Online Non-disparagement Clauses Targeted by the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission recently filed a complaint against Roca Labs, Inc. and related entities and individuals alleging various violations of the FTC Act, including the use of non-disparagement provisions in its website Terms and Conditions, which was intended to prevent Roca’s customers from sharing their negative experiences with it’s products. The FTC considers the aggressive use of […]

Six Tips For Successfully Fighting Employee Lawsuits

In several previous posts, I’ve written about the co-dependent and often contentious relationship between companies and their employees.  Back in the good old days (about ten years ago), employers took it for granted that if they treated their fairly, they’ll stay out of trouble.  Unfortunately, in today’s  litigious world, even the best employers have no […]

Can You Fire an Employee Who Threatens a Coworker?

The short answer to this question is a resounding yes, as illustrated by a recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Mayo v. PCC Structurals, Inc., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims for disability discrimination brought by an employee who made threats of violence in the workplace. Specifically, the employee […]

The New California Equal Pay Law: Toughest in The Nation

The New California Equal Pay Law: Toughest in The Nation The California State Senate recently approved S.B. 358, which amends California’s Fair Pay Act to significantly expand protections against gender wage inequality.  Governor Jerry Brown has stated that he plans to sign the bill into law, which would take effect on January 1, 2016. Current California […]