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Cook Brown works with employers to develop optimum and creative strategies for defending against employee claims in jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, before administrative tribunals (such as the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and National Labor Relations Board; the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Labor Commissioner; and Fed-OSHA and Cal-OSHA), and in court-ordered or private arbitration.

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Supreme Court Expands Liability Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act to Third-Party Vendors

In an unprecedented decision issued last month, the Supreme Court ruled in Kristina Raines v. U.S. Healthworks Medical Groupet al. that third-party vendors, who handle labor and employment issues for an employer, can be independently sued as defendants under Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The Court held that so long as such vendors employ five or more persons, they qualify as “agents” of an employer who are subject to liability for discrimination, harassment, and other claims under FEHA.

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