New Laws Empower Employees with Equal Wages, Fair Contracts, and Lawful Hiring

Employees in California should have reasons to rejoice.  Our elected officials have enacted and our governor signed new bills last week on the last day of the legislative session.  One of these laws will extend the protections of the Fair Pay Act (California’s version of the federal government’s Equal Pay Act) to...

Recent Employment Discrimination Claims against Investment Technology Company Wilshire Analytics and the U.S. Postal Service

Last week, our attorneys reported another interesting age, gender and race discrimination case in Los Angeles County. In this case, a former president of a reputable investment technology company called Wilshire Analytics sued her former employer and its founder, Chairman and CEO Dennis A. Tito alleging that she was te...

California Law Protects Employees Against Unlawful Retaliation

Say you complain to your supervisor that another co-worker is harassing you or that you are not getting adequate accommodations. The next day or next week your supervisor writes you up for being "unable to get along" in the workplace or reduces your hours if you are an hourly employee. You suspect that the write up or ...

Election Season Brings Employment Discrimination to the Forefront and News Headlines

With the election season in full swing, one common topic that keeps making national headlines is Donald Trump’s alleged employment discrimination against women. For instance, there have been allegations that Trump only wanted the pretty young women for certain positions in his company. That is both sex discrimination...

Sex/Gender Discrimination, Equal Pay Act Violations, and Retaliation against America’s Largest University System

A lawsuit filed this week against Cal State University, the largest university system in the United States, alleged that its athletic director, Mike Garrett (formerly the athletic director at USC), and the school violated California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) among others.  The Complaint lists vi...

New EEOC Guidance on Retaliation and New Law Combatting Age Discrimination in Hollywood

Recently, we received reports that a new bill in the California Senate has been approved. This Bill AB 1687 will prohibit age discrimination in Hollywood. Once the law takes effect, it will permit actors, actresses and directors to request that their ages and birthdates be removed from sites that include their informat...

False Claims Act Jury?

Jury trials are required for federal false claims cases unless both the plaintiff and defendant agree to proceed without a jury. An unanswered question is whether a qui tam plaintiff, where the government has intervened, may object to an agreement between the government and the defendant to waive a jury. One exception ...

California Employer Size Matters!

As California's leading employment law firm, we get hundreds of calls a month from potential clients who work for the largest employers down to "mom and pop" entities. As Los Angeles employment attorneys we advise potential clients that the size of their employer (usually "former employer" by the time we get the call) ...

New EEOC Guidance Will Undoubtedly Affect Equal Pay and Pregnancy Discrimination Litigation

It is our firm’s outlook that the second half of 2016 will expose many more equal pay violations in the workplace both nationally and in California. One of the reasons for that is earlier this June the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) presented new guidance documents addressing the equal employmen...

Supreme Court Evaluates Whether Implied or Express Certification of a Violation is Necessary for False Claims Case

One of the most important US Supreme Court decisions interpreting the Federal False Claim Act, 31 USC 3729, is currently under submission. (Universal Health Services, Inc., vs United States ex rel Escobar). In this case, the relator's daughter was allegedly misdiagnosed and mistreated by a health care clinic that bille...