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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2017 – On December 13, 2016, the California Appeals Court ruled that a producer and writer for CNN who was allegedly fired for a plagiarism incident may pursue racial discrimination and retaliation claims against the media giant. Stanley Wilson, a longtime writer and producer for CNN, was fired after he allegedly failed to attribute credit to parts of a news piece that CNN did not run. Wilson’s lawsuit claims that, as an African-American, Wilson was only promoted once in his 13 years of work. Wilson sued under California law for race, age, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2017 – On November 15, the California Court of Appeals ruled that a former Univision Radio DJ can proceed with filing a disability and leave claim. The ruling calls into question the definition of disability and when an employer must be on notice to offer employees leave. Sofia Soria, a former Univision Radio DJ, filed a discrimination and wrongful termination suit against Univision in 2013 when she was allegedly fired after she notified her employer of needing surgery for a potentially cancerous stomach tumor. According to the suit, Soria allegedly gave notice […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2016 – Strong Advocates is an employment law office based in Los Angeles, California that protects workers’ rights and provides legal assistance to employees who have been terminated unlawfully due to the discriminatory actions of their employers. What makes Strong Advocates different from other employment attorneys in the area is that they are dedicated to fighting for their clients’ employment rights at no cost and getting them the compensation they deserve. “We focus on doing what is right for our clients rather than being driven by our bottom line,” said Strong Advocates […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2016 – A second sexual harassment lawsuit launched against Roger Ailes and the Fox network comes from Andrea Tantaros, a former news host. There have been more women coming forward to allege he sexually harassed them as well. Andrea Tantaros filed her sexual harassment lawsuit alleging the atmosphere at the news network was similar to a, “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult.” According to documents filed in court, Tantaros alleges retaliation for complaining about her former boss, Roger Ailes and his unwanted, blatant sexual advances. The statement of claim further outlined that Ailes’ actions were […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Jeanetta Matichak recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation by former Executive Director Dominic Egizio and the Joliet Park District. It is further alleged that park board members and other supervisors knew of the harassment. Matichak was first hired for her position as a fitness instructor in 2011. It was then that Egizio allegedly started to harass her. She also noted he made it a habit to openly stare at other women’s bodies and make sexual comments, even in the presence of a park board member […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2016 – Former TV news anchor, Gretchen Carlson recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, her former boss and founder of Fox News Channel. He subsequently abruptly resigned. The lawsuit remains active. This lawsuit has all the ingredients to make a very high profile sexual harassment case, with pieces of information being revealed that Mr. Ailes allegedly used highly vulgar and offensive language when dealing with Carlson, relentlessly pressured her for sex and eradicated her job when he was met with resistance. Carlson alleges that for not sleeping with Ailes, he […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2016 – Chipotle has faced a number of lawsuits relating to food born illnesses as a result of exposure to Norovirus. This latest suit is for wrongful termination, discrimination, assault, sexual harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Ariana Castaneda filed her lawsuit seeking medical expenses, lost wages and benefits after she was allegedly sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated from her job as lead kitchen worker. Her suit named four Chipotle managers as the instigators of the harassment. Castaneda worked for Chipotle from December 2013 until February 2016 when she was fired. Castaneda’s first work shirt […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2016 – Phillips 66 is facing an age and gender discrimination lawsuit in relation to the Wood River refinery. The defendant in this lawsuit, Kimberly Helbig, asserts she was terminated from her position as a coker operator and that supervisors would threaten and make intimidating remarks to her because she was the only female in that position. Further allegations in the statement of claim included Helbig’s transfer from her regular supervisor to another supervisor, who allegedly stated she was “making everyone uncomfortable” and was “running out of options.” Helbig’s statement of claim also […]


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