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  • Wage and Hour Insurance Coverage: Beyond What Your Employer Says
    Wage and Hour Insurance Coverage: Beyond What Your Employer Says

    Employers typically rely on Employment Practices Liability Insurance ("EPLI") policies for coverage against traditional employment-related claims, such as sexual harassment , discrimination and ...

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  • Mini-Skirt Mondays?!  One Extreme Example of a Hostile Work Environment
    Mini-Skirt Mondays?! One Extreme Example of a Hostile Work Environment

    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 ...

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  • School Fires Water Polo Coach For Being Openly Gay
    School Fires Water Polo Coach For Being Openly Gay

    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 ...

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  • California's Unregistered Same-Sex Partners Remain Vulnerable to Unintended Disinheritance.
    California's Unregistered Same-Sex Partners Remain Vulnerable to Unintended Disinheritance.

    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 ...

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  • Independent Contractors and the FEHA:  Is There Protection Available for Claims of Sexual Harassment?
    Independent Contractors and the FEHA: Is There Protection Available for Claims of Sexual Harassment?

    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 ...

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  • "I'm Gonna Get You Back!" What is Illegal Workplace Retaliation?

    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 ...

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