» Employment Law

New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2017 – In a Southern District of New York courtroom later this month, Zein E. Obagi, Jr. of Obagi Law Group will shine a light on elements of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act largely unknown to the public, elements which allow foreign sovereigns to, without liability, subject American citizens to abuses in the workplace. These abuses would be considered unlawful if executed by a company in the United States. The abuses disclosed in the course of the trial will make it abundantly clear that Congress and the Trump Administration should — and […]


Continue reading full article »

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2017 – Massachusetts’ highest court recently decided that a woman could sue her former employer for disability discrimination after she was fired for using medical marijuana. The landmark decision could set a precedent for other states where medical marijuana is authorized under state law, like California. Plaintiff Christina Barbuto was fired after one day of working at Advantage Sales and Marketing in 2014 because she tested positive for marijuana. Barbuto’s doctor had certified her for medical marijuana to treat the loss of appetite resulting from her irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. […]


Continue reading full article »

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2017 – A Texas jury awarded almost $14 million to a distributor in a breach of contract claim, but also charged the distributor about $3.4 million for unjust enrichment. Distributor Bunnett & Co. accused Natural Soda LLC, a manufacturer of baking soda, and Enirgi Group Corp., its parent company, of breaching a regional distribution contract. Bunnett claimed that Natural Soda violated the agreement, under which Bunnett sold the product to supplement the diet of dairy cows and Natural Soda agreed not to make direct sales to customers in a 15-state territory. Bunnett claimed […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2017 – San Diego became the largest city in the country to implement a law requiring city consultants and contractors to pay all employees equally, regardless of gender or ethnicity. The City Council passed the ordinance on July 31 that aims to address the persistent wage disparity that disfavors women and people of color. While federal and state laws require all employees to be paid equally, wage disparity persists, and equal pay laws are often difficult to enforce. The new law will help enforce equal wage and opportunity laws, including a living […]


Continue reading full article »

Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2017 – In the District of New Jersey, two employees filed a complaint against their employer, alleging that they were paid below minimum wage, which is $8.38 per hour in New Jersey. Furthermore, the employees allege that they were required to pay their employer to work at the company as well as for the use of uniforms, lockers and tips for all employees. Moreover, employees were not allowed to arrive late to work or leave early — even for emergencies — to use their cellphones, carry food or drinks to work, and take […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2017 – Ann Lai, a former employee at a Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm, filed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against Binary Capital and its co-founder Justin Caldbeck, alleging that she and five other women have faced repeated unwanted sexual advances while working for the Venture Capital firm. According to the complaint, Lai immediately began experiencing various incidents of discriminatory behavior toward women in the workplace when she joined the firm in 2014. Lai alleges that she and other women faced repeated unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances while working at Binary. […]


Continue reading full article »

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2017 – Law firms want to know how and why a client makes first contact, and Bigger Law Firm magazine has the answers. In the feature article, Brendan Conley explains the science behind how people, including clients, make decisions. He draws a series of distinctions between the perfectly rational, but fictional, beings that economists and others imagine people to be, and reactive, often illogical, real-world human beings. Understanding how decisions are made can help a firm make sound marketing decisions. As Dipal Parmar explains in the Virtual Impression update, a good website […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2017 – According to a year-long investigation by the USA TODAY Network, southern California port trucking companies force their truck drivers to finance their own trucks, and use the workers’ debt as leverage to force them to work illegal and abusive hours, leaving them with paychecks that amount to much less than minimum wage. The investigation found that truckers in the Los Angeles port, many of whom are poor immigrants, are forced to finance their trucks, which can cost upwards of $100,000. Employers deduct the lease payments and expenses of the truck, […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2017 – Travis Kalanick resigned from his position as CEO of Uber, a ride-hailing company that he helped build and found in 2009, after a shareholder revolt made it impossible for him to stay on as CEO. In recent months, the company faced negative attention regarding its work culture, which has been linked to Kalanick’s leadership. Spurred by these recent controversies, investors and shareholders demanded that Kalanick step down from his position as CEO of the transportation giant. The outrage surrounding Kalanick’s leadership began earlier this year when Kalanick joined President Trump’s […]


Continue reading full article »

Garden City, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2017 – On August 21, 2017, the Law Office of Jonathan Tand, a Garden City attorney, filed a lawsuit on behalf of long time town employee Stanley Lombardo, citing certain violations of the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights including freedom of speech and association secured by the U.S. Constitution. Stanley Lombardo, a longtime resident of East Rockaway and distinguished public servant worked for the Town of Hempstead for over twenty-seven years. While employed, he received positive performance reviews and was ultimately promoted to a supervisory position. Lombardo was also an upstanding member of the […]


Continue reading full article »

San Jose, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2017 – Amy Carlson, Employment Rights Attorneys, LLP, acting as lead litigation and trial counsel, and Sanjiv N. Singh, APLC, as co-counsel, secured a zero dollar settlement for claims filed against a local rehabilitation center. The matter arose from an alleged discrimination claim by a former employee. The rehabilitation center denied any discrimination had occurred and cross-complained against the former employee for improperly receiving health insurance benefits for the employee’s dependents. ERA’s defense strategy included aggressive factual investigation—including requests for admissions in which the employee admitted most of her claims were without […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2017 – Zecole Thomas is suing Uber for $720,000 in worker’s compensation after her husband, an engineer at Uber, committed suicide due to work-related stress that “broke” him. Joseph Thomas, who died at 33, moved with his wife and two sons to California after landing a dream job at the ride-hailing company’s San Francisco headquarters as a software engineer in 2016. Five months into the job, Thomas shot and killed himself. His widow blames his sudden decline in mental health and subsequent suicide on the intense and degrading work environment at Uber […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2017 – Uber, a ride hailing company based in San Francisco, California, has fired 20 employees after an investigation into over 200 sexual harassment cases. While the identities of those terminated have not been released, reports indicate that some of those fired included senior executives. The investigation was spurred after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler alleged she was sexually harassed, and human resources failed to respond to her complaints. International law firm Perkins Coie LLP investigated the company in the wake of Fowler’s allegations, which led to the discovery of more than […]


Continue reading full article »

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2017 – Austin employment attorney, Gregory Jordan says that both workers and employers need to understand the consequences of signing non-compete agreements, as they are being used more frequently in Texas. “Non-compete agreements were originally used to keep high-level employees from taking a company’s trade secrets to the competition, but they are now being used to try to keep an increasingly broad spectrum of employees from entering into competition with their employer,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan in Austin, Texas who has handled […]


Continue reading full article »

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm Magazine provides a map of marketing and technology strategies in the latest issue, available today. In the feature story, Brendan Conley dives into “client journey mapping,” a big-picture approach to marketing that will help firms develop a cohesive, end-to-end strategy. The client journey technique puts the client’s evolving relationship with the firm at the forefront. The firm’s marketing needs change at each successive stage of this relationship, from discovery and consideration to decision and engagement, and finally to lasting loyalty. BLF shines its Product Spotlight on Lawcus, […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2017 – Responding to a California Public Records Act request from the media, the University of California (UC) released documents detailing over 100 reports of sexual harassment and assault that occurred at the 10 UC campuses. Between January 2013 and April 2016, 113 faculty and staff members were accused of sexual harassment and assault, according to the University documents. During that three-year period, UC was found to have violated the system’s sexual violence and sexual harassment policies. The UC was also in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2017 – A former human resources employee at Cal Poly is suing the university for wrongful termination and discrimination based on sex, pregnancy and medical condition. On September 30, 2016, Sarah Lalou Lessing was terminated five days after going on disability leave for her pregnancy. The university alleges she was terminated for documented performance issues. In the suit, Lessing states that she discovered she was pregnant in September 2016, five months after starting her job as administrative support coordinator for Cal Poly’s human resources department. The suit, filed in San Luis Obispo […]


Continue reading full article »

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2017 – A former Amazon employee suffering from a heart condition claimed the online retail giant failed to accommodate his need to take a daily lifesaving medication. Instead, he was fired from his job. On April 25, plaintiff Francisco Socarras filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against the company, alleging wrongful termination, retaliation and failure to grant family medical leave. Socarras worked at Amazon’s warehouse in Tracy, California from August 2014 until he was fired in April 2016. After a heart valve replacement surgery in 2015, Socarras was required to take daily blood […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2017 – Strong Advocates, a renowned Los Angeles-based Employment Law firm with extensive litigation experience in sexual harassment cases, is offering a free ebook, “How to Deal With Sexual Harassment at Work.” This guide is rich with information, including advice ranging from how to recognize sexual harassment to the steps to take when your employer retaliates against you for filing a complaint. The free ebook can be downloaded directly from Strong Advocates’ website. Sexual harassment often goes unreported because employees fear retaliation or do not know that the behavior they are enduring […]


Continue reading full article »

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2017 – Following a New York Times investigation revealing that five women had filed claims against Bill O’Reilly in the last 14 years, over 50 advertisers left Fox News, finally forcing 21st Century Fox to terminate the top-rated cable news host. According to the New York Times, Fox and O’Reilly settled 5 claims of sexual harassment that occurred between 2002 and 20016 for over $13 million dollars. Despite his being a massive liability for Fox, O’Reilly was also a cash cow for the network, bringing in over $446 million dollars between 2014 […]


Continue reading full article »