California Employment Law Update

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March 2014 California Employment Law Notes

$150,000 Sexual Harassment Verdict And $680,000 Fee Award Affirmed Taylor v. Nabors Drilling USA, LP, 222 Cal. App. 4th 1228 (2014) Max Taylor worked as a floorhand on an oil rig where he alleged he was harassed by his supervisors who called him “queer,” “fagot [sic],” “homo,” and “gay porn star” and was subjected to … Continue Reading

July 2011 California Employment Law Notes

We invite you to review our newly posted July 2011 California Employment Law Notes — a comprehensive review of the latest and most significant developments in California employment law.  The highlights include: Class Of 1.5 Million Female Wal-Mart Employees Was Improperly Certified Arizona Law Requiring Use Of E-Verify Is Upheld U.S. Court Has Jurisdiction Over Argentinean Employees’ … Continue Reading

$22.5 Million Verdict Reversed Where Employer Admitted Its Vicarious Liability For Employee’s Negligence

Diaz v. Carcamo, 51 Cal. 4th 1148 (2011) Jose Carcamo, a truck driver for defendant Sugar Transport, caused Dawn Renae Diaz to suffer severe permanent injuries as a result of a traffic accident on Highway 101. Diaz sued Carcamo and Sugar Transport, alleging that Sugar Transport was both vicariously liable for Carcamo’s negligent driving and … Continue Reading

Security Service Is Not Liable For Assault Allegedly Committed By Unsupervised Employee

Plancarte v. Guardsmark, LLC, 118 Cal. App. 4th 640 (2004) Eveilia Plancarte alleged that Toufik Kadah, a Guardsmark security guard, was responsible for assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, all of which allegedly occurred while she was working as a janitor in a building in which Kadah was working as a … Continue Reading

Employer Was Not Necessarily Liable For Employee’s Actions That Caused Injury To Police Officer

Yamaguchi v. Harnsmut, 106 Cal. App. 4th 472 (2003) San Francisco Police Officer Tadao Yamaguchi and his wife, Tracy, sued Chaiyut Harnsmut and his wife, among others, for injuries Yamaguchi sustained when one of Harnsmut’s employees (Wisan Vatanavkovarun) threw scalding hot oil on Yamaguchi in the midst of an altercation that Wisan was having with … Continue Reading

Employee Failed To State RICO Claim Based On Alleged Mail Fraud

Miller v. Yokohama Tire Corp., 358 F.3d 616 (9th Cir. 2004) Christopher Miller, who worked for Yokohama Tire Corporation for 11 years before his termination, alleged that he was denied overtime pay as a result of a “fraudulent scheme” on the part of his employer. Miller further alleged that Yokohama mailed him and other improperly … Continue Reading

City Is Not Liable For Actions Of Employees Who Acted Outside Scope Of Official Duties

Hoblitzell v. City of Ione, 110 Cal. App. 4th 675 (2003) Timothy Hoblitzell, a construction contractor, sued three employees of the City of Ione and the city itself after the employees identified themselves to one of Hoblitzell’s customers (a property owner) as building inspectors, told the customer that Hoblitzell had been performing the construction without … Continue Reading

Employer May Be Liable For Auto Accident Caused By Employee Who Became Sick From Fumigation

Bussard v. Minimed, Inc., 105 Cal. App. 4th 798 (2003) Barbara Bussard was injured when Irma Hernandez, a Minimed clerical employee, rear-ended Bussard, who was stopped at a red light. Hernandez was on her way home after she became ill at work the day after Minimed had fumigated its premises in order to eliminate a … Continue Reading

The Federal Fair Housing Act Does Not Create Liability For Owner Of Real Estate Corporation

Meyer v. Holley, 537 U.S. 280, 123 S. Ct. 824 (2003) Ellen and David Holley, an interracial couple, sued Triad, Inc., a Triad employee and David Meyer (Triad’s owner) for violation of the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) after the Triad employee allegedly prevented the Holleys from buying a house in Twenty-Nine Palms, California for … Continue Reading

Employer Was Not Vicariously Liable For Employee’s Sexual Misconduct

Doe 1 v. City of Murrieta, 102 Cal. App. 4th 899 (2002) In this case, a Murrieta police officer sexually abused two 16- year-old girls who were participants in the Murrieta Police Department’s Explorer Program. The minors alleged that the City of Murrieta was vicariously liable for the police officer’s sexual misconduct. The trial court … Continue Reading

Property Owner Not Liable For Injuries To Employee Of Subcontractor

Lopez v. C.G.M. Dev., Inc., 101 Cal. App. 4th 430 (2002) C.G.M. Development, Inc., a property owner, entered into a contract with Dekkon Development, Inc., a general contractor, to develop commercial property located in the City of Industry. Dekkon in turn entered into a subcontract with L&E Builders to frame the roof of the building. … Continue Reading
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