A positive development for employers. To establish liability in “mixed motive” employment discrimination cases under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the employee must show that unlawful discrimination was a substantial factor motivating the adverse employment decision, the California Supreme Court ruled. Harris v. City of Santa Monica, No. S181004 (Cal. Feb. 7, 2013). However, if the employer proves that it would have made the same decision absent such discrimination, a court may not award damages, back pay, or order reinstatement. The employee could seek declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as attorney’s fees and costs. For the details, please see California Supreme Court Requires Discrimination as Substantial Motivating Factor in Mixed Motive Cases, Limits Damages Available to Employees.