Ninth Circuit

Punitive Damages Allowed in Title VII Case Even Where Only Nominal Damages Awarded

Posted on January 23, 2015
Posted in Title VII

Title VII allows both compensatory and punitive damages and there is a statutory cap that applies, depending upon the size of the employer ($300,000 in the case of employers with more than 500 employees). 42 U.S.C. § 1981a. In a sexual harassment case before the Ninth Circuit, the question was whether punitive damages are available […]

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Ninth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment on Issue of Whether Policy Prohibiting Male Deputies from Supervising Female Inmates is Discrimination

Posted on August 8, 2014

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit found that there were material issues of fact in dispute precluding summary judgment in favor of a county where male deputies claimed a policy prohibiting male deputies from supervising female inmates in the housing units of the jails operated by the County was unlawful sex discrimination in violation […]

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Ninth Circuit Rules–Employee Can Decline FMLA Leave

Posted on March 28, 2014

Employers are all aware that employees do not have to specifically ask for FMLA leave in order for it to be available. However, what if an employee specifically asks that leave not be counted as FMLA leave? In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employee can affirmatively decline FMLA leave, even where […]

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