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California Teacher Tenure Laws Upheld by Appellate Court

Overturning a trial court ruling, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held that teacher tenure laws are constitutional in the case of Vergara v. State of California, decided April 14, 2016. The case involves nine public school students who challenged several provisions of California’s Education Code that govern K-12 public school … Continue Reading

Public Sector Union Fees Continue to Hang in the Balance With Scalia’s Passing

The recent death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia will give public sector unions a short respite in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., a case that was likely to limit public sector unions’ ability to require mandatory fees from public workers. Following last month’s oral arguments before the High Court, many legal analysts expected … Continue Reading

Public School Students Sue California; Court Rules Fundamental Right to “Quality of Education”

Vergara v. California could become one of the most important cases to ever be litigated in California. The lawsuit’s outcome stands to impact hundreds of thousands of people in the State of California and has the potential to affect millions of lives across the Country. But what is the case? It’s possible you’ve never heard of it. … Continue Reading

Shift-Based Discrimination May Support Race-Based Animus in Hostile Work Environment Claims

On April 30, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a lawsuit filed by Plaintiff Ronald El-Malik Curtis against the City of Oakland, and several individual city officials on the ground that facially-neutral conduct could support a finding of racial animus sufficient to sustain a hostile work environment claim when … Continue Reading