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Stefanie Vaudreuil has spent her legal career providing counsel and advice to and litigating on behalf of public agencies, including fire departments/districts, law enforcement, cities, counties, special districts, school districts, charter schools, community colleges, and county offices of education.  Stefanie also is experienced in advising and representing independent schools. Stefanie, the daughter of a retired fire marshal, has a special interest in working with fire departments and districts.  She understands and appreciates the unique culture that is the fire service.

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Everyone in Southern California Would Need to be Accommodated If This Were a Disability

A former employee in New Jersey sued her employer for wrongful termination after she requested an accommodation for her disability: an inability to drive in rush hour traffic due to anxiety and depression.

African-Woman-Interviewing.jpgDear Human Resource Managers (and other interested management):

How many times has an employee complained to you that he or she was not being paid fairly?  Certainly, at least once and possibly more.  What was your impression of the complaint?  Did you immediately disagree?  Did you understand what the employee was actually complaining about?  Did

Quite a bit has changed since we last visited this topic generally in 2014.  Approximately eighteen states and over 200 municipalities ban gender identity discrimination.  Indeed, for several years, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act has prohibited discrimination on the basis of “sex, gender, gender identity, [and] gender expression.”  As to federal law, this

FraudRecently, an already cash-strapped small California city realized that a finance employee embezzled $4.3 million over twelve months.  Multiple theories emerged about what would motivate an educated, professional with a clean employment history to steal money from his public employer, and from the unwitting citizens, who were impacted by the massive theft.  An interesting theory

workers-compEmployers often worry, for good reason, that they are unable to take an adverse employment action against an employee who has made a claim for workers’ compensation. But, if an employer is prepared for the inevitable 132a discrimination charge, employees on workers’ compensation are not immune from being disciplined.

Why should employers care when it

Prescriptions While this is not the first time a “war on drugs” has been politicized, the new war in 2016 is different than President Nixon’s 1971 declaration of war on drugs and Nancy Reagan’s 1981 “just say no” campaign. The 2016 presidential candidates are espousing the country’s desperate need to control the illegal use of legal

Fire-Helmet.jpgIn a long anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court has held that a supervisor’s daily log, or file, was not a “file used for any personnel purposes” under the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights.  In 2013, the Court of Appeal ruled that a fire captain’s daily log documenting firefighter performance should have been disclosed to

marijuana_legal_gavelIn the 2008 case Ross v. RagingWire Telecommunications, Inc., the California Supreme Court held that employers are not required to accommodate an employee’s medicinal marijuana use irrespective of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 [Health & Safety Code section 11362.5], which provides that persons using marijuana under the care of a physician are not