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    Board of Directors Quota Law May Be Unconstitutional
    Meland v. Weber, 2021 WL 2521615 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    2:1 Ratio of Punitive to Compensatory Damages Was Appropriate
    Contreras-Velazquez v. Family Health Ctrs. of San Diego, Inc., 62 Cal. App. 5th 88 (2021)
     
    High School Football Coach's Title VII Claim Was Properly Dismissed
    Kennedy v. Bremerton Sch. Dist., 991 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    Third Party Was Not Liable For Aiding and Abetting Harassment
    Smith v. BP Lubricants USA, Inc., 64 Cal. App. 5th 138 (2021)
     
    Teacher's Discrimination Claim Should Not Have Been Dismissed
    Verceles v. Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist., 63 Cal. App. 5th 776 (2021)
     
    Economic Damages Award Should Have Been Reduced By Post-Termination Earnings
    Martinez v. Rite Aid Corp., 63 Cal. App. 5th 958 (2021)
     
    Hotel Did Not Violate Santa Monica's Recall Ordinance
    Bruni v. The Edward Thomas Hospitality Corp., 64 Cal. App. 5th 247 (2021)
     
    Owner Was Not Personally Liable For Misclassification of Employees
    Usher v. White, 64 Cal. App. 5th 883 (2021)
     
    Ninth Circuit Overturns $100 Million Wage-Hour Judgment Entered Against Walmart
    Magadia v. Wal-Mart Assocs., Inc., 999 F.3d 668 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    Police Sergeant Who Accessed Computer Database in Exchange for Money Did Not Violate CFAA
    Van Buren v. United States, 593 U.S. ___, 141 S. Ct. 1648 (2021)
     
    Trial Court Properly Failed to Certify Signature Gatherers' Class Action
    Wilson v. The La Jolla Group, 61 Cal. App. 5th 897 (2021)
     
    Employer's Malicious Prosecution Action Should Have Been Stricken Under Anti-SLAPP Law
    Citizens of Humanity, LLC v. Ramirez, 63 Cal. App. 5th 117 (2021)
     
    Professor Could Proceed With Equal Pay Act and Disparate Impact Title VII Claims
    Freyd v. University of Oregon, 990 F.3d 1211 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    Whistleblower Claim Against Hospital Was Not Ripe For Resolution
    Bichai v. Dignity Health, 61 Cal. App. 5th 869 (2021)
     
    Employer Did Not Violate Law by Making Productivity Payments
    Certified Tire & Serv. Ctrs. Wage & Hour Cases, 2021 WL 2766406 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)
     
    CELA May Discover Identity of Member(s) Who Disclosed Confidential Listserv Information
    Curtis v. Superior Court, 62 Cal. App. 5th 453 (2021)

    July 2021

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    Trial Court Properly Dismissed Employee’s CFRA And Disability Discrimination Claims
    Choochagi v. Barracuda Networks, Inc., 60 Cal. App. 5th 444 (2021)
     
    LAUSD Teacher Can Proceed With Claim For Disability Allegedly Caused By School’s Wi-Fi System
    Brown v. Los Angeles Unified School Dist., 2021 WL 631030 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)
     
    Supreme Court Invalidates Rounding Time Punches For Meal Periods
    Donohue v. AMN Servs., LLC, 2021 WL 728871 (Cal. S. Ct. 2021)
     
    Ninth Circuit Clarifies FMLA Leave For Rotational Employees
    Scalia v. State of Alaska, 985 F.3d 742 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    Ninth Circuit Applies Dynamex Retroactively And Offers “Guidance”
    Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l, Inc., 986 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir 2021)
     
    California Law Applies To Flight Attendants’ Wage/Hour Class Action
    Bernstein v. Virgin Am., Inc., 2021 WL 686281 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    PAGA Claim Venue Is ProperAnywhere Employer Committed Violations
    Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2021 WL 613700 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)
     
    Per Diem Benefits Should Have Been Included As Compensation In Calculating Overtime Rate
    Clarke v. AMN Servs., LLC, 987 F.3d 848 (9th Cir. 2021)

    March 2021

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    Ninth Circuit Rejects "Paramour Preference" Liability Arising From Supervisor's Affair With Another Employee
    Maner v. Dignity Health, ___ F.4th ___, 2021 WL 3699780 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    $3.5 Million Emotional Distress Award Was "Shockingly Disproportionate" To Evidence Of Harm
    Briley v. City of W. Covina, 66 Cal. App. 5th 119 (2021)
     
    Employee Nonsolicitation Clause Does Not Violate Antitrust Law And Is "Pro-Competitive"
    Aya Healthcare Servs. v. AMN Healthcare, Inc., 2021 WL 3671384 (9th Cir. 2021)
     
    Employer Must Prove Employee Knew Or Should Have Known Of Discriminatory Failure To Hire For Statute Of Limitations Bar To Apply
    Pollock v. Tri-Modal Distrib. Servs., Inc., 11 Cal. 5th 918 (2021)
     
    Retired Judges May Proceed With Age Discrimination Lawsuit
    Mahler v. Judicial Council of Cal., 67 Cal. App. 5th 82 (2021)
     
    Dutch Executive "Publicly Presented" Himself As An Executive Of California Company
    Swenberg v. Dmarcian, Inc., 2021 WL 3856599 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)
     
    Hirer Of Independent Contractor Is Not Liable For Injuries To Workers
    Gonzalez v. Mathis, 2021 WL 3671594 (Cal. S. Ct. 2021)
     
    Meal/Rest Break Premiums Must Include All Forms of Remuneration
    Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC, 11 Cal. 5th 848 (2021)
     
    Family Member In-Home Supportive Services Worker Is Ineligible For Unemployment Benefits
    Skidgel v. CUIAB, 2021 WL 3671434 (Cal. S. Ct. 2021)
     
    Employee Who Signed Promissory Note To Pay For Losses May Proceed With Class Action Lawsuit
    Gallano v. Burlington Coat Factory of Cal., LLC, 2021 WL 3616152 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)
     
    PAGA Plaintiff's Expert Statistician Should Have Been Permitted To Testify
    Zuniga v. Alexandria Care Ctr., LLC, 2021 WL 3560665 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)
     
    Section 998 Settlement Offer Violated Labor Code
    Wasito v. Kazali, 2021 WL 3878379 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)
     
    Farm Labor Employers Did Not Fail To Pay Minimum Wage To Discharged Employees
    Jaime Zepeda Labor Contracting, Inc. v. Department of Indus. Relations, 2021 WL 3560937 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021)

    September 2021

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    September 2017

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    Supreme Court Recognizes Discrimination Protection For Gay/Transgender Employees Under Title VII
    Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. ___, 140 S. Ct. 1731 (2020)
     
    Dark Day For Hollywood – Law Prohibiting Online Publication Of Actors’ Ages Is Struck Down
    IMDb.com Inc. v. Becerra, 962 F.3d 1111 (9th Cir. 2020)
     
    Airline Employees Whose Base of Work Is In California Must Receive Legally Compliant Wage Statements
    Ward v. United Airlines, Inc., 2020 WL 3495310 (Cal. S. Ct. 2020)
     
    IATSE Signatory Was Employer Responsible For Payment Of Unpaid Wages 
    Mattei v. Corporate Mgmt. Solutions, Inc., 2020 WL 3970367 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Religious Schools Were Permitted To Terminate Employment Of Teachers Despite Claims Of Discrimination 
    Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, 591 U.S. ___, 2020 WL 3808420 (2020)
     
    Summary Judgment Was Properly Granted In Favor Of Hospital In Meal/Rest Break Case
    David v. Queen of the Valley Med. Ctr., 2020 WL 3529683 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Class Action Was Improperly Removed To Federal Court Under CAFA
    Adams v. West Marine Prods., Inc., 958 F.3d 1216 (9th Cir. 2020)
     
    Non-Severability Clause In Arbitration Agreement Invalidated Entire Agreement
    Kec v. Superior Court, 2020 WL 3869721 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Service Technicians May Be Entitled To Compensation For Travel Time
    Oliver v. Konica Minolta Bus. Solutions USA, Inc., 2020 WL 3446865 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Trial Court Should Have Scrutinized Declarations Submitted By Employer In Wage Hour Case 
    Barriga v. 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, 2020 WL 3481717 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Hirer Of Independent Contractor Was Not Liable For Death Of Latter’s Employee
    Horne v. Ahern Rentals, Inc., 50 Cal. App. 5th 192 (2020)
     
    Class Action Claims Were Moot After Class Representative Settled His Individual Claims
    Brady v. AutoZone Stores, 960 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 2020)

    July 2020

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    Employee Entitled To $17.2 Million For Wrongful Termination/Defamation
    King v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 52 Cal. App. 5th 728 (2020)
     
    “Continuing Violation” Theory Saves Employee’s Sexual Harassment Claim
    Blue Fountain Pools & Spas Inc. v. Superior Court, 2020 WL 4581664 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Tortious Interference With At-Will Contract Requires Independently Wrongful Act
    Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc., 9 Cal. 5th 1130 (2020)
     
    Time Spent By Employees In Exit Searches Is Compensable
    Frlekin v. Apple, Inc., 2020 WL 5225699 (9th Cir. 2020)
     
    Ashley Judd May Proceed With Sexual Harassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein
    Judd v. Weinstein, 967 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2020)
     
    Court Affirms Dismissal of Medical Assistant’s Discrimination Lawsuit
    Arnold v. Dignity Health, 53 Cal. App. 5th 412 (2020)
     
    Later-Filed, Substantially Identical PAGA Claim Was Properly Dismissed
    Starks v. Vortex Indus., Inc., 2020 WL 5015248 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Amount In Controversy Satisfied CAFA Minimum
    Salter v. Quality Carriers, Inc., 2020 WL 5361459 (9th Cir. 2020)
     
    Trial Court Properly Denied Massage Parlor’s Request For Waiver Of Bond InWage/Hour Matter
    Li v. Department of Indust. Relations, 2020 WL 4814112 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Trial Court Properly Refused To Certify Rest Break Class Action
    Davidson v. O’Reilly Auto Enter., LLC, 968 F.3d 955 (9th Cir. 2020)
     
    Litigant’s Attorney Is Entitled To Fees As “Prevailing Party” In UTSA Case
    Aerotek, Inc. v. The Johnson Group Staffing Co., 2020 WL 5525180 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    CUIAB Should Have Considered Additional Evidence In Support Of Unemployment Claim
    Land v. CUIAB, 2020 WL 5200858 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)

    September 2020

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    Court Affirms $4.26 Million Jury Award For “Self-Published Defamation”
    Tilkey v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2020 WL 6268474 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Court Affirms Dismissal Of Trade Secrets Claim Brought Against Apple
    Hooked Media Group, Inc. v. Apple Inc., 55 Cal. App. 5th 323 (2020)
     
    Employer Gets No Relief From $1.6 Million Default Judgment
    Kramer v. Traditional Escrow, Inc., 56 Cal. App. 5th 13 (2020)
     
    Google Employees’ PAGA Claims Are Not Preempted By The NLRA
    Doe v. Google, Inc., 54 Cal. App. 5th 948 (2020)
     
    Non-California Forum Selection Clause Is Barred By Labor Code Section 925
    Midwest Motor Supply Co. v. Superior Court, 2020 WL 6305492 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     
    Ninth Circuit Upholds FINRA Class Action Waiver Provision
    Laver v. Credit Suisse Secs. (USA), LLC, 976 F.3d 841 (9th Cir. 2020)
     
    Employees Compensated Solely By Commission Are Not Paid A “Salary” And Are Non-Exempt
    Semprini v. Wedbush Secs., Inc., 2020 WL 6557549 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
     

    November 2020

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    Bank Employee Who Was Harassed By A Customer Can Proceed With Sexual Harassment Claim
    Christian v. Umpqua Bank, 2020 WL 7777882 (9th Cir. 2020)
    Laid-Off Employee Was Not Discriminated Against On The Basis Of Age
    Foroudi v. The Aerospace Corp., 57 Cal. App. 5th 992 (2020)
    Court Reverses $2.9 Million Jury Verdict For Failure To Accommodate Employee’s Disability
    Shirvanyan v. Los Angeles Community Coll. Dist., 2020 WL 7706321 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
    Employer Did Not Willfully Interfere With Employee’s FMLA Rights
    Olson v. United States, 980 F.3d 1334 (9th Cir. 2020)
    California Law Applies To Non-California Residents Working Off The Coast
    Gulf Offshore Logistics, LLC v. Superior Court, 58 Cal. App. 5th 264 (2020)
    Owner/Operators Are Personally Liable For $481,000 Wage/Hour Judgment
    Kao v. Joy Holiday, 58 Cal. App. 5th 199 (2020)
    CAFA-Removed Case Is Remanded Based On Insufficient Amount In Controversy
    Harris v. KM Indus., Inc., 980 F.3d 694 (9th Cir. 2020)
    PAGA Notice Was Sufficient To Support Claims
    Rojas-Cifuentes v. Superior Court, 2020 WL 7488653 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020)
    Court Properly Denied Certification Of Call Center Workers’ Class Action
    Castillo v. Bank of Am., 980 F.3d 723 (9th Cir. 2020)
    Statute Of Limitations Tolled By Related Class Actions
    Hildebrandt v. Staples the Office Superstore, LLC, 58 Cal. App. 5th 128 (2020)
    Employer’s Counsel Admitted Pro Hac Vice Should Not Also Have Represented Employee Witnesses
    Big Lots Stores, Inc. v. Superior Court, 57 Cal. App. 5th 773 (2020) 

    January 2021

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    Employee Who Suffered From "Altered Mental State" Need Not Be Allowed To Rescind Her Resignation Featherstone v. Southern Cal. Permanente Med. Grp., 2017 WL 1399709 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017)
    Garbage Truck Employee Who Failed To Provide Proof Of Right To Work Could Proceed With Age Discrimination Claim Santillan v. USA Waste of Cal., 853 F.3d 1035 (9th Cir. 2017)
    Trial Court's Decision Quashing EEOC Subpoena Should Not Be Reversed Absent Abuse Of Discretion McLane Co. v. EEOC, 581 U.S. ___, 137 S. Ct. 1159 (2017)
    Anti-Retaliation Provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley Act Apply Even If No Disclosure To SEC Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., 850 F.3d 1045 (9th Cir. 2017)
    Employer That Paid Females Less Than Males Based On Prior Salaries May Avoid Liability Under Equal Pay Act Rizo v. Yovino, 2017 WL 1505068 (9th Cir. 2017)
    Employer Failed To Show That Former Employee Violated Nondisclosure AgreementGlassdoor, Inc. v. Superior Court, 9 Cal. App. 5th 623 (2017)
    Former CEO's Defamation Action Was Properly Dismissed With Anti-SLAPP Motion Charney v. Standard General, LP, 10 Cal. App. 5th 149 (2017)
    Employee May Have Been On "Business Errand" At Time Of Traffic Collision Sumrall v. Modern Alloys, Inc., 2017 WL 1365089 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017)
    Safeway/Vons Assistant Managers Were Properly Classified As Exempt From Overtime Batze v. Safeway, Inc., 10 Cal. App. 5th 440 (2017)
    Employee Was Properly Awarded $31,000 In Attorney's Fees On $300 Unpaid Wage Claim Beck v. Stratton, 9 Cal. App. 5th 483 (2017)
    Health Care Employees Can Waive Their Second Meal Period Gerard v. Orange Coast Mem. Med. Ctr., 9 Cal. App. 5th 1204 (2017)
    Piece-Work-Based Pay Plan Violates FLSA Brunozzi v. Cable Commc’ns, Inc., 851 F.3d 990 (9th Cir. 2017)
    Chapter 11 Automatic Stay Applies To PAGA Claims Porter v. Nabors Drilling USA, LP, 2017 WL 1404392 (9th Cir. 2017)

    May 2017

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    Newly Enacted California Statutes

    Paid Sick Leave Law Is Amended
    E-Verify Use Is Restricted
    Grocery Workers Protections Clarified
    Labor Commissioner's Enforcement Capabilities Expanded
    PAGA Cure Period Provided
    Retaliation Against Family Members Of Whistleblowers Prohibited
    Piece-Rate Compensation Requirements Changed
    Meal Period Waiver Rules For Health Care Employees Clarified
    Gender-Based "Fair Pay Act" Enacted
    School Activity And Sick Leave Protections Expanded
    Labor Commissioner Enforcement Authority Broadened, Liability For Managing Agents Expanded
    New Protected Classes Added To Unruh Civil Rights Act

    New Case Law

    EEOC Is Entitled To More Information From Employer In Connection With Sex Discrimination Case
    LAPD Requirement That Training Costs Be Reimbursed Violates Labor Code
    Court Affirms $118,000 Verdict In Favor Of Fired Employee Who Reported A Crime To The Police
    Terminated Actress Was Not Required To Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before Suing For Retaliation
    Employees Who Allegedly Breached Employer’s Computer Use Policies Did Not Violate CFAA
    Trial Court Improperly Failed To Certify Class Action For Unpaid Overtime
    Employer And Employee Were Each Prevailing Parties On Different Claims
    Court Affirms Dismissal Of PAGA Claims For Inadequate Notice But Orders Certification Of Class Action
    Firefighters Are Not Entitled To Overtime For Time Spent Taking Gear To Temporary Duty Stations

    November 2015