Can I sue my California employer for defamation?

While most employment cases involve issues of discrimination or labor code violations, an increasing number of our clients are reporting defamation and slander concerns to us. Many of these are based on "internal" work evaluations and/or reasons the employer is giving to the Economic Development Department. The short a...

Whistle Blower Retaliation Awards for Punitive Damages

A FLordia resident received what is probably the highest damage award in history against R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Comkpany. The verict was 23.6 Billion (with a B!), based on "only" $17 Million compensatory losses. Punitive damages are available under California State Law (Civil Code 3294, 3295) when an "officer, director o...