SACRAMENTO — In the wake of Sunday night’s flurry of deadline bill signings and vetoes, some members of the plaintiff bar have been left wondering whether a Democrat really did take the governor’s office in January.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed all three of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s top priority bills for 2011. Brown nixed measures — all opposed by business groups — that would have guaranteed bereavement leave, barred out-of-state workplace dispute contracts and authorized attorneys’ fees in small-award discrimination suits.

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