Earlier than submitting a lawsuit regarding employment-related claims of discrimination or harassment (comparable to sexual harassment), an aggrieved worker first should make a submitting with the California Division of Honest Employment and Housing (“DFEH”). The DFEH is the executive physique tasked with overseeing employment discrimination beneath the California Honest Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). The FEHA is the principle anti-discrimination statute right here within the Golden State. If an worker doesn’t file with the DFEH throughout the acknowledged deadline, the worker is barred from asserting a declare after the deadline and can’t file a lawsuit in state or federal courtroom. In different phrases, if the deadline passes, typically talking, no case might be filed.
Till not too long ago, the deadline for submitting a declare with the DFEH was one yr. Governor Newsom, nevertheless, simply signed Meeting Invoice 9 (“AB 9”) which extends that deadline to 3 years. AB 9 is generally called the Cease Harassment and Reporting Extension (“SHARE”) Act and was authored by Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes (D-Grand Terrace). See information report right here. The SHARE Act was touted as an anti-sexual harassment invoice, however the precise language of AB 9 is just not restricted to sexual harassment claims. All employment-related claims of bias, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation now carry the longer deadline. The SHARE Act turns into efficient on January 1, 2020. It’s unclear if the revised statute of limitations might be retroactive. Nonetheless, most statutes are given retroactive impact by California courts and San Diego employers ought to assume that AB 9’s impact is retroactive.
Assemblywoman Reyes and different proponents of the SHARE Act argued that the longer time deadline was wanted as a result of most individuals are unaware of the one-year deadline and that the longer deadline is the usual beneath different varieties of lawsuits. Additional, because the Committee feedback notice, it takes “… braveness, and assist for victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence to really feel snug making public allegations towards the perpetrator of their abuse.” Extending the statute of limitations will give victims time to course of their trauma, to completely grasp what has occurred, and to organize for the method of confronting their perpetrator. Moreover, since many victims worry retaliation if they arrive ahead, the additional time permits for victims to seek out new employment earlier than starting the method of submitting a criticism with the DFEH.
AB 9’s enactment will mandate numerous adjustments for employers together with:
- Adjustments in file holding since a declare of harassment or discrimination should now be stored open for a minimum of three years — this consists of holding observe of potential witnesses who might separate from the corporate and retention of digital communications
- Different efforts to keep away from the staleness of proof such contemporaneous recording/video recording statements throughout any inner investigation
- Potential changes to insurance coverage protection
- Attainable elevated insurance coverage premiums
- Assessment of and potential changes to contractual language for severance contracts, releases, and employment contracts
- With respect to potential mergers and acquisitions, due diligence of administration habits and harassment/discrimination threat assessments should now delve again three years; revised contract language may be wanted
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