Abercrombie seems to have backed itself into a corner with this one.

A Muslim employee was fired for wearing her hijab. In their motion for summary judgment, Abercrombie's attorney said the wearing of the hijab hurt the store's sales. Unfortunately for Abercrombie, nobody seems to have any evidence supporting these claims. The judge in the case was less than impressed.

California Supreme Court - Mixed-Motives

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

In February, the California Supreme Court ruled that a jury in a mixed-motive case alleging unlawful termination should be instructed that it must find the employer's action was substantially motivated by discrimination before the burden shifts to the employer to make a same-decision showing, and that a same-decision showing precludes an award of reinstatement, back pay, or damages.

Hiking the Minimum Wage

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Small business owners and not-so-small business owners - did you make sure to update your wages?

Courtesy of the California legislature, a 12.5% increase in the minimum wage employers are required to pay employees.  Effective July 1, 2014, Assembly Bill 10 raised the minimum wage from $8.00/hr to $9.00/hr. In another year and a half, effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage will increase again, this time to $10.00/hr.

And, to all my employers out there, make sure your payroll systems are updated to reflect the changes effective July 1, 2014, because Assembly Bill 442 provides for "liquidated damages" in addition to the already existing penalties for violations of California minimum wage law.

One little mistake can cost you a lot of money... If you have any questions regarding the changes to minimum wage law or any other issue affecting the employer/employee relationship, please fee free to give me a call or shoot me an email.

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