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...

The Demise of DOMA Leads to FMLA Changes

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, which was a federal law that is partly responsible for the institutionalized discrimination against same sex couples and LGBTQ individuals.  The landmark case of United States vs. Windsor resulted in a ruling b...