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CA Supreme Court Holds Individuals Not Liable For Retaliation In Jones v. The Lodge At Torrey Pines

The California Supreme Court issued its ruling today in Jones v. The Lodge At Torrey Pines.  The Court held:
In Reno v. Baird (1998) 18 Cal.4th 640 (Reno), we held that, although an employer may be held liable for discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (Gov. Code, § 12900 et seq.), nonemployer individuals are not personally liable for that discrimination. In this case, we must decide whether the FEHA makes individuals personally liable for retaliation. We conclude that the same rule applies to actions for retaliation that applies to actions for discrimination: The employer, but not nonemployer individuals, may be held liable.
The opinion can be read here.
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