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Morin Jacob counsels and represents our clients on all labor and employment matters.

She has handled all facets of defense-side state and federal court employment litigation, from pre-litigation through trial and appeal. She has also represented clients in a variety of administrative proceedings, including before the DFEH, EEOC, and EDD. In 2010, Morin first-chaired a five week jury trial for the County of Stanislaus and secured a complete defense verdict on all causes of action.

Morin also has experience in labor negotiations in the public sector. She has represented local agencies in labor negotiations with employee unions.

Pregnant.jpgNew Fair Employment and Housing Commission regulations took effect December 30, 2012 and deal with disability discrimination.  This blog post will focus on the impact of the new regulations on issues related to pregnancy and the treatment of pregnancy related conditions as disabilities. 

The new regulations expand the scope of pregnancy related conditions that can

couthouse-flag.JPGHarris v. City of Santa Monica has been pending before the California Supreme Court since 2011.  On December 4, 2012, the Supreme Court held oral arguments, and issued its long-awaited opinion on February 7, 2013.  The issue pending before the Supreme Court was whether giving a mixed-motive jury instruction under California’s Fair Employment and Housing

Determining what constitutes an “adverse employment action” is critical when an employee sues for retaliation and/or discrimination.  In order to be able to sustain a claim for either retaliation or discrimination, an employee must sufficiently prove that he/she suffered an adverse employment action.  This issue was recently addressed by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of

Money Scale.jpgSince June 28, three California cities have chosen to pursue bankruptcy in the face of burgeoning costs and increasing deficits: Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and San Bernardino.  Public agencies have been dealing with financial difficulties for several years, but other than the City of Vallejo in 2008, none had resorted to bankruptcy as an option, until

Although medical marijuana use is legal under California state law, it remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.  Plus, even though medical marijuana use is legal in California, in 2008 the California Supreme Court, in Ross v. Ragingwire Telecommunications, ruled that an employer may discipline an employee who tested positive for medical marijuana. 

TimeSheet.jpgMost of us assume that showing up for work is an essential part of our job. Most employers have attendance policies in place that require employees attendance at the work location.  However, courts have found that regular attendance is not necessarily an essential function for all jobs.  In a recent case, an employee with a

Government Code section 3304(f), part of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBRA) provides that, when a public agency decides to discipline a peace officer, “the public agency shall notify the public safety officer in writing of its decision to impose discipline, including the date that the discipline will be imposed, within