UCLA Oncologist Wins $13 Million Sex Discrimination case

UCLA Oncologist Wins $13 Million Sex Discrimination case A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that a female cancer researcher, Dr. Lauren Pinter-Brown, was treated unequally by her male colleagues. From 2005 to 2015, Doctor Pinter-Brown’s research focused on lymphoma. According to a CBS Los Angeles story. Doctor ...

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 ...

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...

Have You Been Mis-Classified as an Employee or Independent Contractor – The Answer May Be Crucial to the Success of Your Case

When analyzing an employment law case, one must first determine whether the worker was an employee or independent contractor. This is important because in California employment-at-will means that an employer can fire an employee for just about any reason other than one that is prohibited under law. The following is a b...

Jury Awards $3 Million to a School District’s Employees for Unlawful Retaliation AND An Editor Sues Associated Press for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Last Friday, a federal jury awarded over $3 million dollars to six current and former employees of a school district.  The employees’ main allegation was that they were demoted and their salaries were reduced as an act of retaliation by the board of trustees due to the employees’ political affiliation during a pri...

Misclassification and Racial Discrimination Claims in Los Angeles

Ms. Jewel Gardner, a former employee of DineEquity Inc. (and formerly its predecessor, International House of Pankakes, and then IHOP), who had dedicated 22 years of work to her employer, has filed a California wage and racial bias lawsuit against the company.  As wage and misclassification lawsuits grow in number acr...

$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...

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...