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Employment Law

California law covers vacation pay disputes, not Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the federal minimum-wage and overtime rules. Contrary to what many workers seem to believe, it does not guarantee additional wage-related benefits such as vacation or sick-time pay. Employees whose employers provide such benefits can’t sue under the FLSA, claiming they weren’t paid as promised.

Plaintiff need not be ‘clearly superior’ to comparator to prevail in discrimination cases

An employer has lost a bid to force workers to show they are “clearly superior” to another employee before challenging a termination decision. Workers need only compare their treatment to other, similarly situated workers when challenging firing, hiring or promotion decisions.

Never ignore supervisor harassment

When employees complain that their supervisor is engaging in harassing behavior, don’t ignore the complaints. Instead, fully investigate and make sure any comments stop, fast. Then check back to verify the environment has indeed changed.

Note refusal to cooperate in ADA process

When a disabled worker needs an accommodation, the process is supposed to be interactive, with give-and-take discussions over what’s an appropriate and reasonable accommodation. If an employee won’t cooperate, carefully document her refusal.

California becomes 3rd state to bar ‘no rehire’ clauses

In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB749, legislation that prohibits employers from barring sexual harassment victims from being rehired by the employer.

Finite leave may be valid accommodation

It’s a difficult problem: A new employee hasn’t yet earned any leave but needs to take time off for a disability-related reason. It’s a mistake to automatically terminate such an employee. Slow down.

Despite law, 70 California firms have no women on boards

Last year, the state passed a law requiring companies headquartered in California to have at least one female director on their board. As a result, female representation in California boardrooms has risen 23%. However, not all California firms received the message.

Prior service counts toward FMLA eligibility

To be eligible for job-protected FMLA leave, employees must have worked for you for at least one year and for 1,250 hours in the preceding year. The minimum one-year service requirement, however, doesn’t have to be met by a single, uninterrupted 52-week period.

EEOC claims $486 million for victims of workplace bias

The EEOC secured $486 million for victims of discrimination in the workplace in fiscal year 2019, according to the commission’s annual financial report.

Hiring doesn’t end accommodation process

The obligation to accommodate disabled job applicants is ongoing, throughout the employee’s tenure on the job. That’s the lesson recently learned by an employer that should have known better.