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Google Characterizes DOL Compliance Request as Beyond Its Mandate

Mountain View, CA: Metaphors flew late last month during a California administrative compliance lawsuit hearing over an alleged refusal on the part of tech giant Google Inc. (Google) to comply with a mandated requirement by the US Department of Labor (DOL) to hand over documents and data with regard to a pay equity spot check.

June 8, 2017

Plaintiff Wrongfully Accused of Racism Files California Harassment Lawsuit

Los Angeles, CA: A former cycling instructor has launched a California harassment and wrongful dismissal lawsuit against her former employer and a former colleague at the facility, as well as the parent company of SoulCycle, Equinox Holdings. The plaintiff asserts her former colleague – who is an African American – wrongfully branded the plaintiff as a racist and a Donald Trump supporter, neither of which are true according to Lindsay Buckley, who is white and filed her harassment lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court.

June 7, 2017

California Employer Cited Following Death of Employee

Weed, CA: A forklift trainee who had been on the job four months with Crystal Geyser Roxane (CGR) in Weed, California and suffered fatal injuries when the forklift he was operating at the job site tipped over, had passed all requisite safety and evaluation tests. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health(OSHA) nonetheless issued four citations against CGR following the death of the young trainee.

June 5, 2017

DOL Still Searching Google for Documents Over Compliance

Mountain View, CA: An administrative lawsuit over allegations of pay disparity and gender discrimination against women involving the California-based Google Inc. (Google) translates to a feud between the search engine juggernaut and the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (DOL, OFCCP).

May 31, 2017

California Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Targets SpaceX

Los Angeles, CA: A former technician for one of California’s highest-profile employers is characterizing Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) as a company maintaining a culture that allows for falsification of test results, or so it is alleged. The plaintiff, in his wrongful termination lawsuit, holds that his refusal to falsify documents and his attempts to report the practice to his superiors eventually got him fired.

May 28, 2017

Former Television Executive Files Lawsuit, Alleges FMLA Violations et al

Los Angeles, CA: A former executive with Black Entertainment Television (BET) in Los Angeles has filed an 18-count wrongful dismissal lawsuit against BET and parent company Viacom Inc. Amongst the allegations are charges of discrimination, gender bias and violations against the Family and Medical Leave Act.

May 22, 2017

California Wage & Hour Lawsuit Against MLB in Rain Delay

Oakland, CA: As the major league baseball season continues to roll along, a wage & hour lawsuit against Major League Baseball brought by minor leaguers over rates of pay and other issues continues to traverse a rocky path akin to the bases loaded in the 9th, with nobody out in a tie game and you’re the team pitching…

May 17, 2017

Former Personal Chef to Rap Star Sues for Harassment

Los Angeles, CA: The one-time personal chef for rap performer Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has filed a California harassment lawsuit against her former employer, alleging sexual harassment as well as accusations that she was overworked and underpaid while in Mr. Comb’s employ.

May 14, 2017

The Value of the Undocumented Worker in California Can’t Be Overstated

Los Angeles, CA: The rhetoric against the undocumented worker has, for now been toned down in the wake of other issues taking more immediate precedence in the Trump White House, while support for the undocumented worker continues to roll through California and the positive impact undocumented immigrants have on the state economy.

May 10, 2017

Former Wells Fargo Manager Ordered Reinstated, Earns $5.4 Million Payday

Los Angeles, CA: An OSHA whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former manager at Wells Fargo & Co. (Wells Fargo) in California has ended with an order by the US Department of Justice(DOJ) that the plaintiff be re-hired by his former employer, together with the repayment of about $5.4 million in back pay and legal fees. The order, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is yet another blemish on an institution that has been the subject of massive amounts of ill will and bad press in recent months.

May 5, 2017
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