Plaintiff and his employer entered into an agreement that all disputes would be resolved by arbitration and that class actions were prohibited. After he was terminated, plaintiff filed a class action alleging various Labor Code violations and unfair business practices. Finding the prohibition against class actions in the agreement to be improper in the test set forth in Gentry v. Sup. Ct. (2007) 42 Cal.4th 443 [64 Cal.Rptr.3d 773, 165 P.3d 556], the trial court denied defendant’s petition to compel arbitration.
Question Of Fact In Age Discrimination Case.
Plaintiff is a border patrol agent within the Department of Homeland Security who at 54 was the oldest of the 24 persons who applied for one of four open positions within the agency. The four persons selected ranged from 44 to 48 years old. He sued for age discrimination, and the agency moved for summary […]
Employer Can’t Have It Both Ways Independent Contractors.
Defendant’s business arranges for transportation of cargo from the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports to warehouses, and plaintiffs are truck drivers. Prior to implementation of a clean air program at the ports in 2008, truck drivers generally owned their own trucks and worked as independent contractors. After the clean air program was implemented, older […]
In Affirming Grant Of Summary Judgment, Appeals Court Declined To Extend Case Of Mary M. V. City Of Los Angeles [Case Involving Late Night Rape By A Police Officer Who Stopped Female Motorist.]
A social worker, who was not assigned to the then-15-year-old foster child volunteered to transport the child to his new foster home. The transfer was completed without incident, but the social worker went back to the new foster home after hours and picked up the child. He took him to a liquor store and then […]
All Female Staffing Policy For Some Prison Jobs Not Discrimination Against Males.
A prison designated a number of female-only positions, and the prison guard union brought suit for discrimination against male correctional officers. In a 1993 case [Jordan v. Gardner (1993) 986 F.2d 1521], a federal court halted the practice of permitting cross-gender pat down searches in nonemergency situations. In addition, over the years, there have been instances […]
Your Tax Dollars At Work; State Agency EDD Ordered [Once Again] To Pay A Man His Unemployment Insurance . . .[Editor’s Note: No Wonder Poor People Have Trouble Finding Representation].
The man’s work shoes were still in good shape, so he decided to donate his $150/year work shoe allowance for new work shoes for a friend. His attempted gesture was against company policy and he was fired. The Employment Development Department [EDD] refused the man’s claim for unemployment insurance. Ordered twice by the trial court […]
Prerequiste Of Sexual Harassment Not Established.
Plaintiff prevailed in her employment action brought under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act [FEHA; Government Code section 12900] because defendant did not take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment. In reversing the judgment, the appellate court stated: “We hold there cannot be a valid claim for failure to take reasonable steps necessary to prevent […]
Previously we reported: CHP Not A Special Employer Of Freeway Tow Truck Driver.
A tow truck driver who contracted with a county, part of the California Highway Patrol Freeway Service Patrol [FSP program], collided with a car, injuring the driver and her infant son. The CHP moved for summary judgment in the subsequent lawsuit on the ground it was not the tow truck driver’s special employer and therefore, […]
Previously we reported: After-Acquired Evidence Docrine Inapplicable.
Plaintiff, an African American, twice applied to become a union organizer, but both times the position was filled by white men. He filed a discrimination complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and received a right to sue letter. He then filed an employment discrimination action. During discovery, he admitted he had been […]
Reasonable Accommodation Does Not Require Elimination Of Essential Job Function.
Plaintiff injured his knee at work in 2003 and thereafter underwent several surgeries and procedures, and was placed on light duty. The employer, a public entity, had an accommodations committee which offered plaintiff either a lateral job move or a demotion to assume a lesser job, neither of which appealed to plaintiff. As negotiations continued, […]
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