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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) October 24, 2018 – Cyberbullying victim files NY legal proceeding against Yahoo!/Oath, Inc., CommTouch Software, Ltd., and Cyren, Ltd., seeking preservation of evidence and court-ordered disclosure of identity of anonymous cyberbully-user. A special proceeding was filed and an Order to Show Cause signed by Justice Paul A. Goetz, on Monday, October 22, 2018, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in Manhattan, in a cyberbullying and Internet harassment matter targeting the petitioner, Ms. Lindsey Shamblen, an authorized user of the Twitter and PeriscopeTV social media platforms, seeking pre-action discovery, disclosure and […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2018 – To settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area and its affiliate Calidad Industries Inc. will pay $850,000 to eight former and current employees. The suit, which was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleged that six female janitors working the night shift at the Oakland Federal Building were continuously sexually harassed by their direct supervisor. Some of the janitors were young, new to the workforce and had developmental disabilities. The suit also claims two managers suffered retaliation for supporting the […]


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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 22, 2018 – This past Saturday, AMC suspended TV host Chris Hardwick over allegations he sexually and emotionally abused his ex-girlfriend and co-worker Chloe Dykstra. In addition to being morally the right thing to do, it is legally wise. Federal, New York State, and New York City all have laws that prohibit sexual harassment: Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. The burden of establishing a claim under each differs. Under New York City law, someone must show only that they were treated […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2018 – From Harvey Weinstein to Fox News, a new strategy is emerging on how companies attempt to address sexual harassment claims in the #metoo era. Faced with sexual harassment complaints, companies are retaining outside sexual harassment attorneys for the sole purpose of investigating the claims and then drafting a report. These are, importantly, NOT the same attorneys who are defending the companies against the claims. Companies are following this strategy for a few reasons. Under federal and many states’ laws, a company has an affirmative obligation to investigate these claims. If […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2018 – The #MeToo movement kicked off when dozens of Hollywood women came forward with sexual assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein in the fall of last year. The movement has led to many women publicly sharing their experiences of being sexually harassed in the workplace by their coworkers or superiors. It has also had other tangible impacts since then. In California, a bill was passed to grant whistleblower protections to legislative staff members who report sexual harassment. In January 2018, a bill was introduced in the California legislature to extend […]


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Manhattan, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2018 – While the Me Too movement forces institutions throughout America, from Hollywood to Congress, to confront the issues of workplace harassment and the abuse of women, one group of Americans continue to suffer in relative anonymity. In a Southern District of New York courtroom, Zein E. Obagi, Jr. of Obagi Law Group is fighting to give that group a voice. While the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) grants immunities to foreign sovereignties with respect to some aspects of United States law, it does not grant complete immunity. And one area where some […]


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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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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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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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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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