California bill would blacklist contractors who help build Trump’s Border Wall

Border Wall

The committee passed a new bill that would block any company that participates in the building of President Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall from receiving a new or extended contract with the state. If the bill becomes law, contractors would have to choose between building the border wall and doing business in California. Senate Bill […]


Barclays CEO under investigation for attempting to uncover identity of internal whistleblower

Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

After Barclays CEO Jes Staley was caught in his attempt to uncover the identity of an anonymous internal whistleblower, the bank has formally reprimanded Staley and cut his yearly bonus. The case is being investigated by Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority, who are also looking into Barclays’ systems and culture relating to whistleblowing. […]


California Senate bill mandating 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave for small companies passes committee

Paid Parental Leave

A California Senate committee passed a new bill that would require smaller businesses to offer three months of job-protected maternity/paternity leave for child-parent bonding. While the state already mandates companies with at least 50 workers to provide 12 weeks of parental leave, Senate Bill 63, the New Parent Leave Act, would apply to companies with […]


Google accused of underpaying female employees

Employee Wage Abuse

Following a government investigation into how Google pays its employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) alleges that Google systemically pays women less than men. The DOL is suing Google, a government contractor, to release compensation data to ensure that the company is adhering to equal opportunity laws. Google announced in April that they have […]


San Francisco loses wrongful termination case

Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

A former San Francisco Chief Trial Deputy, Joanne Hoeper, received a $2 million award in a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Hoeper filed a lawsuit against Herrera when she was terminated in 2014, claiming Herrera retaliated against her for having led a possible fraud investigation in 2012. […]


Records show high rate of sexual misconduct by faculty at UC campuses

University of California Campus Sexual Misconduct

A release of public records revealed that over 113 cases of alleged sexual misconduct by employees occurred within the University of California (UC) system within the last three years. The San Jose Mercury News requested the records after several incidents of sexual misconduct by UC Berkeley professors and administration who avoided serious punishment came to […]


Unwanted hugging may be sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment at Work

According to the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals, excessive hugging may be determined to be sexual harassment. In February 2017, a three-judge panel overturned a 2014 case against Yolo County Sheriff Edward G. Prieto, who allegedly hugged a female officer over 100 times between 1998 and 2012. The lawsuit was filed by Victoria Zetwick, […]


Proposed class-action lawsuit dismissed when judge rules restaurant chain layoffs not in violation of WARN Act

Sexual Harassment at Work

A California judged dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit against a restaurant chain filed by former workers who claimed that 3,000 employees were laid off without due warning. The proposed suit alleges that, during Catalina Restaurant Group’s restructuring in April 2015, the restaurant chain failed to provide proper notice of the mass layoff. Those affected were […]


Can your boss fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

Workers' Compensation Claim

When an employee gets injured on the job, they may have to rely on workers’ compensation benefits to receive the medical attention, wages and time off work needed to heal. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for reporting a job injury or filing a workers’ compensation claim by terminating their […]

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