Leading ride-hailing companies eliminate forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims

Leading ride-hailing companies eliminate forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims

Uber and Lyft ended its arbitration requirement for employees, riders and drivers who accuse the ride-hailing companies of sexual assault or harassment. Previously, employment contracts and riders’ terms-of-service agreements forced sexual misconduct claims against the company to be taken up in an arbitration hearing – not in open court. The old policy is common practice […]

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Security services company settles religious discrimination suit, fired employee receives $90,000

Security services company settles religious discrimination suit

National private security services company Allied Universal agreed in January to pay $90,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleged the security company would not allow a Muslim security guard to alter the company’s […]

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More women allege to be victims of sexual abuse and harassment by USC’s longtime school gynecologist

In May, 21 women filed lawsuits against the University of Southern California alleging egregious sexual abuse and misconduct by USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. And, most likely, more lawsuits are to come. Tragically, at least 410 women have contacted a university hotline regarding Tyndall, established by the school once the news of the lawsuits became […]

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California Supreme Court ruling could have monumental impact on workers in gig economy

California Supreme Court ruling could have monumental impact on workers in gig economy

California’s top court issued a decision on April 30 making it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The unanimous ruling replaced the previous test for setting employment status, which largely considered the control a company had over a worker, like where and when work was done. In recent years, […]

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A look at new California employment laws in 2018

A look at new California employment laws in 2018

2018 brings new laws to California. Here is a look at some new employment laws that might affect you: SALARY INFORMATION (Assembly Bill No. 168): Under new California law, employers are prohibited from asking job applicants for salary information as a factor used to determine whether or not to hire them. Employers are also prohibited […]

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Thousands of San Diego employees are owed wages

Thousands of employees are estimated to be owed wages in San Diego. While minimum wage in California has gone up to $11 an hour for businesses with 25 employees and more this year, the minimum wage in San Diego has remained at $11.50. San Diego workers are also guaranteed a minimum of five paid sick […]

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Legislature, Governor grants new protections to unpaid California construction workers

Legislature, Governor grants new protections to unpaid California construction workers

California construction workers who are owed back wages by subcontractors are being afforded important new legal remedies under a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 1701 makes California builders responsible for wage violations by their subcontractors. The bill will allow workers who are owed payment for work they have performed […]

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How to choose the best Los Angeles employment lawyer

Sexual Harassment at Work

Choosing the right employment lawyer could be one of the most important decisions you make after losing your job. While it may seem like a daunting task, finding the right attorney can become easier when you know what to ask and what to look for during your initial search. When you first call an employment […]

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The 5 Questions to Ask Your Employment Lawyer Before Hiring Them

The 5 Questions to Ask Your Employment Lawyer Before Hiring Them

When seeking to hire an employment lawyer, keep these five important questions in mind. 1. What percentage of your practice is devoted to cases like mine? If your type of case is not a part of the attorney’s core practice, they may not be able to give you the time and attention you need for […]

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Prison psychologist speaks out about retaliation after reporting discrimination of LGBTQ inmates

Prison psychologist speaks out about retaliation after reporting discrimination of LGBTQ inmates

A prison psychologist alleged she experienced various forms of retaliation for reporting the mistreatment of transgender inmates at a California correctional facility. She filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in an effort to compel it to better protect LGBTQ inmates. Lori Jespersen, 41, repeatedly complained to prison officials at the […]

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