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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2016 – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit (Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-01347) in which it alleged that Hillshire Brands Company/Sara Lee of Chicago violated federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by deliberately overlooking racial slurs and thus subjecting African-American workers to a racially hostile environment. The statement of claim included reference to racially offensive comments and repugnant graffiti decorating the workplace, as well as allegations that some workers were stricken with cancer due to working in more hazardous environments than their white co-workers […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2016 – A number of new labor laws went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, that aim to make life easier for California workers. The one change hotly debated over the years is the increase in the minimum wage to $10/hour, a move that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is likely to affect over 9 million employees at or below the federal minimum wage. The existing minimum federal wage is currently $7.25. “New Year’s Day also rang in another much anticipated law, SB 579, which offers job-protected leave to deal with […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – A former employee of Sansum Clinic filed a lawsuit alleging the company faked payroll records to circumvent paying overtime and did not allow workers legally mandated meal breaks. A former employee of Sansum Clinic, who was paid by the hour, filed the lawsuit. Managers allegedly manually changed worker’s timecards to show they had taken a meal break within the first five hours of shifts starting and also altered the cards so that they did not show overtime. “The lawsuit may ultimately involve up to 500 former and current workers,” said Sacramento, […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – Sexual harassment is much more of an epidemic than most realize. Yet another professor has been found to have sexually harassed two students. An associate professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, Peter Ludlow, resigned recently amidst another scandal involving sexual harassment of students. Ludlow was in the middle of a termination hearing when he tendered his resignation. Interestingly, he had sued Northwestern and the student that complained about him for defamation, civil conspiracy and invasion of privacy. “This fiasco brings to mind the resignation of Geoff Marcy, the former University of […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2016 – A former employee of Ferguson Enterprises sued the plumbing distribution company for disability discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation among seven causes of action. Eric Padayhag was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, commonly known as a pinched nerve, after a car accident in 2005. The disability prevented him from straining his neck during his employment. He began working in Ferguson’s distribution warehouse in Stockton, California, in early 2012. Padayhag’s primary job duty was driving the order picker, a type of forklift, to pick up products off shelves. Due to his neck injury, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2016 – Offensive racial comments and conduct directed at an African-American worker at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center resulted in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit was filed after attempts to reach a settlement first. Before the EEOC moves to file a discrimination lawsuit, they first conduct an investigation. In this case, the initial investigation found that an African-American worker bore the brunt of continuous offensive behavior, repeated remarks making reference to slavery and unceasing racial slurs. One particularly disturbing remark made reference to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2016 – While reverse discrimination claims sometimes work, it is rare. Nonetheless, they may still be used as a defense in court. This unusual case involves a husband and wife professorial team in a touchy hiring situation with the Northern Illinois University (NIU). Common sense may dictate that it is not good form to have a spouse sit on a hiring committee while considering a pool of job candidates that includes her husband. Generally speaking, in an instance such as that, it would be considered to be a conflict of interest. In fact, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2015 – What started as a class-action lawsuit against one Ford manufacturing facility has now burgeoned to include both Chicago manufacturing facilities, the Ford Chicago Heights stamping facility and the Torrence Avenue assembly plant. The focus of this class-action lawsuit is the allegation that the company failed to take action against rampant sexual harassment in its Chicago-area facilities. The suit was first launched by four women working at the Torrence Avenue assembly plant and was recently amended to include the Chicago Heights stamping plant. The initial lawsuit included four women. The amended suit […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – The California Labor Code mandates businesses pay proper overtime and provide meal and rest breaks. According to a recent class action lawsuit filed against Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of California, Inc., defendants allege they were neither paid overtime as required under the California Labor Code, nor were they accorded meal and rest breaks. If, as alleged, workers’ bonus pay did not get factored into the hourly rate, employees would get paid less for overtime work than entitled to by law. “The main issue in this case is overtime pay and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – A former auditor at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) filed a wrongful termination lawsuit for allegedly being fired for reporting serious safety problems at the company. Thomas Jones, 66, was hired as an inspector by Canus Corp. to audit the work of PG&E employees and construction workers in the San Jose, California, area in April 2014. The lawsuit claimed he discovered shocking regulatory infractions and faulty work being signed off by PG&E inspectors. He was also concerned about the safety hazards he found on many jobs. “PG&E have shown […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – The fact that harassment training is not mandated under federal law does not serve as grounds for workplaces to ignore their duty to implement a harassment policy. Doing so may result in potentially severe liabilities. Sexual harassment is illegal, and any workplace that does not have a sexual harassment/harassment policy in place is asking for trouble if an employee does lodge a complaint. Even though it only makes good sense for a company to have a harassment policy that is clearly stated to their existing workers and new hires, not every […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – According to a statement of complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dr. Jane Doe’s career was promising and there was a lot to look forward to for the future, until Doe ran afoul of Dr. Muhammad Atthar Naeem and Dr. Robert M. Heaney for reporting alleged racism. This case appears to be unique in that it bears witness to alleged racism, discrimination, sexual harassment and administrative actions that prompted Dr. Doe to blow the whistle and reveal the full extent of the story. This story, as told by Doe, […]


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Irvington, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2015 – In its continued goal to serve as a resource to families, law firm Barger & Gaines is announcing the addition of Attorney, Consultant, & Motivational Speaker, Robert M. Tudisco to its Irvington office. Mr. Tudisco will focus his practice on special education, education and criminal matters, and will join a firm focused on special education law and advocacy, special needs planning, estate planning, guardianship, and general education matters. Robert M. Tudisco is a nationally recognized author, motivational speaker, and non-profit management consultant in addition to being an attorney diagnosed with ADHD. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2015 – This case involved a mixture of allegations, from sexual harassment to work without pay. Being in a position of authority over another is not implied permission to abuse or harass them. This case saw the California Assembly agree to pay $110,000 to a former legislative employee who filed a lawsuit against Assemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale), alleging unpaid wages and sexual harassment. The terms of the settlement include a clause that the Assembly does not admit to any of the worker’s allegations. “According to the statement of claim, Kristina Zahn was virtually […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2015 – After 17 years of enduring sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace, a female firefighter has spoken out publicly after filing suit against her battalion. Dena Lewis-Bystrzycki, a firefighter in Country Club Hills, Illinois, continues to be embroiled in a lawsuit she launched against her battalion in 2012. The suit alleged sexual harassment and gender discrimination, as well as other unwelcome behavior that was rampant in the workplace. Lewis-Bystrzycki was also recently suspended from duty, a move her legal counsel considers to be retaliation for filing the lawsuit and telling […]


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Carlsbad, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2015 – Christopher Heim has opened a law firm in Carlsbad, California, The Heim Law Firm. Mr. Heim primarily practices in the areas of Workers Compensation, Employment Law, and Business Law. Prior to founding The Heim Law Firm, Mr. Heim worked at a premier civil litigation firm in San Diego and a workers compensation firm in Orange County, California. Mr. Heim represented companies and individuals in a number of matters, including workers compensation, contract disputes, personal injury, business transactions, and employment law matters. Mr. Heim’s knowledge and experience in many areas of law […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2015 – Sometimes, even if there is a favorable judgment in a lawsuit, the chances of collecting can be slim. In a recent case against Toy Quest and other named defendants from California and Iowa-based toy corporations, a former employee of a call center for Manley Toy Direct, LLC prevailed in a lawsuit that alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. However, this case serves as an example of how corporate mazes can make it difficult for successful plaintiffs to be able to receive their due damages agreed upon in the court judgement. “According […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2015 – In some instances it may be assumed that once sued for discrimination, a business may implement changes that would bring any questionable practices into compliance with federal law. That was not the case with Rosebud Restaurants, which was recently sued for systemic sexual harassment and gender discrimination in their chain of restaurants. In the latest lawsuit filed against Rosebud Restaurants, two female workers allege in their statement of claim that they were continually subjected to being called obscene and sexist names, unwanted groping, humiliation and lack of promotion into leadership roles. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2015 – An investigation conducted by NBC 7 Investigates revealed several instances of wage theft whereby hundreds of companies in San Diego, California, neglected to pay wages to their employees. In addition, state records disclosed that even when those companies were directed to issue payments to their workers, they did not comply with the order. According to state records, since 2010, over 280 companies in San Diego neglected to compensate their workers a minimum of $800,000 in wages, overtime pay and meal breaks. Two victims of wage theft are David Sanchez and his […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2015 – A California state law called Assembly Bill 1825, which was enacted in 2004, mandates that employers in California with over 50 employees provide training on sexual harassment prevention to all supervisors every two years. The law was passed in response to accusations of groping that were alleged against former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the time of the 2003 recall campaign. It was Schwarzenegger who signed the bill into law. Although lawmakers in Sacramento are required to take such training every two years, it is unclear whether local elected officials are receiving […]


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