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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2018 – A delivery driver for Amazon and its contractor NEA Delivery Services alleges she was not permitted breaks or overtime pay in a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status. Yolanda Champion worked for Amazon and NEA from March to August 2017 in California. She says that during that time the companies were understaffed which led her and other delivery drivers to commonly work 10-hour days without rest periods. Champion says they were also paid a day rate that did not account for overtime. She is looking for other plaintiffs who worked as […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2018 – The restaurant chain Burgers & Beer illegally denied males the same employment opportunities as females, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges in its federal lawsuit. Since at least 2015, the EEOC claims, the chain routinely rejected male applicants and employees from server positions because of their gender and upheld a pool of servers that was more than 90 percent female. Burgers & Beer has six locations in California’s Imperial Valley, according to the company’s website. The EEOC argues that employment practice violates Title VII of the Civil Rights […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2018 – The outstanding New York City employment law firm of Lipsky Lowe LLP is excited to announce the arrival of its newest associate: Milana Dostanitch. Certain she will be a wonderful addition to the practice, the existing team is impressed by her experience and established skills, as well as her impressive credentials. Like the rest of the Lipsky Lowe team, Milana counsels clients on a broad range of employment issues, including unpaid wages, misappropriation of tips, workplace harassment or retaliation, and discrimination based on age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2018 – San Diego-based company Tarr Inc. and Zenith LLC will pay $50,000 to victims in a pregnancy discrimination suit and provide other relief as part of a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the lawsuit, the company fired a female employee a few days after she informed them of her pregnancy. The company also did not allow another pregnant employee to return to work after she took maternity leave, the EEOC claimed. The alleged actions violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2018 – A man sued his employer for wrongful termination after he was allegedly fired in retaliation for complaining that the company was defrauding Alameda County in California through improper billing practices. Alton Elmore filed a lawsuit against his employer KRA Corporation and Pamela Carnes, KRA’s program manager, in Alameda County Superior Court on March 19. Elmore worked for KRA as a business services consultant for more than two years until he was fired on October 26, 2017. His job duties included assisting Alameda businesses with recruitment services and educating them about […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2018 – On Thursday, June 21, 2018 New York’s Third Judicial Department held that couriers for the web-based delivery service are independent contractors – not employees. In doing so, the court overturned the New York Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board’s (NYUIAB) decision on this issue and handed business a major win. The case is In the Matter of the Claim of Luis A. Vega. Several factors led the court to this decision: that the workers work without much oversight from Postmates; that they do not have to apply for a job; that they […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2018 – A South Jersey worker who suffered from a hand injury on the job has won a ruling in which his employer’s workers’ compensation insurance must pay his medical marijuana bills. Andrew Watson, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey was one of only a few people to get a medical marijuana recommendation in 2014 due to his hand injury incurred on the job with 84 Lumber in Pleasantville. The cannabis allowed him to start weaning off his opiates and to increase functionality in his daily life. Watson thought his employer’s […]


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Davie, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2018 – This award reflects the confidential opinions of professionals of the Florida Bar and members of the Florida judiciary. Mr. Celler is the founder of Celler Legal, P.A., and has previously been recognized as a Super Lawyer and awarded the Avvo Client’s choice award, among other recognitions of excellence. The Martindale-Hubbell honor for legal excellence follows being nominated and reviewed by Florida judges and fellow attorneys. “Any recognition flows downhill from our hard work on behalf of Florida employees who we represent. I’m very proud of the exceptional legal team at Richard […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2018 – SavaSeniorCare, one of the nation’s largest nursing home providers, has been sued in the United States District for the Northern District of California for multiple wage violations. SavaSeniorCare owns and operates seven residential care and rehabilitation facilities in locations throughout California and more than 200 facilities throughout the United States. The proposed national class action lawsuit is seeking compensation for unpaid overtime and minimum wages, as well as missed meal and rest periods. The plaintiffs, current and former employees of SavaSeniorCare, have brought this action on behalf of all current […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2018 – International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th to recognize the many contributions women have made throughout history and to shine a light on women’s rights issues. For Custom Legal Marketing and 13 year old parent company, Adviatech, the value of women in the workplace is no secret nor is it a controversial topic for the San Francisco based company. While many tech companies struggle to answer uncomfortable questions about the gender makeup of their employees, Custom Legal Marketing boasts a 60 percent female workforce. What policies were implemented by […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2017 – Doug Lipsky and Chris Lowe are proud to announce their new law firm specializing in employment law: Lipsky Lowe LLP, representing clients in New York and New Jersey. Doug and Chris were old friends before they co-founded this new firm, having worked together at the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of the nation’s top-rated labor and employment practices. They are excited about working together again and plan to leverage their combined knowledge, experience working at a major law firm, and skills to successfully represent individuals, classes, and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2017 – McCormack & Erlich, LLP obtained a $1.95 million settlement in a worker misclassification lawsuit filed against Moet Hennessey USA, Strategic Experiential Group (SEG) and other related entities. A California judge recently granted preliminary approval to the settlement, with only minor modifications. Plaintiffs Krystle Harrison, Napoleon Aparicio and Shyron McDougall sued their former employers in March 2016, alleging they misclassified workers as independent contractors and failed to pay them their rightful wages. The plaintiffs represented a class of models, logistics personnel and brand ambassadors who worked for the companies. Under the […]


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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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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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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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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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