Wrongful Termination

WRONGFUL TERMINATION Did this happen to me? California, like many other states in the United States, is an ‘at-will' employment state.  At-will employment is a term used in U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without havin...

False Claim Act Case?

We are pleased to report a $1,7000,000 settlement of yet another case filed under the Federal False Claims Act. In this case, qui tam action on behalf of the United States was filed against a group of doctors and various "rehabilitation" clinics such as the Advanced Occupational Rehabilitation, Inc. The plainti...

How much punitive damages can I win?

We have blogged in the past in Los Angeles Employment Lawyer about punitive damages under California's Civil Code, Sections 3294 and 3295. Just to refresh, punitive damages are available if an "officer, director or managing agent engaged in "malice, oppression or fraud" in the conduct upon which the jury based ...

Wage and Hour Class Action

Ecolab,Inc., has settled a wage and hour class action lawsuit, alleging violations of the California Labor Code, the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) and the Unfair Business Practices Act, for $29,000,000. This is certainly one of the largest, pre-trial settlements to come along recently. What makes this rat...

Wage and Hour Violation Settlements

Two significant wage and hour cases have just settled before trial. The violations that both cases alleged involved the usual categories of employer misdeeds, including failure to pay overtime, to pay all wages due, to provide meal or rest periods, provide accurate payroll stubs, failure to reimburse for busine...