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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

California FMLA Lawsuit Stymied by Tribal Immunity

Cabazon, CA A lawsuit brought before a federal judge in California citing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was lost for the plaintiff when the judge hearing the matter dismissed the case. The FMLA lawsuit was brought by a casino worker who had taken approved time off work for alleged medical reasons, only to have been terminated from her job. The plaintiff had filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.

August 13, 2015

Class-Action Status Given to Apple Wage and Hour Lawsuit

San Francisco, CA Plaintiffs in a California wage and hour lawsuit against Apple have had their class-action motion certified, after initially having the lawsuit dismissed. The main issue in the lawsuit is whether employees should be compensated for time spent waiting for security checks prior to leaving the job site. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12,000 current and former Apple employees, who allege they should have been paid for that time.

August 11, 2015

Will Paid Sick Leave Spur California Labor Lawsuits?

Sacramento, CA Under the California labor law about 6.5 million Californians are - for the first time ever - entitled to paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave Law became effective July 1, 2015 and already some legal experts predict that lawsuits will follow.

July 27, 2015

California Labor Paid Sick Leave Laws Clarified, Still Complicated

Sacramento, CA While recent changes in California labor law relating to sick pay and paid time off for illness were designed as a help and support for California workers, implementing and maintaining those changes has served as a bit of a headache for employers.

July 20, 2015

Respecting Caitlin Jenner and Her Community Under the Law

Sacramento, CA Our introduction this past week to Caitlin Jenner, as sensational as it may have been played out in the media, reminds us that with the modern realities of tolerance and equality, transgendering is anything but sensational and is increasingly accepted carte blanche as an aspect of the new normal. As a result, lawmakers have been grappling with updates of definitions and approaches to traditional bastions such as public and workplace washrooms.

June 6, 2015

Claim Adjusters May Not Be in Good Hands with Allstate

Los Angeles, CA In a case that’s been characterized as wage theft by the plaintiff’s legal team, a California labor lawsuit has been granted favor by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after the latter determined a class-action lawsuit against Allstate Insurance Company (Allstate) can move forward. The insurance juggernaut had attempted to quash the suit.

November 3, 2014

California Wrongful Termination So Wrong

Los Angeles, CA Not only was Robert wrongfully terminated, his employer demanded that he sign an incriminating document before getting his last paycheck. “Signing this pink slip meant that I might not get unemployment insurance and even worse, I might not be able to get a job in the automotive industry again,” he says. “Not only did I get shafted - I think my employer violated California labor laws.”

November 18, 2013

Correctional Officer Forced to Work California Overtime

Irvine, CA Almost all California overtime claims involve working overtime without proper compensation. But Alan’s complaint is that he and other correctional officers were forced to work overtime.

November 16, 2013

Cupcakes with Termination Tasteless

San Francisco, CA First there was the Twinkie defense and now cupcakes for the wrongfully terminated - only in San Francisco! While Maryann’s employer thought the gesture would soften the blow, she believes there is no room for cupcakes in the California labor laws.

October 28, 2013
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