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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

Apoyo mostrado al trabajador indocumentado está creciendo en California

Palm Desert, CA: Mientras la Administración Trump continúa cazando al trabajador indocumentado de diferentes formas, sigue habiendo una creciente ola de apoyo para los trabajadores indocumentados en California y su papel en la economía del estado. No obviada por los partidarios de los trabajadores indocumentados, tanto en el estado como el país en general fue la debacle que involucró al candidato original del presidente para la Secretaria del Trabajo, Andrew Puzder, el CEO de CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc. (CKE), que admitió el empleo de una trabajadora indocumentada, y no pagar los impuestos legalmente requeridos sobre su salario.

May 4, 2017

ERISA Exemption Debate Goes to the US Supreme Court

Washington, DC: The ongoing debate over whether, or not an exemption under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA, as amended 1974) applies to non-profit hospitals reached a pivotal juncture in late March when arguments were made before the justices of the US Supreme Court. At stake is the current practice of not-for-profit hospitals with a church affiliation, applying the ERISA exemption according to a long-standing position in the accounting and actuarial world that a church affiliation meets the criteria for the ERISA exemption.

May 2, 2017

Supplier to US Government Settles Compliance Lawsuit for $1.65 Million

Palo Alto, CA: A software company located in Silicon Valley that is also a sub-contractor to the federal government has agreed to terms of a settlement that puts an end to a compliance lawsuit brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) alleging the defendant, Palantir Technologies Inc. discriminated against job applicants of Asian descent.

May 1, 2017

Wrongful Termination Plaintiff Suffers Heart Attack

Los Angeles, CA: There is yet another development in the story surrounding a California litigant having brought a wrongful termination lawsuit. Former tennis commentator Doug Adler, who had served as a tennis analyst and commentator for ESPN before he was fired, has suffered a heart attack he blames on the stress associated with the legal dispute in which he is embroiled with his former employer.

April 26, 2017

Latest Revision to California Family Rights Act Goes to Committee April 24

Sacramento, CA: We are just beyond the one-year anniversary of an expansion to the California Family Rights Act, or CFRA, that was first brought in 16 years ago.

April 23, 2017
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