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March 2016 Archives

New California law could result in wage disputes due to ambiguity

In one of the most populous and expensive states to live, many celebrate the deal struck recently between lawmakers and labor unions to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. However, there remain many questions about how this decision will affect the economy in California, especially with regard to small businesses and the implementation of the new law. The language of the deal leaves much room for interpretation and could result in wage disputes as the law is implemented over the next few years. A recent news article outlines some of the concerns that leading economists have and elucidates the challenges of applying this new law.

Chipotle named in sexual harassment suit

Though illegal, workplace sexual harassment still occurs with alarming frequency in California and other states. Though it may seem insurmountable for one worker to face a giant corporation, many such lawsuits have been successfully litigated.  A recent complaint filed against the Chipotle restaurant chain demonstrates some of the legal options available to individual workers facing sexual harassment and other employment law violations. 

California law school dean sued for sexual harassment

A recent article in a leading newspaper reports that the dean of the number eight law school in the country has taken an indefinite leave of absence following a recent lawsuit. It is always abhorrent when those in power take advantage of their position, but when a situation involves those in charge of training some of the brightest legal minds of the future, it is especially egregious. The sexual harassment lawsuit names both the dean and the University of California Board of Regents as defendants.

Whistleblower therapist awarded $3.6M in wrongful termination suit

A whistleblower lawsuit across the country from California has resulted in what is reportedly the largest verdict of its kind in North Carolina history. Jurors in a therapist’s wrongful termination lawsuit awarded her $3.6 million in damages.

5 more women accuse P.F. Chang's of sexual harassment

According to a 2014 report released from the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, a little less than 70 percent of all female restaurant workers will be subjected to sexual harassment. A current case of sexual harassment against a group of women at P.F. Chang's has been filed in a Superior Court in California. The restaurant chain had similar allegations against it less than two years ago by two other women with similar complaints.

Movie studios sued for overtime pay and harsh working conditions

Being a part of making movies and television shows may be a dream of many California residents, but those who are doing the job feel much differently. A group of parking production assistants filed lawsuits against major studios, including Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Entertainment and others, on the grounds they were not paid overtime and even forced to work in disgusting conditions. They have filed their lawsuits against the companies in a federal court.

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