$450 Million Whistleblower Case Settles

DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc, the nation's largest provider of dialysis clinics, has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act. The lawsuit alleged that DaVita intentionally billed the federal government for drugs that were discarded and tha...

Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

The California Labor Commissioner ruled recently that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors of the Uber corporation, in a decision that could shake up the car sharing industry. Defendants Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier-CA LLC (collectively, Uber) argued that Plaintiff was an independent contrac...

Employee Rights Update – Accrued Vacation, Workplace Safety, & Drug/Alcohol Testing

In this segment of ‘Weekly Employee Rights Update’, we aim to provide our employee subscribers with timely educational information from recent cases and laws. Accrued Vacation: As summer commences, here are some employee rights tidbits related to the summer season. Let us begin with everyone’s favorite summe...

Employee Rights Update: Discrimination and Misclassification

In this segment of our ‘Employee Rights Update’, we aim to provide our employee subscribers with timely educational information from recent cases and laws. (1) Racial Discrimination against a White Male: A California jury awarded $3.25 million to a former City of Los Angeles gardener who sued under racial discri...