California Employment Law Update

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Employee’s Stress Resulting From Co-Workers’ Negative Reactions To Her Is Not Compensable

Verga v. WCAB, 159 Cal. App. 4th 174 (2008) Rosemary Verga sought workers’ compensation benefits for an alleged psychiatric injury she sustained while working for United Airlines. However, the WCAB found Verga was not actually subjected to harassment or persecution. Instead, she was “a difficult person to get along with [who was] impolite, unpleasant, and … Continue Reading

Receptionist Whose Job Was Filled While She Was On A 7-Month “Stress Leave” Was Not Discriminated Against

Williams v. Genentech, 139 Cal. App. 4th 357 (2006) Rochelle Williams, a receptionist at Genentech, was criticized by her supervisors for mishandling an incident involving company security. (Instead of following the company’s established procedure for dealing with a security alert, Williams spoke to a security officer in a “code of her own devise” – “Hurry … Continue Reading

Employee Who Suffered “Psychiatric Injury” Due To Fluctuations In Company’s Stock Was Not Entitled To Benefits

Pacific Gas & Elec. Co. v. WCAB, 114 Cal. App. 4th 1174 (2004) Clifford Bryan filed a workers’ compensation claim against Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) after he was forced to leave work in October 2001 due to the stress of his job in interacting with customers who did not like the company and … Continue Reading

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