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Can my employer force me to come into work during a Covid-19 lockdown?

The novel coronavirus (which causes the disease Covid-19) is creating concerns for workers across the country, and in particular New York and California. According to recent reports, the number of coronavirus cases in California has surged past 3,000 cases and New York has more than 33,000 cases. Governors in both states have ordered all “nonessential” businesses to close and advised residents to stay at home.

Because of these “stay-at-home” orders, you may be wondering whether your employer can require you to physically come in to work regardless of statewide restrictions. The answer depends on what industries you work in and whether you are considered “essential” or not.

Why is racial discrimination now more difficult to prove under Section 1981 claims?

A recent Supreme Court ruling made it more difficult for plaintiffs to win racial discrimination lawsuits. Byron Allen, an African American man, founded the production studio Entertainment Studios Network (ESN) in 1993. In 2014, Allen started negotiating with the media conglomerate Comcast to have them host ESN's channels, but the two parties were unable to reach a final agreement.

WeWork faces gender and racial discrimination lawsuit

WeWork has been beset by multiple employment actions that suggest a change in culture is overdue. Claims for gender, racial and pregnancy discrimination have all been filed against the commercial real estate company in recent years. 

A former human resources employee, Ayesha Whyte, recently filed a lawsuit against WeWork that alleges gender and racial discrimination. WeWork initially offered Whyte, an African American woman, the position of Director of Employee Relations along with a salary of $195,000. 

Wells Fargo no longer requires arbitration in sexual harassment claims

 

Until recently, Wells Fargo required all employee claims of sexual harassment to be resolved through arbitration. This means employees are forced to give up their right to file a lawsuit in court and have a jury decide the outcome of their claims. Instead, companies such as Wells Fargo pay for private arbitration, which is overseen by a private individual who decides the employees’ claims as well as the amount of discovery to allow. Arbitration helps employers keep allegations of harassment and other misconduct out of the courts, news, and the public’s eye.

Are women in positions of power more vulnerable to harassment?

A recent study released by the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University shows that female supervisors face the highest rates of sexual harassment. 

Researchers evaluated data taken from female employees across the United States, Sweden and Japan. Overall, female supervisors were 30 to 100 percent more likely to be sexually harassed at work than female employees who were further down in the company hierarchy.

California Extends Childhood Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Effective January 1, 2020

This year, California gave many survivors of childhood sexual assault the opportunity to seek justice. As of January 1, 2020, survivors of abuse have a three-year window to file civil claims that could not be filed under previous laws. The new laws do not impact the criminal process or deadlines.

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg obtains close to $65 million in two verdicts against billionaire entrepreneur

In one of the largest verdicts ever for an employment sexual harassment case, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg won a $58.25 million verdict on behalf of Mahim Khan- $50 million in punitive damages and $8.25 million in compensatory damages after she suffered battery, sexual battery and sexual harassment from her former employer, billionaire entrepreneur Alki David. This was one of the highest awards ever seen in an employment sexual harassment case in the United States.

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg obtains close to $65 million in two verdicts against billionaire entrepreneur, Alkiviades "Alki" David, for sexual misconduct against his former employees

In one of the largest verdicts ever for an employment sexual harassment case, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg won a $58.25 million verdict on behalf of Mahim Khan- $50 million in punitive damages and $8.25 million in compensatory damages after she suffered battery, sexual battery and sexual harassment from her former employer, billionaire entrepreneur Alki David. This was one of the highest awards ever seen in an employment sexual harassment case in the United States.

Khan is one of several women who worked at Alki David's media companies who has filed sexual harassment and battery suits against him.

What do California's new labor laws mean for employees?

Under Governor Newsom, California's latest legislative session ended with the creation of several important new employment laws. These give workers more choices and stronger workplace protections.

Sites such as the San Francisco Business Times and The National Law Review have explored the ways these laws may affect California's businesses. Below, we look at the different ways they may empower employees in the workplace.

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