Broderick Saleen Obtains $5.15 Million Verdict in Revenge Porn Case

Defendant Secretly Recorded Sexual Encounter, Then Posted Photos on Facebook Last week, Broderick Saleen Law Firm obtained a unanimous $5.15 million verdict in Monterey County for a female revenge porn victim. Here is a link to the news story that aired about the case: https://www.ksbw.com/article/monterey-victim-of-revenge-porn-awarded-dollar5-million-by-jury/22567823 USA Today and other news media also ran stories covering  Read More …

June Supreme Court Decisions and Kavanaugh’s Impact

For someone interested in the Supreme Court of the United States, there is no month more exciting than June. This is when the Supreme Court’s term is about to end and the Justices put out as many opinions as they can before their recess begins. This year, the Justices put out a flurry of opinions  Read More …

Internet Companies Fighting Against New York’s Anti-Revenge Porn Bill

A bill that was introduced in 2013 to target revenge porn in New York has died. As of June 20, 2018, the bill had passed through the Assembly, awaiting Senate approval. On June 21, 2018, the bill died after the Senate adjourned for the year and took no action. The bill would have made nonconsensual  Read More …

Verdict Rewards Plaintiffs Receiving Medical Care on Lien-Basis

A recent verdict in favor of the plaintiff in Pebley v. Santa Clara Organics, LLC (2nd District Case No. B277893) is significant in that it addressed major issues litigated following the verdict in Howell v. Hamilton Meats (2011). In Howell, the court determined that plaintiff could recover in damages the amounts her insurer paid for  Read More …

Intentional Act by Employee Now Covered by Employer’s Insurance

In Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation v. Ledesma & Meyer Construction Company, Inc. (2018), an employee hired by his brother-in-law, the owner of the school, raped a minor while employed by the school. The employee was hired despite being on the sex offender registry. The court held that when an employee intentionally inflicts harm on a  Read More …

Summer Jobs in the Context of #MeToo

As the first summer approaches since the #MeToo movement began, many teenagers and their parents are considering the possibility of teens facing sexual harassment in the workplace. Specifically, they are concerned about sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. Restaurants are the nation’s largest employer for teenagers and the first job for one in three Americans.  Read More …

Workers: Independent Contractors or Employees?

The California Supreme Court held a difficult standard for employers to claim that workers are independent contractors, as opposed to employees. Unless the hiring entity establishes (A) that the worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the  Read More …

DNA Database and Privacy Issues

The alleged Golden State Killer was found through the use of a public genealogy website, which now raises questions about the use of DNA information for law enforcement purposes. The site that was used, GEDMatch, has users upload their genetic information to an online database that is searchable by other users, thereby allowing people to  Read More …

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Women’s Rights

By a five-to-four decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Marylandruled on March 20, 2012 that state workers cannot sue for money damages if their employers deny them medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). This ruling puts state workers and their families at risk when workers  Read More …

Facebook Faces Large Fine Over Privacy Breaches in France

Facebook was issued a $165,616 fine after a French watchdog group accused the company’s privacy policy of violating French law.  While this fine is not going to put a dent in Facebook’s assets, the decision could force Facebook to change the way it operates. According to the French watchdog group, Facebook allegedly compiles personal data  Read More …

Female Coders Allege Gender Bias at Facebook

Data shows that code written by female engineers at Facebook was rejected more often than code written by men.  Some female engineers are crying foul play, stating that the data confirms their beliefs that female employees’ coding faced more scrutiny than male employees’ coding.  Facebook attributes any gap to an engineer’s rank, not gender. However,  Read More …

Stanford Students Criticize University’s Handling of Sexual Assault Complaints

A symposium at Stanford University recently focused on the complaints of the victims of sexual assault on university campuses. Victims claim that Stanford is more concerned about the rights and protection of the assaulting parties than it is for the victims of sexual assault on campus. At the symposium, Congresswoman Jackie Speire discussed her pending  Read More …

Twitter is accused of gender discrimination

In the wake of the much-publicized Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial, the national spotlight is newly focused on the issue of gender discrimination and bias in the tech world. The latest big name tech company to be named in a suit is Twitter, which is facing a class action lawsuit for sexual discrimination. Former software  Read More …

Pregnancy discrimination case against AutoZone results in $185M verdict

Federal jury in San Diego awarded nearly $186 million in punitive damages to a store manager at AutoZone after finding that the company retaliated against the pregnant manager, in the end demoting her and firing her. Rosario Juarez, 43, was awarded about $873,000 in compensatory damages and $185 million in punitive damages report Reuters, the Wall Street  Read More …

EEOC’s New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines and Fair Employment: Know Your Rights

    Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new guidelines to pregnancy discrimination laws. Suffice to say, the writer of said Wall Street Journal piece found little justification for the new legislation. Instead, he claimed that the new changes were simply another “radical legal interpretation” that  Read More …

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Releases New Federal Regulations Regarding Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published new federal regulations for workplace discrimination against pregnant workers. The newly expanded legislation delineates for the first time how the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to pregnant workers, specifying that any form of harassment or discrimination of pregnant workers by their employers is a form  Read More …

Bullying Guidelines Meet Measured Approval with Palo Alto School Board Members

According to the Palo Alto Weekly, after being put on notice by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in December 2012 for mishandling the bullying complaints of a disabled student, the Palo Alto School District has reached an agreement on a new policy that will address the resolution process for complaints  Read More …

White House Responds to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

On April 28, 2014, the Obama administration pledged to take actions to aid in the prevention and resolution of reports of sexual assaults and violence by students on college campuses across the country according to the Wall Street Journal. Spurred on by the protests and outcries of student activists, Obama created the White House Task  Read More …

Former San Diego Mayor Sued Again For Sexual Harassment

According to the Los Angeles Times, another sexual harassment lawsuit was filed this month against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.  Plaintiff Marilyn McGaughy alleges in the lawsuit that Filner kissed, massaged and groped her and made repeated sexual advances and sexual comments. Ms. McGaughy alleges Filner committed sexual harassment, sexual battery, and gender violence  Read More …

Congressional Bill Addresses Military Sexual Assault

On December 9, 2013, negotiators from the House of Representatives and Senate reached a compromise on a proposed bill to address the sexual harassment and assault of military personnel. Though the bill is a major step forward in the much sought after legislation, some proponents of the bill claim it doesn’t go far enough. Senator  Read More …

Women’s Organization Accused of Same-Sex Harassment

According to the New York Times, four women in New York are suing the National Association of Professional Women and three of its executives, alleging that the manager of the pro-women’s organization sexually harassed them by regularly “pinching and grabbing their buttocks and calling them vulgar names.” In addition, the women claim that their paychecks  Read More …

Emotional Distress Claims in Sexual Harassment Cases

Victims of sexual harassment often add a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress to their complaints. To support a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s conduct was so outrageous that it exceeded all bounds that are usually tolerated in a civilized community.  Severe emotional distress means  Read More …

Gun Companies Add More Marketing to Women

Gun companies are increasing their marketing to women through products such as pink Flash Bang Bra holsters and tight “compression” shorts with built in gun holders. Some online gun retailer sites also offer bullet jewelry or jokey T-shirts with slogans like “P.M.S. (Packing’ My Sidearm)”. The Wall Street Journal reports that such marketing is coming  Read More …

Women’s Progress in Careers

Despite having to face sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, women are making progress. The Wall Street Journal reports that women account for a third of the nation’s lawyers and doctors, a major shift from a generation ago when those professions were occupied almost exclusively by men. The Wall Street Journal article goes on  Read More …

The Silencing of Sexual Harassment

The number of sexual harassment charges filed per year has decreased, but this does not indicate that sexual harassment in the workplace has slowed down. In fact, recent poll shows that 1 in 4 women face sexual harassment in the workplace. These sexual harassment claims increasingly either go unreported or are handled through arbitration and  Read More …