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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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Miami Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2016 – David C. Barnett, Esq., founder and managing partner of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A. and Chairman of the Board for The Victory Center, announced that the City of North Miami recognized The Victory Center during a commission meeting for their educational services for children with Autism and related disorders. Mr. Barnett and The Victory Center will continue to support and develop educational programs to better meet the needs of children with autism in the classroom. These programs are offered to children challenged by autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, including […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2016 – This recent racial discrimination lawsuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 15-cv-0141, alleges Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. is located in Cutler, Saline County. They allegedly encouraged racial discrimination, engaged in retaliation and wilfully promoted a hostile workplace. According to the lawsuit filed by Tyree Neal Sr. in December 2015, the company is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2016 – Southern Illinois University (SIU) faces a discrimination lawsuit by a Palestinian educator. Bilingual educator (English/Arabic) Sandra Tamari, filed a racial origin discrimination lawsuit (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 16-cv-0006) in January 2016, naming Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees as defendants. According to the statement of claim, Tamari, who is allegedly highly qualified, applied for the position of assistant director of graduate and international recruitment in early 2013. It is against the law for an employer to base […]


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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) September 11, 2015 – Sexual harassment on the job does not just happen in larger businesses. It may happen in a small business environment with a limited number of employees. Small business owners need to be as aware of sexual harassment laws as those who run and manage larger corporations. Not knowing about the prevailing legal ramifications of not dealing with sexual harassment on the job can lead to a major legal headache down the road. “Federally speaking, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, usually referred to as Title VII, governs not […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2015 – Workers are entitled to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits. If a manager denies those benefits, a court may hold them personally liable. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and FMLA allow workers to sue individuals for denying them benefits, and that includes HR directors and managers and the company CEO. The second important thing to note is that there are some state laws that also state that supervisors may be held personally liable for discrimination on the job. Personal liability is a frightening term when it comes to being […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – Rules and regulations relating to what constitutes total disability under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) are confusing. What is the clear definition of total disability, or is there one? Total disability is close to being an open-ended definition to some managers who feel that an individual must be completely disabled 100 percent of the time. This is not the case. However, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to become eligible for FERS disability retirement. Those requirements include, but are not necessarily limited to: * The disability […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – Most sexual harassment cases are documented by a victim, reported to someone in authority and possibly taken to an experienced employment attorney. This unusual case lacked a victim. According to a statement of claim filed by LaShonda Peebles, former Chicago State University (CSU) president Wayne Watson pressured her to file false a sexual harassment claim against an opinionated professor he wanted silenced. She also asserts she was a victim of wrongful dismissal as a result of refusing to file a false sexual harassment claim. Peebles was the interim vice president of […]


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