Patterson v. Domino's Pizza

On July 30, we blogged about the recent efforts of the National Labor Relations Board to hold corporate  franchisors, such as McDonald’s, liable for the acts of individual franchisees toward employees under the theory that  the “parent” company is a “ joint employer.”  We opined that this effort was a “stretch” to deviate from traditional

By now, employers seem to understand their obligation to keep their employees from committing sexual harassment. A California appellate court decision handed down this week emphasizes that it isn’t enough to just worry about your employees.

In Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC (pdf), an employee working for a Domino’s franchisee alleged that her supervisor sexually harassed and