Blog Posts in 2011

  • Employers typically rely on Employment Practices Liability Insurance ("EPLI") policies for coverage against traditional employment-related claims, such as sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination. And while many EPLI policies offer coverage that may capture wage and hour type claims, often they don't. But keep looking. The employer may carry other liability policies ...
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  • People know this is 2011, right? While an employer maintaining a dress code is certainly not unusual, one Utah Company took the idea of a dress code to an unhealthy and illegal extreme. Trudy Anderson, an employee of an Elk Grove, Utah electrical control company has accused her boss (the company's owner) of sexual harassment. Notable amongst her allegations was her employer's attempt to ...
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  • School Fires Water Polo Coach For Being Openly Gay

    || 29-Sep-2011

    Charter Oak High School fired an openly gay water polo coach, Mitch Stein, after receiving an anonymous complaint about "inappropriate" photos of Stein pulled from his Facebook page. No, these weren't photos of Stein doing anything illegal. And no, these weren't lewd or compromising photos by any means. What do these "scandalous" photos show? According to reports in ...
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  • As the song goes, "Love and marriage, love and marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage, …" In comparison, "Love and civil unions, ..." kind of falls flat. To many, next to marriage, a civil union seems like the proverbial red-headed, step sister—largely perceived as inferior and stigmatizing. No wonder so many committed, same-sex couples choose to forego ...
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  • We recently helped a client who had begun working for a Los Angeles-area restaurant essentially as an independent contractor. She acted as a consultant to the restaurant for their menu; interior design; and in other ways. This client ran her own food service business but she felt that this was a good opportunity for her. Unfortunately, while she was engaged in performing services for the ...
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  • A quick online dictionary search of the definition of "retaliate" reflects that it means "to take retributory action, especially by returning some injury or wrong in kind." We frequently receive calls from potential clients where they tell us that they were "retaliated" against at work. In many cases, they probably were considering the general use of the word ...
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  • It's true! There is some protection for your wage claims under the right circumstances. While certain administrative expenses of the bankruptcy case must be paid first by the employer "debtor," employee wage claims -- for unpaid wages or other forms of compensation such as commissions, vacation and sick leave pay—may be entitled to the highest priority treatment in most cases ...
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