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What is the Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA) and What Does it Cover?

Posted on December 9, 2016

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is the primary California law that prohibits employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace for a variety of protected categories.  For example, employer are not allowed to treat and employee differently based on the employee’s age (40 and over), ancestry, color, religion, disability, marital status, national origin, race, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), and sexual orientation.  Most of these laws protect … Read More

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What Rights Do Transgender People Have in the Workplace?

Posted on December 9, 2016

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) sets out the rules that protect employees from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by their employer. One categorical group that is covered under this Act is gender, gender identity, and gender expression.  Gender identity refers to the gender with which a person identifies.  It is essentially internal and encompasses the feelings one has about their own personal gender and can be an integral part of … Read More

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Does An Employer Have A Duty To Accommodate An Employee Based On The Disability Of His Family Members?

Posted on November 1, 2016

There is no question that under federal and California employment laws, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees with disabilities.  In fact, employers have an affirmative obligation to take reasonable steps to accommodate the needs of an employee with a disability so that the disabled employee can do his job. The law has been less clear when it comes to an employer’s obligations arising out of the disability of someone who is … Read More

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New Regulations Implemented for Constructing Employment Policies Against Harassment and Discrimination

Posted on October 25, 2016

As of April 1, 2016, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council has implemented new regulations for constructing employment policies against harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  Any employer with five or more employees is required by law to have a written policy against harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and there are certain requirements that these new policies must meet. An employer’s policy must list all of the protected parties that … Read More

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How Much Break Time Does My Employer Have to Give Me?

Posted on October 13, 2016

I recently asked my 6 year-old niece what was her favorite subject in school and she replied:  “Recess.”  Certainly, that is true for most 6 year-olds.  The same likely is the case for working adults. Research shows that taking breaks during work is important for mental health and concentration, and that taking breaks actually prevents employees from getting bored, and thus unfocused.  Taking breaks also gives employees an opportunity to retain information and to take a … Read More

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