Intentional Misconduct May not be a workman’s compensation claim

As California's leading employment law firm representing plaintiff-employees, we've heard just about every workplace horror story there is. Many times, the employer will attempt to shield itself from liability by claiming that the act of retaliation in response to whistle blowing or other acts by the employee is pre-em...

UPDATE – Retired Proctor & Gamble CEO Vows to End Whistleblower Retaliation at VA.

              Robert MacDonald was sworn into office as the 8th Secretary of Veteran's Affairs just over a week ago, and already he has announced changes that will hopefully bring the flailing, failing agency in line with its mission: "To fulfill President ...

San Diego Gas & Electric Ordered to Pay $1.3 Million in Punitive Damages

David Bryant was a long time employee for San Diego Gas & Electric. Over the course of his career there he rose to the level of a billing supervisor. In that position, he was uniquely poised to notice what he deemed to be an unethical practice that was adopted by the utility some time in 2008. According to B...

Employee Rights–Misclassification as Independent Contractor

Employee Rights: California employees misclassified as independent contractors seem to present low-hanging fruit to Calfiornia employers.As California's largest employee-only law firm, we've seen just about all variations on this theme that employers can throw at the public.  A case has just denied these seedy e...

Whistle Blower Retaliation Awards for Punitive Damages

A FLordia resident received what is probably the highest damage award in history against R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Comkpany. The verict was 23.6 Billion (with a B!), based on "only" $17 Million compensatory losses. Punitive damages are available under California State Law (Civil Code 3294, 3295) when an "officer, director o...