California Launches Sexual-Harassment-Prevention Training Program

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) launched a free online sexual-harassment-prevention program that meets the training requirements for nonsupervisory employees in the state.

Delivery Worker Gets Trial for Race-Based Emotional Distress Claim

A black employee who alleged that his supervisor referred to him using a racial epithet and tried to get him fired by falsely reporting that he had failed to report to work could take his claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress to trial.

Court Blocks $13 Million Gender Discrimination Verdict Against UCLA

A jury awarded a professor more than $13 million in damages in a gender-discrimination lawsuit—but a California appeals court reversed the verdict, finding that the trial court committed a series of “grave errors.”

Facebook Agrees to $52 Million Settlement over Work-Trauma Claims

Facebook has reached a $52 million deal to settle a class action claiming that the social media giant failed to shield content moderators from psychological trauma.

California Court Provides Roadmap for Unlimited PTO Policies

A California appeals court ruled that under an employer’s unlimited paid-time-off (PTO) policy, an employee actually accrued vacation days as she worked and was entitled to be paid for unused days when her employment ended.

California Issues ‘Resilience Roadmap’ to Employers for Stage Two Reopening

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a plan to allow the limited reopening of some businesses beyond those in the category of essential critical infrastructure.

Nurses’ Bias Lawsuit Against Medical Group Should Have Been Dismissed

A jury found that a hospital and medical group created a hostile work environment for three female nurses, but the nurses had not named the medical group in the administrative complaint, so their claims against the group should not have been allowed to go to trial.

Businesses Develop Safety Protocols as California’s Economy Slowly Reopens

As part of a four-phase plan to gradually restart the California economy, Gov. Gavin Newsom is allowing some employers to reopen their workplaces—as long as they meet strict guidelines.

Most California Employees with COVID-19 Presumed Covered by Workers’ Comp

California Gov. Gavin Newsom just enacted sweeping changes to the state’s workers’ compensation standards, providing that a broad swath of California workers who contract COVID-19 are presumed to have a workplace injury covered by the workers’ compensation system.

Black Employee Fired to Resolve Racial Conflict Can Keep $8.5M Award

A manufacturing company that terminated its only black employee because of racial animosity between him and several white workers is on the hook for a $8.5 million jury award in the employee’s race discrimination lawsuit, according to a California appeals court.