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Complying with sexual harassment prevention training

Complying with sexual harassment prevention training

Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in many workplaces in California and across the country. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing clearly defines sexual harassment, which essentially includes someone making unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors in return for career advancement or some other reward. No matter the particulars, sexual

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Police records subpoenaed in Activision case

Police records subpoenaed in Activision case

Many in California have probably already heard about the extensive investigation into unlawful employment practices at a major video game company. Activision Blizzard, Inc. has been an industry leader in computer gaming for years, but recently, the company has come under fire because of a considerable number of complaints from current and former employees regarding

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New federal law may provide powerful tool for #MeToo movement

New federal law may provide powerful tool for #MeToo movement

Lawmakers are currently considering a new proposal, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021. If passed, the proposal would remove the ability of an employer to force pre-dispute arbitration agreements for those who allege workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault. What does this bill cover? This proposal defines sexual

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Understanding disability discrimination

Disabled individuals in California and elsewhere face unique challenges as they try to navigate their places of employment. While employers are required by law to provide accommodations for disabled employees, some choose to ignore the rules and even resort to discriminating against disabled employees because of their condition. It’s important to understand what constitutes disability

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Celebrity stylist sued for sexual harassment, discrimination

A California hair stylist in Los Angeles who has worked with some of the biggest names in showbusiness is facing lawsuits from a former employee. The stylist has won awards for her work, including being named 2012 Celebrity Stylist of the Year, and she has worked with Tina Fey, Penelope Cruz and others. Now, she

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New law regarding workplace discrimination and harassment

Workplace discrimination and harassment continue to plague workers in all sectors across the country. Heretofore, companies could employ nondisclosure agreements and other provisions to prevent discrimination and harassment victims from speaking publicly about the unlawful practices at their places of employment. Now, a new law in California that took effect on Jan. 1 of this

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Workplace discrimination exists among remote workers

Remote work has become an increasingly viable option for many workers in California and elsewhere, especially during the last couple of years. Working remotely offers a range of benefits for the employee, including not having to commute in heavy traffic and not having to dress for the office environment. Unfortunately, an increasing number of remote

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Addressing and preventing sexual harassment claims

Business owners and employers have a duty to their employers to make sure the work environment is safe and welcoming for all. Most of the time, employers have procedures in place to address things such as fire safety, inclement weather, power outages and other incidents, but what about methods for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace?

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Understanding Californias new employment laws for 2022

Understanding California’s new employment laws for 2022

The publication of the Essentials October edition marks the end of the California’s legislative session. In that are updates to California’s employment laws for next year. The following details a few of the updates. Sexual discrimination and harassment claims For claims initiated after the new year, the law extends the prohibition already in place against

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