Christopher B. Dolan

Proposition 213 limits one’s recovery of economic damages in the case of a motor vehicle accident, though certain exceptions exist. (Courtesy photo)

Liability coverage under auto policies follows driver, not car

This week’s question comes from Bao in Union City, who writes: Q:…

Proposition 213 limits one’s recovery of economic damages in the case of a motor vehicle accident, though certain exceptions exist. (Courtesy photo)
A hostile work environment occurs when an employee experiences severe or pervasive offensive conduct that interferes with his or her ability to perform a job. The offensive conduct can take many forms, including touching or blocking movements. (Courtesy photo)

Uber harassment claim far too common in tech industry

This week’s question comes from Maria in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

A hostile work environment occurs when an employee experiences severe or pervasive offensive conduct that interferes with his or her ability to perform a job. The offensive conduct can take many forms, including touching or blocking movements. (Courtesy photo)
Wrongful termination claims include reporting a violation of a statute of public importance to supervisors or the government — commonly referred to as “blowing the whistle.” (Courtesy photo)

Employee protections when reporting crimes

This week’s question comes from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous:…

Wrongful termination claims include reporting a violation of a statute of public importance to supervisors or the government — commonly referred to as “blowing the whistle.” (Courtesy photo)
President Donald Trump displays one of the executive orders he signed during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool/Sipa USA/TNS)

Checks and balances impede Trump’s plans

This week’s question comes from Harry in Walnut Creek, who asks: Q:…

President Donald Trump displays one of the executive orders he signed during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool/Sipa USA/TNS)
A psychotherapist who engages in an act of sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral copulation or sexual contact with a patient or client is guilty of sexual exploitation, a criminal offense. (Courtesy photo)

When therapists take advantage of patients

This week’s question comes from Sheila P. in San Francisco, who asks:…

A psychotherapist who engages in an act of sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral copulation or sexual contact with a patient or client is guilty of sexual exploitation, a criminal offense. (Courtesy photo)
In an addition to cases recognizing the duty of a bar owner to protect patrons from others, a bar owner has an obligation to protect patrons from their own security guards. (Courtesy photo)

Bar owners must protect patrons from bouncers

This week’s question comes from Jeff in the Marina, who asks: Q:…

In an addition to cases recognizing the duty of a bar owner to protect patrons from others, a bar owner has an obligation to protect patrons from their own security guards. (Courtesy photo)
President Donald Trump arrives at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Criticism of president protected, threats are not

This week’s question comes from David in Albany, who writes: Q: “Chris,…

President Donald Trump arrives at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
When it comes to cases of drunken driving, the law has been heavily influenced by the insurance companies. (Courtesy photo)

Legal lapse exists in drunken driving liability

This week’s question comes from Trisha in Hayward, who asks: Q: “My…

When it comes to cases of drunken driving, the law has been heavily influenced by the insurance companies. (Courtesy photo)
In California, there are three different statutes that determine the amount of time an employee can take off from work when a child is born: the Family Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act and the Pregnancy Disability Leave law. (Courtesy photo)

Maximize your paid time off when a child is born

This week’s question is from Cristy in Albany, who writes: Q: “Chris,…

In California, there are three different statutes that determine the amount of time an employee can take off from work when a child is born: the Family Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act and the Pregnancy Disability Leave law. (Courtesy photo)
A contract involves three things: an offer, acceptance and consideration. (Courtesy photo)

Promises are tough to enforce without a contract

This week’s question comes from Shelia D. in South City, who asks:…

A contract involves three things: an offer, acceptance and consideration. (Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy Photo)

Shield yourself from sexual harassment in the workplace

This week’s question comes from Janet in the East Bay, who writes:…

(Courtesy Photo)
When California voters passed Proposition 64 in November, they did not make the use of marijuana equivalent to the consumption of alcohol. (Courtesy photo)

Prop. 64 doesn’t prohibit employers from mandating drug tests for marijuana use

This week’s question comes from James in Orinda, who asks: Q: “I…

When California voters passed Proposition 64 in November, they did not make the use of marijuana equivalent to the consumption of alcohol. (Courtesy photo)
Charred windows and walls of the “Ghost Ship” warehouse in Oakland are seen Dec. 4, two days after a fire claimed the lives of 36 people. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Building inspection inefficiencies are no surprise in Oakland

My heart, and the hearts of the entire Bay Area, go out…

Charred windows and walls of the “Ghost Ship” warehouse in Oakland are seen Dec. 4, two days after a fire claimed the lives of 36 people. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland law enforcement officials display images from the scene of the “Ghost Ship” warehouse fire that claimed the lives of 36 people. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

‘Ghost Ship’ fire illustrates importance of safety regulations

Nearly a year and a half ago, the Bay Area was rocked…

Oakland law enforcement officials display images from the scene of the “Ghost Ship” warehouse fire that claimed the lives of 36 people. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
When dealing with concerns about consumer fraud and injustice, it’s important to report all suspicions of wrongdoing and document all related communications. (Courtesy photo)

Time to speak out against consumer fraud

This week’s question comes from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous:…

When dealing with concerns about consumer fraud and injustice, it’s important to report all suspicions of wrongdoing and document all related communications. (Courtesy photo)

Know your rights when dealing with TNCs

When they first began operating, Uber and Lyft failed to carry adequate…

San Francisco has been a leader in providing rights to workers through its own Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, on which California’s laws were based. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco leads way in employees’ paid leave rights

This week’s question comes from Rebecca in Foster City, who writes: Q:…

San Francisco has been a leader in providing rights to workers through its own Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, on which California’s laws were based. (Courtesy photo)
Ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft are subject to regulation by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Studies find discrimination in ride-hail businesses

This week’s question comes from Reggie from the East Bay: Q. “I…

Ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft are subject to regulation by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Early voters cast their ballots at City Hall in San Francisco on Nov. 1, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Employers required to provide time off to vote

This week, I will address a few questions that I have received…

Early voters cast their ballots at City Hall in San Francisco on Nov. 1, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It may seem like a hassle, but providing a statement after witnessing an accident is often only a minor inconvenience that can be of great assistance to others involved. (Courtesy photo)

If you witness a collision, offer your assistance

This week’s question comes from Johanna in the Mission, who writes: Q:…

It may seem like a hassle, but providing a statement after witnessing an accident is often only a minor inconvenience that can be of great assistance to others involved. (Courtesy photo)