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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2017 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit in California against Chipotle after a female supervisor allegedly sexually harassed her subordinate and retaliated against him after he reported the misconduct. According to the complaint, a female supervisor subjected a 22-year-old shift manager at a Chipotle in San Jose, California, to verbal and physical sexual harassment. In 2016, 16.6 percent of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC were brought by male workers. Betsy Havens, a Los Angeles employment attorney, said the company seems to have handled the situation poorly. […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2017 – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against a Los Angeles restaurant and nightclub. LA Louisanne, Inc., cut a pregnant server’s hours after learning she was pregnant and denied her right to return to her job after giving birth, according to the lawsuit. Betsy Havens, a workplace discrimination attorney in Los Angeles, said she hopes the lawsuit will serve to send the message to small businesses that the law protects pregnant workers regardless of whether the business might be inconvenienced by pregnancies. “Larger businesses […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2017 – A federal agency sued a California senior care provider for ignoring complaints about an elderly client’s sexual harassment and racial discrimination of a black female caregiver and at least four other workers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Home Instead Senior Care franchisee R. MacArthur Corporation. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Rashon Sturdivant was a caregiver for an 80-year-old man in Alameda, California between March and May 2015. The client allegedly sexually harassed Sturdivant and […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2017 – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against AT&T Pacific Bell. The telecommunications company allegedly violated state and federal laws when it failed to provide a hearing-impaired employee with a sign language interpreter. In its complaint, the federal agency accused AT&T Pacific Bell of denying a deaf employee’s request for reasonable accommodation that would allow him the possibility of meaningful interaction during the course of his employment. The employee was working in the company’s Fresno, California office. “Employers are required by law to discuss […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2017 – A former Save Mart Supermarkets employee who was fired just before celebrating her 15-year anniversary at the company was awarded more than $500,000 in a disability discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit. Plaintiff Keri Sullivan was fired for “job abandonment” while she was on medical leave seeking treatment for a disabling health condition caused by a difficult pregnancy and a new lupus diagnosis. The lawsuit was filed in San Mateo Superior Court in California. The jury decided that Save Mart failed to discuss the possibility of providing Sullivan with reasonable accommodation […]


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Bigger Law Firm Magazine guides its readers through adapting to the latest in legal marketing and technology in the newest print issue. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2017 – Dexter Tam takes on link building in the feature article, describing the necessity of link connections through Search Engine Optimization (SEO) that leads to higher rates on Google search engine results pages. SEO includes website content, promotion and links, noting that some links are more valuable than others due to their origin and domain authority. Staying proactive with link building can lead to further success for a firm; […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2017 – Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm, the largest business immigration law firm in Charlotte and one of the largest in the Southeast, marks its 20th anniversary in October. The Firm represents businesses and individuals worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies and other large, mid-sized and small companies in the U.S. and in most countries throughout the world. Managing Partner Steven H. (“Steve”) Garfinkel founded the Firm in 1997. The Firm grew over the years in parallel with Charlotte’s (and the Carolinas’) expansion and development as an international business hub. Garfinkel Immigration provides expert legal […]


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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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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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, […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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