A 56-year-old facilities coordinator who claimed her performance review was downgraded to justify her termination has been awarded $517,077 in damages. Dion Woodward sued Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles for age discrimination after she was fired and allegedly replaced with a 38-year-old. Woodward worked for Kaiser for 31 years and claimed she always received […]
Category: HR Management & Compliance
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Whenever you discipline or terminate an employee for misconduct, you open yourself up to the possibility of a defamation lawsuit if you say something negative about the person to other employees. But as a recent case shows, exercising caution in internal discussions about a worker’s wrongdoing can help keep you out of trouble, or provide […]
When a group of Latino Avis Rent-A-Car employees at the San Francisco International Airport filed a harassment lawsuit charging a manager with using derogatory racial epithets, they were awarded more than $100,000 in damages. But the workers didn’t stop there. They also convinced the court to issue an order barring the manager from making offensive […]
In a controversial ruling two years ago, a California Court of Appeal ruled that you could discharge high-earning employees over age 40 and replace them with lower-paid workers if your motivation was simply to save money. Labor organizations have sought to overturn the decision ever since, and now Governor Davis has signed legislation that does […]
Pacific Bell has agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it didn’t credit pregnancy leave toward an employee’s service when calculating retirement benefits. As many as 10,000 women who took leave before 1979, when Congress passed the federal law banning pregnancy discrimination, may share in the settlement. The class action suit was filed […]
A white female manager who charged that she was passed over for promotion in favor of an African-American man was awarded $2.6 million in damages. Patricia Steffes worked at PepsiCo for 24 years and claimed she had a long record of positive evaluations. When she complained about not getting promoted, the company allegedly retaliated by […]
The state high court has refused to throw out a $355,200 damage award to a lesbian employee who claimed she was fired after confiding to her boss she was gay. Jan Overholtzer worked for 18 years in the West Contra Costa Unified School District print shop. She said she revealed her sexual orientation to her […]
Two lawsuits charge California employers with misclassifying workers as exempt from overtime requirements. In one case, Denny’s is accused of failing to pay overtime to 1,500 managers. The suit alleges Denny’s understaffed its restaurants, causing managers to spend more than half their time performing nonmanagerial tasks such as serving food. Denny’s says its compensation system […]
The new EEOC guidelines on liability for harassment by supervisors emphasize the importance of thoroughly and impartially investigating harassment complaints. Your inquiry should include interviews of the victim, the alleged harasser and other witnesses who might have relevant information. The goal is to find out who was involved, what happened, and when, where and how […]
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released new guidelines interpreting and expanding on last year’s Supreme Court rulings on automatic employer liability for sexual harassment by supervisors. The new guidelines are a helpful benchmark for measuring whether your anti-harassment policies and practices make the grade.