Posts from August 2019.
Partner Kelly Scott Quoted in Law360 Regarding the CROWN Act and Its Impact on Employers

Kelly O. Scott, Partner and head of Ervin Cohen & Jessup’s Employment Law Department, was recently quoted in the Law360 article entitled, “Hair Bias Bans Mean Employer Grooming Rules Need Review.” The article takes a closer look at the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair), which was signed into California law on July 3, 2019, by Governor Gavin Newsom. California and New York, which enacted a similar law, became the first two states to recognize the connection between racial discrimination and policies that limit appearances, including natural ...

California Court of Appeal Agrees Employer Does Not Have To Pay For Shoes...This Time

Krista Townley was a server at BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. As a server, Townley was required to wear black, slip-resistant close-toed shoes pursuant to company policy.  Townley purchased a pair of canvas shoes that complied with the policy.  She was not reimbursed by BJ’s. What happened next?  You guessed it: Townley filed a class and representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (Lab. Code, § 2698 et seq.) which sought civil penalties on behalf of herself and other "aggrieved employees" for Labor Code violations.

In her lawsuit, Townley claimed that an ...

Business Guide to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: Five Steps in Preparation for Compliance

Does your business collect personal information from California residents?  A person’s name, address, email address, social security number, and driver’s license number are all considered personal information. What about digital information? Does your website track consumers’ browsing histories, search histories, or their interactions with your website or digital advertisements? How about information related to a consumer’s employment history or education? All of the aforementioned are deemed to constitute personal information under the California Consumer ...


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