COVID-19 and California Employment Law

As California employees scramble to understand the recent changes in the law as it relates to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the following resources to the community generally and as to protections available to California employees in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Generally: - Federal and California tax return ...

Punitive Damages in WhistleBlower and Retaliation Cases

A recent case, Izell vs. Union Carbide Corporation, has upheld a punitive damages award of 18 million dollars, even though the compensatory portion of the verdict was reduced by the trial judge from $30 to $6 Million. This is very good news for all California employees who win punitive damages based on whistleblo...

Healthcare Workers protection for whistle blowers

There are many whistle blower laws in California (see Labor Code 1102.5, the grandfather of them all), but a specific one for all California health care workers (including doctors) to know about is Health and Safety Code Section 1278.5. This protects anyone who reports issues with patient stafety. It prohbits any healt...

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...