San Francisco, CA: A woman who reported wrongdoing at Wells Fargo has filed a lawsuit in California alleging she was fired in retaliation for reporting illegal activity and was harassed by her superiors. Diana Duenas-Brown, who worked at Wells Fargo in California for 14 years and was a branch manager for 11 years, filed the lawsuit on December 9 alleging wrongful termination and retaliation.
Los Angeles, CA: A major media corporation got an early Christmas present December 20 when a three-judge panel with the Second Court of Appeal in California reversed a lower court’s ruling holding Time Warner Cable Services LLC (Time Warner, TWC) liable for wrongful termination and disability discrimination.
Los Angeles, CA: Even though the losing defendant in a California employee’s rights and compliance lawsuit felt they had scored a win nonetheless, attorneys for Wal-Mart have signaled their likely intention to appeal the $54-plus million verdict. The plaintiffs, who were asking for more and received less than anticipated in the jury award for the plaintiff’s side, indicated they would appeal as well.
Sacramento, CA: Following Donald Trump's election as US president, lawmakers have vowed to protect California's undocumented workers and other illegal immigrants from deportation. The move comes following promises from Trump to deport or incarcerate at least eleven million "criminal" immigrants. The California State Legislature, however, has passed resolutions that would challenge immigration policies that unfairly target or harm undocumented workers.
Undocumented workers are often the victim of workplace abuses because they fear deportation if they file complaints against their employers or supervisors. Although they are protected from deportation if they complain about illegal behavior at the workplace, the threat of action against them is often enough to silence those who do not know their rights. With new threats of deportation or incarceration for people who are here illegally, undocumented workers could face more victimization at the hands of their employers.
The Huffington Post (12/5/16) reports that at the start of its new session, the California legislature announced resolutions asking Trump to not follow through on his promised deportation policies. The resolutions, which are identical, note the importance role immigrants play in California's economy.
"Immigrants are vital to many of California's industries such as technology, health care, agriculture, construction, hospitality, and domestic services," read the resolutions. "Immigrants also represent a large percentage of small business owners and create [economic] prosperity and needed jobs for everyone."
According to a 2014
California also introduced two bills that would protect immigrants, including establishing a fund to pay for lawyers to defend immigrants at risk of deportation.
Among protections offered to immigrants in California are in-state tuition rates for undocumented students and driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
"It is neither humane nor wise to ignore the many contributions of this community to our economy and culture," Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon said in a news release. "California celebrates diversity. We don't deport it."
Senate Leader de Leon also stated that California would not return to inhumane immigration policies used in the past.
Undocumented workers who are victims of harassment, discrimination, abuse, or other labor violations have the right to file complaints against their employer without risk of deportation.
Anaheim, CA: When it comes to defending Family and Medical Leave Act rights, regardless of whether the employee is in California or Ohio, there are certain rules an employer cannot break. Federal FMLA laws apply across the US, while state laws, such as California FMLA, apply only to the individual states. Despite the existence of state FMLA laws, though, there are regulations that employers in every state must follow. Among them is the rule concerning retaliating against employees.
Washington, DC: A court challenge that pits church-based health networks against ERISA provisions and interpretations is to be heard by the highest court in the land, following notification on December 2 that the US Supreme Court is going to weigh in by agreeing to review recent decisions by the appellate courts. As one of the health networks is based in California, the case is expected to have some influence and impact on California ERISA labor law.
Los Ángeles, CA: Un ex locutor de la emisora de radio K-Love 107.5 Los Ángeles reclama que su antiguo empleador, Univision Communications Inc. (Univision), terminó injustamente su contrato con la estación de radio, a pesar de los altos índices de sintonía, por presunta tardanza para llegar al sitio de trabajo, cuando en realidad la demandante Sofía Soria estaba luchando contra un tumor estomacal y requirió cirugía, o al menos eso alegó ella. Soria lanzó una apelación de Terminación Injustificada de Contrato en California, la cual fue oída a principios de noviembre.
Los Angeles, CA: Getting into and out of work gear is a problematic area of labor law, especially if employees do not have control over how and when they carry out their donning and doffing duties. When putting on and taking off work gear adds 30 to 60 minutes to a shift—and could count as overtime—employees want to be paid for their time. Hence, donning and doffing lawsuits alleging dressing and undressing for work should be counted as compensable time.
Los Angeles, CA: The Hotel Bel-Air, a facility that has risen to iconic status since it first opened its doors in 1922, closed for extensive renovations in 2009. That process took two years to complete. At some point, however, prior to its re-opening in 2011 the hotel is reported to have undertaken a hiring drive. In so doing, the hotel operators are alleged to have snubbed existing employees who were members of a union. Union members alleged California discrimination.
San Francisco, CA: McDonald’s has settled a California compliance lawsuit alleging the company violated state labor laws by failing to properly pay overtime. As part of the settlement, the company will work with the owner of the franchise that faced the lawsuit to ensure it remains compliant with California labor laws.