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...

Airline Employee Rights

Let's say you work for an airline carrier. What are your employee rights if you have an issue related to your employment with the airline? The answer depends on (1) whether you belong to a union and (2) what type of issue or claim you have. We will examine each in turn. If you belong to a union, your union will typi...

Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

The California Labor Commissioner ruled recently that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors of the Uber corporation, in a decision that could shake up the car sharing industry. Defendants Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier-CA LLC (collectively, Uber) argued that Plaintiff was an independent contrac...

Employee Rights Update – Accrued Vacation, Workplace Safety, & Drug/Alcohol Testing

In this segment of ‘Weekly Employee Rights Update’, we aim to provide our employee subscribers with timely educational information from recent cases and laws. Accrued Vacation: As summer commences, here are some employee rights tidbits related to the summer season. Let us begin with everyone’s favorite summe...

Employee Rights Update: Medical Leave and Outside Employment

Imagine the following scenario: You are working for a company. Before you were hired, you signed an agreement in which you agreed to submit any disputes arising out of your employment to arbitration. You also received an employment manual that explicitly stated that you could not hold outside employment while out...

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS: EMPLOYEES CAN BE SOLICITED BY EMPLOYERS’ COMPETITORS

Companies frequently compete and try to hire away each other's employees. While such competition is healthy, it can also result in lawsuits, as companies accuse each other of trying to recruit employees with knowledge of a company's trade secrets. A recent case from Silicon Valley shows that companies have to be ...

Workplace Discrimination: 2015 Ushers in New Era of Age Violation

As Economy Forces Older Workers to Remain at Work, Workplace Discrimination Climbs: Recent Cases Involve Newport Beach Firefighters Suing their Department and a $26 Million Verdict to a Staples Facilities Manager Suing under Workplace Age Discrimination A recent workplace age discrimination lawsuit brought by ...

New National Origin Workplace Discrimination Law in 2015

Employers May Not Discriminate Against Undocumented Workers Who Lawfully Obtain California Driver's Licenses: Workplace Discrimination Effective January 1, 2015, the Safe and Responsible Driver Act will allow more than one million unauthorized immigrants in California to obtain a driver's license. AB 1660 amen...

Will California Non-Discrimination Bill 1660 Conflict with Federal Law?

Assembly Bill 1660, sponsored by Assemblyman Alejo (D-Salinas) was signed into law by Governor Brown, signaling the end of the 2014 legislative session. The Bill gives protections from discrimination to immigrant workers that have heretofore been unseen in the United States. With the federal government and the...

Abercrombie & Fitch Continues its Policy of Discrimination, for now…

Abercrombie & Fitch is well known for its East Coast collegiate style of clothing. The company has come under fire in recent years because its CEO, Mike Jeffries went on a rant about his ideal customer in what has become known as his discriminatory fat-shaming. He only wants to see his clothes on the 'hot, co...