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January 2012 Archives

Sexual Harassment Alleged by Northern California Women

sexual harassment case was filed in Northern California by a woman who once served as a director for the Montery Shelter Outreach Plus is pursuing complaints of racial discrimination and sexual harassment by her former bosses.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Applebee's wage and hour appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Applebee's wage and hour appeal last week. The case involves the payment of minimum wage to bartenders and servers for duties like cleaning and preparation that are not immediately a part of the workers tip producing responsibilities.

U.S. Supreme Court hears FMLA case, will decide state worker damages issue

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard a case involving medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Court will decide the remedy a state public worker is entitled to under the federal law if a state violates a part of the law.

Disability Discrimination Suit By Narcoleptic Teacher Barred

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled against a narcoleptic Lutheran school teacher who claimed retaliation when the church school refused to rehire her following a medical / disability leave.

Former Golden State Warriors employee sues team, player for sexual harassment

A former team employee is suing Golden State Warriors player Monta Ellis and the Warriors for sexual harassment. According to court documents, the former employee claims she was sexually harassed, intimidated and stalked by the Warriors guard for multiple months. The sexual harassment suit also claims that the NBA team based in northern California failed to prevent the harassment and claims the team wrongfully terminated the employee.

Unsuccessful wage and hour claims might cost the employee

On December 21, 2011, the California Supreme Court announced that it will decide whether an employer can recover attorney's fees from employees who lose a lawsuit for missed meal and rest periods. The lower court of appeals decided that an employer cannot go after employees in this way, but the Supreme Court may decide differently.

Obama Administration proposes FLSA coverage for home care workers

Many families use the assistance of home care workers to help care for older family members. But, home care workers are not protected by federal wage and hour laws that guarantee minimum wage and overtime pay like other workers who receive an hourly wage. Things may soon change because the Obama Administration recently announced proposed regulations that would give home care workers minimum wage and overtime protection.

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