March 9, 2016

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing recently issued a Guide on Transgender Employee Rights.  Among other things, it provides guidance regarding “gender expression” as a class protected from discrimination and harassment under California law (defi...

March 9, 2016


California employers must distribute certain information to their employees regarding sexual harassment[1].  Additionally, effective April 1, 2016, employers with five or more employees must have written procedures designed to prevent harassment, discrimination and...

December 23, 2015


We hope as you prepare for 2016 you are familiar with the changes to laws that have been passed in the last year.  Below are some of the changes that might affect you.

  • Equal Pay.  As discussed in previous articles, California's equal pay laws have been strengthen...

November 15, 2015

Veteran’s Day always reminds me of my grandparents, who fought in World War II, and other family members who are, or have been, in the military.  It also reminds me that California and federal law prohibit harassment and discrimination of employees because of their vet...

October 23, 2015


The governor signed the Fair Pay Act, SB-358 Conditions of employment: gender wage differential this month.  It amends Labor Code section 1197.5 to strengthen protection against retaliation for employees who inquire about pay or share their own pay.  It also requires...

September 8, 2015

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (“EPA”) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), a federal law. The FLSA, as amended, prohibits the unequal pay of women and men, or wage discrimination, of individuals who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and r...

August 4, 2015


California law, and specifically, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace on the basis of:


  • RaceAge (40 and over)

  • Ancestry

  • Color

  • Religious Creed (including religious dress and grooming prac...

April 7, 2015


The process for bringing a complaint of discrimination as a federal employee involves short deadlines.  For example, the employee or former employee (complainant) must contact an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) counselor within 45 days of a discriminatory incident...

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