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May 2011 Archives

Stevens says prosecutors should be held liable for employees' mistakes

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recently gave a speech that said that district attorneys' offices should be held to the same standard as private employers as far as being held liable for the misconduct or illegal actions of employees. According to a recent piece in The Wall Street Journal, Stevens said that it was up to state and national lawmakers to create legislation to hold prosecutors liable for misconduct because the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that prosecutors cannot be sued by people who were wrongfully convicted due to misconduct.

Starbucks is accused of disability discrimination

Starbucks, the nationally recognized coffee chain, may receive some negative media attention soon. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently filed a lawsuit against Starbucks, accusing the company of discriminating against one of its physically impaired employees.

California State Assembly passes Gender Nondiscrimination Act

San Diego Assemblymember Toni Atkins authored the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 877), which is sponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center, and introduced it to the State Assembly, which voted to pass the bill on Monday. The bill had bipartisan support.

Bob Dylan often cited by judges in employment law rulings

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times by Carol J. Williams, notes that Bob Dylan is the most-cited artist in legal filings and court opinions. The singer-songwriter's lyrics are often used in employment law rulings. According to the LA Times, several California appellate court rulings have used the Dylan line, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows," to point out that expert witnesses aren't necessary for certain common-sense knowledge.

Former Merrill Lynch employee files religious discrimination lawsuit

A former employee of Merrill Lynch has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the company and its parent company, Bank of America Corp, as well as against his boss and a human resources manager. The former managing director claims that he faced discrimination as a Mormon. He accuses his former boss and a human resources manager of not doing anything to stop the religious discrimination he was experiencing after he complained to them about it.

California deputies file lawsuit against sheriff's department

Two sheriff's deputies have filed a lawsuit against the California sheriff's department where they are employed, accusing the department of fostering aggressive, gang-like behavior that they said led to their assault at a department holiday party last year. In that incident last year, six sheriff's deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assaulted two other male deputies and punched a female deputy in the face who tried to stop the beatings. The attacking deputies worked on the third floor of the Men's Central Jail and the men who were attacked worked on a different floor.

'Desperate Housewives' wrongful termination suit to go before jury

A judge in California has ruled that actress Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit can move forward to trial where a jury will decide whether her character on the hit TV show, "Desperate Housewives," was unfairly killed off. The judge in Los Angeles County threw out Sheridan's claims of sexual harassment and assault, but gave the green light to the claims of wrongful termination, unlawful retaliation and battery to proceed to trial this summer, starting June 8.