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Ex-Hallmark Channel Host Employment Lawsuit, Alleges He was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment

In September of 2018, Mark Steines — previously the host of the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” television show — filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer. In his lawsuit, Mr. Steines alleged that he was fired due to the fact that he reported sexual harassment against coworkers…

California Employer Pays $1.75M to Settle Pregnancy, Disability Discrimination Claim

In December, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Family HealthCare Network — a Visalia, California-based health services company — agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a pregnancy discrimination claim and a disability discrimination claim. According to the agency, Family HealthCare Network used an overly rigid system of…

Employees Who Report Sexual Harassment Cannot Face Defamation Lawsuits

One reason why employees in California might be hesitant to report sexual harassment in the workplace is that, among other reasons, those employees might fear defamation claims brought by the alleged harassers. In an effort to protect California employees who report sexual harassment and sex discrimination, the California legislature passed…

When is a “Legitimate, Nondiscriminatory Reason” Just an Excuse to Fire a Disabled Worker?

Disability discrimination is unlawful under state and federal law. Not only must a California employer refrain from disciplining or firing an employee because of a disability, but the employer must also engage in an “interactive process” to provide a “reasonable accommodation” for the employee’s physical or mental condition. However, the…

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