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...

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...

Wrongful Termination Damages

Calculating lost wages as a result of wrongful termination, many times a retaliatory act based on our whistle blower client having objected to an illegal activity, is a three step process. The first step is calculating your lost earnings, fringe benefits and retirement income that you would have received "but for" t...

$450 Million Whistleblower Case Settles

DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc, the nation's largest provider of dialysis clinics, has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act. The lawsuit alleged that DaVita intentionally billed the federal government for drugs that were discarded and tha...

Employment Class Actions: Female Attorney Sues Over Unequal Pay

A female attorney is suing Farmers Insurance, one of the nation's biggest insurance companies. The lawsuit claims that Farmers significantly and systematically underpays female attorneys for performing the same job duties as male attorneys. Plaintiff had 22 years of experience when she was hired as a contract att...

Whistleblower Protection for California Employees

As a Los Angeles employment law firm with offices throughout California, a large percentage of our cases involve whistleblower protection for employees, due to their reporting of illegal activities. In fact, California Labor Code 1102.5 prohibits not only reporting (internally or to a governmental agency) but als...

California Employees Entitled to Punitive Damages

As a Los Angeles-based employment law firm representing employees only, we seek punitive damages for our employee-clients who are harmed by adverse employment actions, such as whistle blowers who are terminated for refusing to violate the law. The standards for awarding of punitive damages are "malice, oppression or fr...