What are the Legal Ramifications of an Outdated Employee Handbook Not Followed by a California Employer?

A handbook sets forth the terms and conditions of employment and the policies and procedures that govern the relationship. Often times, the decision to terminate an employee, for example, was based on legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons, but the outdated employee handbook raises a number of employment-related violations that may have nothing to do with the termination that allows the employee to assert legal claims against the employer individually or on behalf of a class.

Moreover, to the extent that there are policies that are not followed at all, or consistently, by the employer, the policies will be used against the employer.