California Employment Law Update

Tag Archives: sexual orientation

Gay Employee Could Proceed With Retaliation But Not Harassment Claim Under Title VII

Dawson v. Entek Int’l, 630 F.3d 928 (9th Cir. 2011) Shane Dawson, a former temporary production line worker for Entek, ran a production line that rolled up battery separators. Dawson, who is gay, worked with 24 other male employees. Dawson’s employment was terminated two days after he had complained to human resources that he was … Continue Reading

Employee May Proceed With Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim

Dominguez v. Washington Mut. Bank, 168 Cal. App. 4th 714 (2008) Yoko Dominguez, a former temporary employee of Washington Mutual assigned to processing outgoing mail, alleged that a co-worker (Javier Gutierrez) had made crude and offensive comments to her after learning that Dominguez was a lesbian. Dominguez complained about Gutierrez’s comments to her supervisor’s supervisor … Continue Reading

Church Was Shielded From Liability For Statements Made To Congregation About Pastor’s Termination

Gunn v. Mariners Church, Inc., 167 Cal. App. 4th 206 (2008) Robert Gunn sued the church for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress after the senior pastor announced to the congregation that the church had terminated Gunn from his pastoral position because he had admitted to (homosexual) acts, which the church … Continue Reading
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