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Understanding California Family Medical Leave

San Francisco, CA: When it comes to understanding employment rights, areas such as family leave can be complicated. That’s because family medical leave is covered federally by the Family and Medical Leave Act but is covered in California by the California Family Rights Act. Ultimately, though, it means eligible employees are able to take up to 12 weeks off, paid or unpaid, for certain reasons.

October 28, 2015

Another Tale of Two California Harassment Lawsuits

San Francisco, CA: A California harassment lawsuit has been filed against a janitorial contractor based in Gilroy over allegations of sexual harassment against a female employee by a supervisor. The lawsuit contends that M.A Jones Inc., which also does business as Cleaning Services, did nothing about the harassment allegations, then fired the plaintiff when she reported the behavior. Meanwhile, a separate harassment lawsuit ended in July with a multimillion-dollar verdict in favor of the plaintiff.

October 22, 2015

Undocumented Workers Integral to California Economy

Camarillo, CA: A decision in a wage and hour lawsuit in New York not only carries positive implications for any undocumented worker in the state of California who may feel wronged by an employer, it also lends itself to the depth and breadth of the undocumented workforce in the Golden state.

October 19, 2015

$4.9 Million Settlement Approved for California Prevailing Wage Compliance Lawsuit

San Francisco, CA While various guidelines in the California labor code cover a wide swath of regulations governing wage and labor issues in the state, the California Prevailing Wage Law provides more specific guidelines and requirements for construction, installation and other projects that fall within the purview of public works.

October 2, 2015

California ERISA Lawsuit Results in Settlement Exceeding a Half-Million

Los Angeles, CA Not many notice. Even fewer would take the time or have the tenacity to take action. However, three whistleblowers in California did just that when they detected irregularities in ERISA retirement and benefit plans they were hired to help manage and filed a California ERISA lawsuit. For their efforts, the trio is to receive compensation representing lost wages and damages from no fewer than 12 trustees affiliated with five union trust funds and their Los Angeles-based service provider.

September 19, 2015

California Looks to Abolish Forced Arbitration

Los Angeles, CA A common tactic of employers and organizations looking to avoid lawsuits is to require mandatory arbitration to enforce a contract. The California Senate, however, is looking to abolish mandatory arbitration as it relates to California labor law, preventing employers from forcing employees into arbitration.

September 10, 2015

A Tale of Two California Harassment Lawsuits

Los Angeles, CA Two separate California harassment lawsuits, each involving two students and each alleging harassment on the part of staff at a post-secondary institution: what are the odds?

September 3, 2015

Arbitration Agreement “Unconscionable” in California Wrongful Termination Case

Antioch, CA The plaintiff in a California wrongful termination case has scored a partial victory following the ruling of an appellate court upholding a trial court’s earlier conclusion that an arbitration agreement signed as a condition of employment by the plaintiff was “procedurally and substantively unconscionable.”

August 28, 2015

Longtime Chef Claims Harassment in California Discrimination Lawsuit

Torrance, CA A man who toiled for years as a chef for Benihana National Corp. has filed a wrongful termination and California discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, accusing the defendant of denying him proper wages as well as failing to come to his aid while allegedly harassed for years by other employees until he couldn’t take it any longer and resigned.

August 21, 2015

California Labor Laws Extend to Undocumented Workers

Sacramento, CA The fight for leadership of the Republican Party has again brought the plight of undocumented workers to the forefront of the media, although for dubious reasons. What gets lost in the discussion of building walls and keeping undocumented residents out of the U.S. is the extreme hardship and difficulty many face in their employment. Because undocumented workers are afraid of consequences if they complain about employee treatment, California labor violations of foreign workers’ rights are widespread.

August 18, 2015
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