Former Employee Wins $11.1 million judgment against Hologram Production Executive

Former Employee Wins $11.1 million judgment against Hologram Production Executive The Los Angeles Times reported on April 27, 2019, that a 42-year old woman was awarded $3.1 million in compensatory and non-economic damages and $8 million in punitive damages – for her sexual harassment lawsuit. Ms. Chastity Jones b...

What Criminal Records Can’t Be Reviewed by a Prospective Employer

The new ban the box law in California provides that employers must wait until a conditional offer of employment is made before they conduct a criminal background check. The law prevents the prescreening of applicants. In this way, the decision to hire the applicant is based on his/her abilities. Once the offer of em...

Disability Discrimination Is Not OK – Employees Have Rights

Have you ever wondered what your rights are in the workplace? In today's post, we will discuss disability discrimination and how California law protects employees who are or become disabled. We have previously written about what is a disability under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). An employee i...

Age Discrimination Lawsuits Upsurge against PWC and Fire Departments in San Francisco and Riverside County, Respectively

Our San Francisco and Riverside County employment attorneys report a spike in age discrimination lawsuits this week.  One was filed this week by a Certified Public Accountant by the name of Steve Rabin against the internationally renowned consulting and accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Rabin v. PricewaterhouseC...

$5.8 Million Awarded in Class Action Wage and Hour Claim

Just this Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court upheld a $5.8 million award in a class action lawsuit against Tyson Foods, Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo. Court-watchers across the country are hailing the decision as a “setback to corporate America” (The Los Angeles Times), and a boon for employees’ seeking justi...

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...

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...

$7 Million Age And Disability Discrimination Verdict Against Major Newspaper

A jury awarded an award winning columnist $7.1 million after finding that the Los Angeles Times discriminated against him due to his age and disability. In this blog post, we will provide a brief overview of age discrimination and disability discrimination claims. We will also explain how the law protects employees aga...

New Law: Professional Cheerleaders in California Are Now Employees

A new bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown requires that cheerleaders working for professional football and basketball be classified as employees and be paid at least minimum wage. AB 202 is a new and pioneering law of its kind and follows a number of lawsuits filed by cheerleaders against professional spor...

New Updates on Accommodation, Retaliation, and California’s Family Rights Act

In this segment of ‘Weekly Employee Rights Update’, we aim to provide our employee subscribers with timely educational information from recent cases and laws. New Workplace Protection to Employees Requesting Accommodation: Last week, the California Assembly finalized its review of a bill that will revise portio...