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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – The California Labor Code mandates businesses pay proper overtime and provide meal and rest breaks. According to a recent class action lawsuit filed against Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of California, Inc., defendants allege they were neither paid overtime as required under the California Labor Code, nor were they accorded meal and rest breaks. If, as alleged, workers’ bonus pay did not get factored into the hourly rate, employees would get paid less for overtime work than entitled to by law. “The main issue in this case is overtime pay and […]


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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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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – According to a statement of complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dr. Jane Doe’s career was promising and there was a lot to look forward to for the future, until Doe ran afoul of Dr. Muhammad Atthar Naeem and Dr. Robert M. Heaney for reporting alleged racism. This case appears to be unique in that it bears witness to alleged racism, discrimination, sexual harassment and administrative actions that prompted Dr. Doe to blow the whistle and reveal the full extent of the story. This story, as told by Doe, […]


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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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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2015 – Lately, the media has been full of news detailing stories of law enforcement using excessive violence with African Americans. Aside from racial profiling, is sexual harassment also a part of some of these confrontations? “The video of the McKinney, Texas, pool party was a particularly disturbing incident,” said respected sexual harassment attorney, Deborah Barron of the Barron Law Corporation in Sacramento, California. “Here is an adult police officer shackling, yelling at and straddling a 15-year-old unarmed, crying teen in a swimsuit who had nothing to do with the initial disturbance that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2015 – Are employees required to keep detailed records of any form of sexual harassment that may transpire at work and file a complaint with Human Resources? This latest court case suggests that this may not be necessary. “EEOC v. New Breed Logistics, No. 13-6250, 6th Cir., 2015, is interesting in that it challenges long held beliefs that if there is a sexual harassment policy in place and a dedicated method of reporting same, a company is on the right side of the law. This may not be the case any longer,” said […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2015 – A San Diego State University (SDSU) professor who has been accused of sexual harassment by two female students continues teaching at the university. According to the latest information coming out of SDSU, a group of upset students held a silent protest calling for the removal of Vincent Martin, the Spanish language professor in question and the subject of an internal investigation by the Office of Employee Relations Compliance at the university. “The most disturbing part of this story is that students only found out about the accusations against a Spanish language […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2015 – Entertainment at a staff function for a limousine service company turned the meeting into an offensive, racially charged event. The incident that launched this racial harassment lawsuit began at a 2009 meeting hosted by CorpCar Houston Services, Limited CEO, Christopher Wolfington, and two managers, Stan Alcott and Andy Vanhaverbeke. When the meeting commenced, a gorilla-suited white woman came into the room after being invited in by Wolfington. She broke into Tarzan-like calls, sang, talked about “big black butts” and “big black lips,” sat in workers’ laps and spoke graphically about bananas […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2015 – Albert Robles, mayor of the Southern California city of Carson, is being sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery, gender violence and sexual harassment. Should the charges be proven, the fall-out could be catastrophic. The plaintiff in this explosive case is Lynn Dymally, the daughter of the late Mervyn Malcolm Dymally, a California Democratic politician who served in the California State Assembly and the California State Senate, as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of California and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dymally, a board director for the Water Replenishment […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – What would a worker do if their possibly questionable actions were captured on video in the workplace? The conflict between privacy and the right to know what workers are doing mirrors the balancing act that the iconic image of blindfolded Justice attempts with her scales. In order to determine if a worker’s right to privacy has been intrusively invaded it must be balanced against the employer’s right to know what is going on with employees in the workplace – a delicate task of drawing the fine line between two diametrically opposed […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2015 – A former director of Research and Development for Quality Systems in Irvine, filed a lawsuit alleging retaliatory firing and sexual harassment. According to the statement of claim filed by the plaintiff, Traci Wolbert, she experienced sexual harassment from Steve Puckett, the Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President to whom she reported to during the course of her employment at Quality Systems (a NEXGEN Heathcare subsidiary). “In response to her repeated refusals to participate in a relationship with the man, she was allegedly fired,” outlined Sacramento, Calif. employment attorney, Deborah Barron, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2015 – It is against the law for a business to discriminate against someone who is pregnant. Further, breastfeeding is an integral part of pregnancy and breastfeeding in public is legal. Yet women who breastfeed in many establishments face discrimination. “Breastfeeding in public is legal. Period. However, the act itself seems to disturb some if the mother chooses not to cover up while in public. This has often resulted in a manager asking the woman to cover up, move into a bathroom, or leave the place of business. This is illegal in every […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2015 – The glass ceiling, a name given to the concept of the invisible barrier to advancement for and equal treatment of women due to discrimination in the workplace, has long been acknowledged in many circles, but is not often talked about. The Ellen Pao case is noteworthy for a number of reasons, but mainly for how it highlights the tricky relationship between definitions and actual identifiable acts. There is no clear definition of what sexual harassment means when it comes to subtle actions, words or jokes that are not blatantly sexual. The […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2015 – A series of six sexual harassment/assault cases that will rock the legal landscape over allegations against yoga guru Bikram Choudhury is set to begin in August. He allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed his young students. The most difficult thing about these cases is that the plaintiffs revered Choudhury for his accomplishments and teachings. According to the statements of claims, he took advantage of multiple female students by sexually harassing or assaulting/raping them. Mr. Choudhury denies all such allegations, contending that he is faithful to his wife of 30 years and does […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2015 – Social media is the main method these days for staying in touch with family and friends. However, others may look for names and profiles online – such as potential employers. “The last thing you want a potential employer or current employer to know about you is that your favorite thing to do is drinking yourself blind at parties and posting online pictures of yourself with a lampshade on your head,” advises Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. “While you may never put a lampshade on your head, the point remains the same. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2015 – Be alert during a job interview for questions that may be discriminatory. While many seeking jobs today are aware of the possibility of discrimination in the workplace, few expect that job interviews may also be fraught with discriminatory questions. “It violates your civil rights to be judged on anything else other than your ability to do the job,” says Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. “Any other questions relating to race, age, gender or other prohibited areas, are not allowed – period.” What if an applicant makes it to an interview after […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2015 – Though the fact that restaurants are vulnerable to lawsuits for fair labor violations has made some owners unhappy, many recognize that it levels the playing field for all workers, ultimately making the industry more ethical and fair. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the go-to legislation applicable to wages and hours paid in all states. It deals with four specific areas: standards for youth employment, overtime pay, record keeping and the Federal minimum wage, currently $7.25/hour. Most of the investigations launched by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDL) in restaurant […]


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