questions,…

New Laws Protect Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation

New Laws Protect Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation

Orange County Employment Lawyer: Thanks to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and the vital contribution it received from the California Employment Lawyers Association, California has implemented landmark regulations protecting employment rights of pregnant workers.  These regulations have been updated to be even more far-reaching, with broad definitions of disability and reasonable accommodation rights.  …