Bloomberg Law
Aug. 21, 2023, 7:02 PM

California Law Extends to Entities Hired by Employers as Agents

Joyce E. Cutler
Joyce E. Cutler
Staff Correspondent
Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

Business entities acting as agents of an employer can be directly liable for discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, the state supreme court unanimously ruled Monday in a case involving a medical screener that allegedly asked job applicants impermissible questions.

The California Supreme Court was answering a question from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a federal case brought by two workers in California. They say they received conditional job offers and were then asked improper personal questions as part of an occupational health screening by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group.

The workers argued ...

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