USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel Interviewed on CBS News 8 About Employment Protections and Capitol Protestors

Professor Orly Lobel Interviewed on CBS News 8 About Employment Protections and Capitol Protestors

Professor Orly Lobel

SAN DIEGO (January 26, 2021) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Warren Distinguished Professor of Law Orly Lobel was recently interviewed by CBS News 8 about protestors being fired after storming the U.S. Capitol. She discussed what legal protections exist for employees that participated.

"California protects lawful behavior off the job," said Lobel, noting that those protections don't extend to criminal activity. "The employer is not under an obligation, according to case law, to wait until two years from now to see a conviction," she said, meaning that employers are not required to wait to fire an employee for suspected illegal activity related to the protest.

Across the country, multiple people have lost their jobs, or local businesses have faced negative repercussions, as a consequence of participating in the Capitol protest on January 6.

To watch the complete story and interview with CBS News 8, please click here.

About Professor Orly Lobel

Warren Distinguished Professor of Law Orly Lobel's areas of expertise include Intellectual Property, Employment and Labor Law, Government Agencies, Employment Discrimination, and Regulation. She has received numerous awards in recent years, including the Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship and the Irving Oberman Memorial Award. Her two latest books have won several prestigious awards.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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