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February 2013 Archives

Corporate Culture Mindset

Corporate culture is a set of tacit understandings and beliefs that form the foundation of how an organization functions. What exactly defines that culture? It could be individual and team behaviors, the corporate definitions of norms, the company's specific processes, of even how individuals and the organization make decisions.

Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc. (CA2/4 B237761 2/21/13) FEHA Pregnancy Disability Leave

In a case of first impression, we are asked to determine whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL), Government Code section 12945, may nevertheless state a cause of action under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), section 12900 et seq. The superior court concluded that appellant, disabled by a high-risk pregnancy, failed to state a claim under the FEHA because her employer had granted her the maximum leave provided under the PDLL before terminating her due to her failure to return to work. We conclude the allegations in appellant's first amended complaint (FAC) are sufficient to state a prima facie case under the FEHA for employment discrimination. Accordingly, we reverse the superior court's order dismissing the FAC.

Harris v. Santa Monica (SC S181004A 2/7/13) FEHA/Mixed Motive

A bus driver alleged that she was fired by the City of Santa Monica(the City) because of her pregnancy in violation of the prohibition on sex discrimination in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The City claimed that she had been fired for poor job performance. At trial, the City asked the court to instruct the jury that if it found a mix of discriminatory and legitimate motives, the City could avoid liability by proving that a legitimate motive alone would have led it to make the same decision to fire her. The trial court refused the instruction, and the jury returned a substantial verdict for the employee. The Court of Appeal reversed, holding that the requested instruction was legally correct and that refusal to give it was prejudicial error.

The Truth About Lying on Resumes

This infographic from Visual.ly looks at the "truth about lying on resumes." For example, did you know that 46% of job applicants admit to including some type of false information on their resumes? This and other interesting facts below.

Workplace Romances: A Potential Nightmare for Employers

Dating among coworkers is almost inevitable. If coworkers engage in romantic relationships at work and they maintain professional conduct in the workspace, there are typically no issues. However, we all know that relationships do not always work out that way. Depending on how they play out, office romances can lead to a host of problems for employees and employers alike.

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