California Law Protects Employees Against Unlawful Retaliation

Say you complain to your supervisor that another co-worker is harassing you or that you are not getting adequate accommodations. The next day or next week your supervisor writes you up for being "unable to get along" in the workplace or reduces your hours if you are an hourly employee. You suspect that the write up or ...

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...

Do you have a whistleblower claim?

Let's suppose you are a good employee. Then you complain to your manager that you discovered that your company has been fraudulently billing the government millions of dollars for services it has never delivered. Suddenly you receive a negative performance review after years of good, positive reviews and raises, or, y...

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...

EEOC settles $425K age discrimination charges against Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The Los Angeles office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled age discrimination charges for $425,000 against Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company of Los Angeles, LLC (Enterprise), a subsidiary of Enterprise Holdings, North America's largest rental car company. The EEOC charges alleged that Ente...

Minimum Wage Increases Create Fresh Grounds for Lawsuits in California

Have you recently reviewed your paycheck to make sure your employer complied with the constantly increasing minimum wage? Aside from the current federal and state minimum wage rates of $7.25 and $9.00, respectively, local city minimums must also be followed. For example, we recently received notice that workers in sev...

Employee Rights: Must Employees Be Paid For On-Call Time?

Does a company have to pay security guards for on-call time, including sleep, they are required to spend at construction worksites where they are subject to their employer's control? Yes, according to the California Supreme Court. In Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., the Court held that the security guards w...

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...

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 ...