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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Haligowski v. Superior Court: Like FEHA, California Law Prohibiting Discrimination Against Members of Armed Services Does Not Permit Action Against Individual Supervisor

In Haligowski v. Superior Court (Pantuso) (11/10/11), 200 Cal.App.4th 983, the Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order (Los Angeles Superior Court, Judges Susan Bryant–Deason and Coleman A. Swart) overruling a demurrer, holding: 
  1. Like the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which contains similar language and embodies similar goals, Military and Veterans Code section 394, which prohibits employers from discriminating against members of the armed forces,allows servicemen and servicewomen plaintiffs to hold their employers, but not individual employees, liable for discrimination; and 
  2. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) (38 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.) does not supersede the California anti-discrimination statute. 
The opinion is available here

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