A pattern of ongoing sexual harassment by members of the Oceanside Police Department has ended in a $1.5 million award from a Vista Superior Court jury. Kimberli Hirst was a contract phlebotomist for the department; she took blood samples from those accused of driving under the influence and was employed by American Forensic Nurses.
Employers have the responsibility to stay alert to employment law changes and modify any policies that do not comply with federal and state laws. The fashion industry, however, continues to show signs that they're far behind in protecting models. As independent contractors for fashion designers, it's sometimes unclear for the employer how to treat the models under the law, but it's becoming increasingly clear that further regulation may be needed to prevent grievous harm.
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.