Number 48:  Transgender Rights Under Title VII  As Pride festivities celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture occur this month in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento, we take a look at the development of transgender discrimination law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Unlike the California Fair Employment…

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Category: EEO, Sexual Orientation,

Number 27:  Discrimination and Harassment Policies in Handbooks Before Title VII, employee handbooks were rare and, if they existed, they were small pamphlets explaining intra-office procedures.  It wasn’t until the proliferation of lawsuits under Title VII that employers began to craft lengthy, substantive handbooks for employees.  

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Category: EEO,

Number 8:  The Supreme Court Finds That Unintentional Discrimination Violates Title VII People don’t discriminate by accident. But in the wake of the passage of Title VII, employers began adopting facially neutral policies which had the effect of discriminating against protected classes.  Before Title VII became law, some employers would overtly discriminate, having a policy…

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Category: EEO,

Brendan Eich resigned his post as CEO of Mozilla, a California-based company, in early April after just 14 days on the job.  The reason for his sudden departure and short tenure?  It became public that in 2008, Eich contributed $1,000 in support of the Proposition 8 campaign, the California voter referendum that sought to ban…

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Now that we have reviewed the laws that are affecting California employers beginning in 2014, we cast an eye forward to examine employment issues that could impact your workplace in the New Year.  Based on our review of what’s developing from the State Capitol to the boardroom, these are five hot topics that we think…

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Category: Employee Handbooks,