Conley v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. - Partial day vacation usage is not "forefeiting" it for exempt employees. DLSE opinion differs. Except for the narrow dig into Suastez, this case is unremarkable.
Hope v. California Youth Authority, 134 Cal. App. 4th 577 (2005) - $1.9M verdict for gay cook. 5 years of failure to act on complaints of discrimination. Except for the amount, this case is unremarkable.
and now for the one I'm the most nervous to report on:
Gentry v. Superior Court (Case No. B169805). This case upheld a class action waiver in an arbitration clause in the employment context on the theory that this fits into an exemption in Discover's rule about inherently small amounts that would shield employers from any liability because of the potentially large amounts involved in employment cases.
Well, the only case of that kind I'm working on right now doesn't involve large amounts. Be careful with this, and carefully draft any agreement. I would also suggest that you clarify this rule with any client.