California Employment Law Report

California Employment Law Report

The latest litigation trends, court decisions, & issues on California Employment Law

Tag Archives: sexual harassment

Friday’s Five: When hugs can constitute harassment

Posted in Uncategorized
Plaintiff Victoria Ztwick worked as a correctional office for the County of Yolo. See Zetwick v. County of Yolo.  She sued the County and her supervisor, Sheriff Edward Prieto alleging that the supervisor’s conduct over a 12-year period created a hostile work environment.  She alleged the harassment consisted of Prieto hugging her on more than… Continue Reading

Allegations made from Uber employee reminds CA employers about their obligations to conduct effective investigations into harassment claims

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Harassment and discrimination
A former employee at Uber has made news this week in claiming that she was subjected to sexual harassment while working at Uber, and her complaints were not satisfactorily resolved.  I don’t want to get into the judgment of who was possibly right or wrong in this case, but use it as a good opportunity… Continue Reading

Only four months into 2016, new regulations require review of policies

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update
Yes, it is only April, but even if employers updated their handbooks at the beginning of 2016, they should take another look at the handbooks to ensure they comply with new regulations issued by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council.  The new regulations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act are effective April 1, 2016.… Continue Reading

Five point checklist: sexual harassment and reducing liability in the workplace

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Resources
Employers need to review their compliance with California’s sexual harassment training requirements on a periodic basis.  When doing so, it is a good time to update policies and remind employees about the company’s policies on a routine basis – not just when a complaint is made.  This Friday’s Five provides reminders about sexual harassment training… Continue Reading

Steps California employers should take to comply with employment law changes in 2015 – part one

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, New Cases
The laws passed in 2014 added some new posting requirements and resulted in the need to revise some of the notices California employers are required to provide to employees. This Friday’s Five Best Practices article sets out five items California employers should review before the start of 2015: 1. Review newly published frequently asked questions… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five steps to prevent sexual harassment claims

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks
1. Have a good anti-harassment policy and conduct required training for supervisors. It is legally required that all California employers provide information to employees regarding harassment. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing provides the following guidelines for employers: Employers must help ensure a workplace free from sexual harassment by distributing to employees information on… Continue Reading

Reader Question – Workplace Relationships

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wrongful Termination
Q:  Is it "Illegal" to work with a relative as your co-worker or supervisor, or is it left up to the facility/business to make rules regarding how/who they hire as their employees? There is nothing in California law that prohibits family members from working together. However, many companies institute non-fraternization or anti-nepotism policies as a… Continue Reading