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Matern Law Group, PC employment law blog posts concerning California employee laws & California employee rights for the court of appeals.

Hugging Boss at Work

Bosses Who Hug Their Employees May Create a Hostile Work Environment

Hugs from your boss could indeed create a hostile work environment. In an opinion issued just last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Zetwick v. County of Yolo revived a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Yolo County Sheriff by holding that the U.S. District Court improperly dismissed a …

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Death Knell Doctrine

California Court of Appeal Finds Dismissal of Claims for “Death Knell” Doctrine

In order to protect potential class members’ rights, the “death knell” doctrine permits immediate appeal from a court order denying the certification of class claims, yet preserving individual claims.  In Miranda v. Anderson Enterprises, Inc., 241 Cal. App. 4th 196, 200 (2015), the Court of Appeal ruled that it also applies to the dismissal of …

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