$3.8 Million Awarded to California Employee in Racial Discrimination Case

Another California employee has been awarded millions of dollars as a result of harassment and retaliation in the workplace. James Duffy began working for the City of Los Angeles in 1991.  For ten years, he maintained a mutually beneficial employment relationship at the Department of Recreation and Parks, even bein...

Another $1 Million for a Los Angeles Employee

Ms. Danielle Wells was a valued member of the Los Angeles Police Department for more than ten years, even being promoted to Sergeant during the time.  However, like all employees, Ms. Wells experienced complications related to her health which affected her ability to perform her duties at work.  During that time, Ms....

Wrongfully Denied Leave

Have you been wrongfully denied intermittent leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, or the California Family Rights Act?  Both the FMLA and CFRA provide employees with the right to take up to 12 weeks of time per year away from work in order to attend to a qualifying family-related issue, whether the time i...

Attention Whistleblowers: CMS Clarifies the 60 Day Overpayment Rule which Drastically Affects False Claims Act Cases

Normally, whistleblowers that come into our office have identified an overpayment made by the government to their employer and the employer, most often, knowingly neglects to repay the amount.  The “60 Day Rule” as it is called was a part of Obama’s Affordable Care Act and implemented in March 23, 2010.  It req...

Multi-Million Dollar False Claims Act Settlements Paid by a Medical Waste Company and a California Hospital System

In yet another case, a regulated medical waste management company by the name of Stericycle entered into a $28,500,000 settlement with the qui tam plaintiff and government.  The qui tam plaintiff was a customer relations specialist for Stericycle and noticed that Stericycle improperly increased its service fees to a n...

Does An Arbitration Agreement Affect Your Employee Rights?

You get hired for a job. Your new employer hands you a stack of papers to sign. Employment application, non-disclosure agreement, and all kinds of policies. You may or may not notice that one of the documents says something about giving up your rights to a jury trial and agreeing to resolve all disputes in binding arbi...

Discrimination in the Workplace – Protecting All National Origins

Discrimination based on an individual’s national origin is shockingly common in the 21st century workplace.  In a state as large and diverse as California, this kind of behavior, though loathsome as it is, becomes almost inevitable.  Whether it comes in the form of a transfer, a demotion, the routine assignment of ...

Pfizer Settles False Claims Act Case for $785M – Lessons (Not) Learned From Previous Cases

It is another week, and yet another multi-million dollar False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlement.  However, this one nears the billion dollar mark and exemplifies a common theme of the government joining the whistleblower lawsuit when the stakes are high.  In this case, Pfizer agreed to pay $785 million to settle cla...

Workplace Retaliation Claims Rose in 2015 and LA Settles Yet Another Multi-Million Dollar Discrimination Case

A former City of Los Angeles gardener received a $3.8 million settlement after a jury found that he was subjected to disability and race discrimination. The gardener worked for the city for 20 years before being forced to retire in 2010 after experiencing harassment and disability for having a mental disability and for...

Uber Set For Trial In June

An update on the ongoing misclassification class action law suit against Uber Technologies Inc. In O’Connor et al v. Uber Technologies, Inc., C.A. No. 13-03826-EMC (N.D. Cal.), a certified class of Uber drivers has sued the ride sharing company alleging that they are being misclassified as independent contractors, a...