by Keith A. Watts, Esq., Ogletree Deakins, Orange County
The California Supreme Court has issued a long-awaited decision on whether the “mixed-motive” defense applies to employment discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
The court held that even if an employee proves discrimination was a substantial motivating factor for an employment action, he or she can’t collect damages or demand reinstatement if the employer proves it would have made the same decision anyway. (Harris v. City of Santa Monica, No. S181004, California Supreme Court, 2013)
Accidents … and a pregnancy
Wynona was hired by the city of Santa Monica as a bus driver trainee in October 2004. During her training period, she had an accident that broke the glass on the bus’s back door. The city deemed the accident “preventable.”
In November 2004, after completing her training, the city promoted Wynona to probationary...(register to read more)