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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2017 – McCormack & Erlich, an employment law firm based in San Francisco, California, is offering a scholarship for students who are interested in employment law or policy, or are passionate about workers’ rights. Students who have worked at a legal aid society, labor organization or other nonprofit organizations or community groups focused on employee rights are also invited to apply. “We have created this scholarship in an effort to help promising students overcome the financial burden of pursuing further education,” commented attorney Bryan McCormack of McCormack & Erlich. “We hope the […]


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May is Sexual Harassment Awareness Month. April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. How are sexual harassment and sexual assault different? Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2017 – Sexual harassment and sexual assault are illegal offenses that are easily confused. They differ, however, in significant ways. In general, sexual harassment refers to harassment in the workplace, or other professional situation, which includes sexual remarks or unwelcome sexual advances. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to non-consensual sexual touching of a person, or a sexual act in which a person is coerced or forced to engage against their […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2017 – According to a class-action lawsuit filed in a California superior court, President Trump’s first pick for secretary of labor Andy Puzder allegedly ran an illegal wage-fixing scheme in his fast-food chain, Carl Karcher Enterprises (CKE). While Puzder, CEO of CKE, has called his Carl’s Jr. restaurants “independent businesses,” one former and one current shift leader allege that they are franchises, and that CKE and its franchises have colluded with one another under “no hire” agreements to suppress wages and prevent managers from moving between restaurants. The lawsuit further aims to […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2017 – When the Trump administration rescinded federal protections for transgender children to use the school bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice, the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus responded by stating that California law continues to protect transgender children’s rights. Under state law, transgender students have the right to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. In 2016, Barack Obama issued a federal law that protected transgender students, whose gender identity does not match the physical sex of their birth, by issuing guidance to schools to ensure they […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm magazine is now available for download on Amazon Kindle as a user-friendly ebook. For just $0.99, readers can download BLF issues directly to their e-reader, iPad, phone or other mobile reading device using the Kindle app, and enjoy reading BLF on the go. The magazine, formatted specifically for Amazon Kindle, offers a user-friendly experience that allows readers to interact with each issue with ease. How Lawyers Can Use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Bigger Law Firm Magazine Volume 44 is the first BLF issue to be published […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2017 – A former information technology employee at the Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD) filed a lawsuit against the district for sexual harassment, wrongful termination and defamation of character. Jeanine Davis alleges she and a paid intern were subjected to sexual harassment by their supervisor, Shane Hull, the director of information technology at OUESD. When Davis learned that another intern had experienced similar behavior from Hull, she filed a complaint with human resources. The suit alleges that Hull made unwelcome sexual remarks such as asking whether her husband satisfied her, and […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2017 – The California Assembly session in August 2016 passed a number of proposed bills that would toughen punishment for sex crimes against women. AB 2888, AB 701 and AB 29 were written in response to a high-profile case in which a Santa Clara County Superior judge sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Turner was convicted of three felony sexual assault charges, and prosecutors asked for a six year prison sentence. However, Turner was released from jail after three months “for good […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm magazine delivers another issue jam-packed with in-depth stories on the intersection of law, technology, and marketing. In this month’s feature story, Roxanne Minott reports that artificial intelligence and machine learning are beginning to take hold in the legal industry. Attorneys are increasingly using advanced AI software to perform repetitive tasks, parse contracts, and review documents with greater accuracy and less labor. Tech startups and researchers are developing more cutting-edge use cases such as recruitment, public legal tools, and even prediction of actual judgments. Minott closes with a […]


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Morristown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – This March is a red-letter month for Lenzo & Reis, a well-known and well-regarded New Jersey plaintiffs’ employment law firm. Both Christopher Lenzo and Claudia Reis have been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the fields of Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation for Plaintiffs. Attorneys are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list through a multi-faceted approach that takes into consideration peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research performed by legal publisher Thomson Reuters. As if Chris Lenzo […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – The magazine that started in 2011 as a legal marketing publication has reached a new milestone. Starting today, Bigger Law Firm Magazine will cover current events from a legal perspective. Over the last six years, Bigger Law Firm (BLF) Magazine has introduced lawyers to online marketing tactics, practice management software, internet security and e-discovery. Starting March 15th, BLF is reaching a wider audience with active reporting on current events. As the new presidency aims to reshape the role of government and an emboldened single party Congress rushes to introduce new […]


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San Mateo, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2017 – San Jose, CA chauffeur services provider Restivo Enterprises, Inc. dba Le Grande Affaire was ordered to pay more than $260,000 to 7 former chauffeurs when they prevailed in their former employer’s unsuccessful appeals to the Santa Clara County Superior Court from California Labor Commissioner awards. Limousine and shuttle van drivers James Parker, Jose Retana, Bruce Doan, Louis Zapata, Arturo Carrillo, Jonathan Covey and Maria Valencia were each awarded the monetary judgments by the California Labor Commissioner at a Berman hearing. Restivo Enterprises, Inc. appealed, but the former employees won on […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2017 – Windsor Capital Group, Inc., the same company that was recently hit with a $55 million jury award over an unauthorized nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, is now being sued by its former employee who alleges he was wrongfully terminated for “stealing ice.” The employee claims the firing took place shortly after he made complaints about unpaid wages. On March 3 Judge Craddick of the Contra Costa County Superior Court denied the defense’s attempt to dismiss the case by finding triable issues surrounding the termination of plaintiff Art Bhavindhu. […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2017 – New guidelines on “national origin” discrimination and harassment by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be helpful for employers to avoid violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) when facing hiring, firing and discipline issues. The EEOC and other federal agency staff use the guidance to investigate claims of discrimination brought under Title VII. The guidelines explain that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s “national origin,” which is defined as countries, former countries and geographic regions closely associated with particular groups, or […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2017 – Beginning on January 1, 2018, paid family leave benefits will increase for workers in California. The increase in paid family leave is aimed at helping low wage workers take a leave from work to care for sick or disabled family members, or to establish a bond with a minor child. “Everyone should be able to take leave from work to care for their newborn child or a sick family member without risking their job or having to worry about not making that month’s rent,” says Strong Advocates Executive Director Betsy […]


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San Jose, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2017 – San Jose, CA dentist Dr. Khai Dong has been ordered to pay approximately $505,000 to his former dental assistant because of his outrageous office behavior. The Court found Dr. Dong’s sexually inappropriate conduct escalated to egregious workplace sexual assault and issued an award of compensatory, punitive, and attorneys’ fees and costs damage to the plaintiff. The San Mateo law firm Kletter + Nguyen Law LLP represented the plaintiff through the four-day trial on liability, as well the subsequent hearing on the bifurcated issues of punitive damages and attorney’s fees. Based […]


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