Disabilities: California Court Goes ‘Where No One Has Gone Before’

By Cathleen S. Yonahara, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP A California Court of Appeal has found that an employer may be liable under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for failing to accommodate a nondisabled employee’s request to modify his work schedule to care for a disabled family member. The court’s interpretation of […]

Amendments to FEHA—What Employers Need to Know

By Joan Farrell, JD, Senior Legal Editor New amendments have recently been approved to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations, and employers must take notice and act accordingly. BLR® Senior Legal Editor Joan Farrell, JD, has the necessary information to bring you up to speed.

FEHA-Compliant Job Descriptions—Some Do’s and Don’ts

Yesterday, attorney Marc L. Jacuzzi described how job descriptions and the way they outline essential functions are critical to Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) compliance; today, he shares a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to crafting these job descriptions.

Keep Your Job Descriptions FEHA-Compliant!

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) expands upon federal prohibitions against discrimination. As it applies to employers with five or more workers, your organization most likely needs to comply—and your job descriptions need to be crafted carefully to stay on the right side of the law. Here’s some help from attorney Marc L. Jacuzzi.

Inconsistent Discipline + Termination = Near-Certain Lawsuit

It’s important to remember that discipline must be applied consistently among all employees. For example, if employee A and employee B, similarly situated, engage in similar misconduct, both employees should receive the same type of discipline. Ignore this rule at your peril.

What Are the Rules for Mixed-Motive Bias in California?

In early 2013, the California Court of Appeals ruled in favor of an employee in a so-called “mixed-motive” case (when an employer has both unlawful and legitimate reasons for taking an adverse employment action) brought under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).