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January 2012 Archives

New California Law Expands Misclassification Liability

A new law that went into effect in January could have serious consequences for anyone who advises an employer to treat an employee as a contractor, if in fact that classification is knowingly incorrect. The contractor misclassification law is under labor code 2763 and it allows the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to assess monetary penalties against individuals or employers who violate the law.

EEOC Charges for Retaliation Rose Three Percent in 2011

In a report released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claims of employer retaliation rose 3 percent in the fiscal year 2011. Other claims of employment discrimination and wrongful termination remained substantially similar to the 2010 numbers, the agency reported, although the slight increase made 2011 a record year for EEOC charges.

Religious Teachers Ponder Employment Protections in Wake of SCOTUS Decision

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that impacts religious teachers raised many questions for the thousands of teachers and religious staff persons employed by religious organizations throughout the country. As the president of the National Association of Catholic School Teachers put it, "I don't give up my rights at the schoolhouse door. I should not have to do that."

Pending California Bill Would Help the Unemployed in Job Process

A new proposed bill in California would prohibit employers from discriminating against unemployed candidates in the hiring process. According to advocates of the bill, this type of discrimination has a devastating impact on the long-term unemployed Americans.

Welcome, Andrew Russell!

Andrew2.JPGWe are pleased to announce the arrival of our new associate, Andrew Russell. Andrew is a strong addition to Bononi Law Group, LLP and we are excited to have him on our team. Welcome, Andrew!

LGBT Discrimination Policy Remembered After Cracker Barrel Founder Dies

The death of Danny Evins, the creator and founder of popular store and restaurant Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, died Saturday in Tennessee. While many remember his restaurant, others remember the controversy that he ignited when he issued a policy calling for the discrimination and termination of any non-heterosexual employees at the restaurants.

SC Issues Unanimous Decision in Favor of Church in Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision about the role of the government in churches, even in cases where an employee alleges unlawful discrimination. The Court held that the government may not, under any circumstances, interfere with hiring and firing decisions by religious groups.

MTV Show Participant Sues for Alleged Discrimination and Assault

A former participant on the 2009 segment of "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" has filed an employment lawsuit against MTV, the production company Bunim-Murray Productions and two cast members on the show. The 14 claims filed in the suit include sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, battery, negligence and wrongful termination.

Racial Discrimination Alleged at California Car Dealership Owned by Football Legend

The car dealership in Manhattan Beach, which is partially owned by former football player John Elway, is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit by a former employee. The Manhattan Beach Toyota is the defendant in a suit filed by a former sales manager at the dealership.

Suit Against NYC Taxi Agency Results in Verdict for Disabled

A federal judge in New York City held that disabled residents are discriminated against under the Americans with Disabilities Act for failure to provide adequate taxis that provide reasonable accommodation to disabled residents.

Golden State Warrior Execs Accused of Sexual Harassment

The former director of the Warrior Girls, the cheer squad for the Golden State Warriors, has filed suit against the team for acts that "condoned, encouraged and/or ratified several other instances of sexual harassment," according to the complaint. This isn't the first instances of trouble for the California basketball team - others involved in the Warrior Girls have left the squad or settled with the team in recent years.

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