San Francisco Court Expands Individual Liability and Reinforces Protection to Whistleblower

In an interesting recent ruling, a federal district court in California stated that individual executives and directors at companies may be held liable for alleged corporate fraud and corruption.  In this unique case, a former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories was allowed to proceed with his claim against the co...

Worker Classification Cases Abound and the DOL Responds

Several more cases this week showed how worker (mis)classification remains a hot topic in the California employment law landscape.  One of the cases was settled for $295,000 when a class of trucking company driver managers brought claims that they were misclassified as exempt from overtime employees.  As opposed to m...

Recent Cases in Employee Privacy Rights, Workplace Arrangements, and Overtime

Three cases from this week showed how employee privacy, workplace arrangements, and overtime remain hot topics in the California employment law landscape. The first case is a settlement by Sony Pictures where it agreed to pay at least $2 million dollars and up to $4.5 million to a proposed class of former and curren...

Former Bank Internal Auditor Brings Interesting Whistleblower Case

This week a former Bank of Internet USA internal auditor brought forth a whistleblower law suit alleging that the bank hid information from the government and then threatened, harassed, and fired him for speaking up about the wrongdoing.    The bank, located in San Diego, boasts that it is “America’s Oldest and ...

California’s New Equal Pay Act and Protections Against Retaliation

Last week, California’s legislature cleared the way for a new bill that will ensure there’s equal compensation for women in the workplace.  Accordingly, Governor Jerry Brown has indicated he promptly sign the bill into law.  The new bill specifically prohibits employers from paying different wages to employees ba...