Severance Agreements – What Does the Employer Want

Employers don’t give severance pay through the kindness of their hearts. They want something in return. They may offer severance to encourage older workers to leave so they can replace them with younger cheaper workers. Employers may offer severance because a company needs to downsize. Often employers want to buy off...

Legal and Practical Issues for Unlimited Vacation Policies in California

The Trend of Unlimited Vacation Policies | California Employment Law Most businesses used to offer employees vacation time based on the number of months or hours they worked. A common example for starting employees is one week off for every six months worked. In California, vacation time was required to be accrued. Th...

False Claim Act Cases Result in Lucrative Awards for Whistleblowers

False Claims Act cases filed by whistleblowers are an important way to keep companies accountable when they defraud the government and consumers, and also compensate the whistleblower for their efforts in bringing the company to justice.  Below are some recent whistleblower cases of note, and the awards paid by the co...

California Employees Leaves of Absence, Transfers, Telecommuting and Mental Health Issues

What California Employees Should Know about Workplace Accommodation in 2018: Leaves of Absence, Transfers, Telecommuting and Mental Health Issues By: Steve Danz, Esq. What is the status of workplace accommodation in California courts? California workplace accommodation was a hot area for litigation in 2017; a tren...

San Jose California Approves Landmark Opportunity to Employment Law

A new employment law was approved in November, 2016 that addresses a serious unemployment problem in San Jose. The law is likely to be a model for other laws across California and the nation. Already there is a state initiative in place. The law was enacted with the support of many San Jose civic organizations, poli...

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) ...

$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...

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...