Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and California state law have established basic protections for individuals against discrimination based on race, color, creed, or national origin. At the Bononi Law Group, LLP in Los Angeles, California, we are devoted to ensuring that these basic civil rights are promoted and employees are protected against discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination based on racial bias.
On March 29, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on the Wal-Mart employment-discrimination case, Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., which could have significant implications for the plaintiffs, the company and other potential employment-discrimination lawsuits across the country.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld the so-called "one-strike rule," which eliminates job applicants from consideration for a single positive test for drug or alcohol use during pre-employment screening. In Lopez v. Pacific Maritime Association, the court upheld a district court summary judgment in favor of the defendant.