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Jury Awards Walmart Employees $6 Million for Security Check Policy

Posted on: April 22, 2019

The security checks discouraged employees from leaving for meal breaks Imagine going to work, and forgetting to pack a lunch. “No big deal,” you think, “I’ll just run out and grab lunch.” But then picture this: your employer requires you to go through a security check every time you leave the workplace. Would leaving work […] read more →

Are Employers Tracking Employees’ Most Intimate Data?

Posted on: April 18, 2019

Pregnancy-tracking app Ovia sold users’ data to employers In an era where there is an app for almost everything in our lives, it isn’t surprising that an app has been developed to help women track their pregnancies. One in particular, Ovia, recently made the news — for all the wrong reasons. As women faithfully logged […] read more →

New California Bill Would Prohibit Discrimination Based on Natural Hairstyles

Posted on: April 15, 2019

The CROWN Act has already passed the California Senate For many men and women of color, natural hair is both a source of pride — and a potential source of discrimination. Across the United States, including here in California, dress codes instituted at work places and schools required employees and students of color to change […] read more →

Disney Hit With Gender Pay Gap Class Action Suit

Posted on: April 11, 2019

In some positions, men were paid as much as $40,000 more per year. On Tuesday April, 2, two Disney employees filed a lawsuit against Disney, arguing that the company systematically pays women less than men and that it “tends to value male workers more than female workers.” The day that this lawsuit was filed was […] read more →

California Expands Employers’ Obligation to Provide Reporting Time Pay

Posted on: March 27, 2019

The court ruled that a call-in scheduling policy triggered a reporting time obligation In many industries, it isn’t unusual for employees to have to call into their workplace, look at an online schedule, or otherwise check in to determine if they are required to work a shift that day. If an employee does not have […] read more →

The Five Step Sequential Evaluation Process for a Social Security Disability Claim

Posted on: March 25, 2019

An evaluation will be performed to determine if an applicant is disabled. If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, the process may seem confusing and overwhelming. It may be hard to understand what exactly will happen at each stage of the process, particularly if you file an application without the assistance of an […] read more →

Proving Age Discrimination at Work

Posted on: March 23, 2019

Three types of evidence are key to proving your claim Under both federal law and California law, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of age. Specifically, employers cannot refuse to hire older job applicants, or take adverse job actions (such as demoting, terminating, or giving unfavorable shifts) to older […] read more →

Can You Sue the Government for a Personal Injury in California?

Posted on: March 21, 2019

The California Tort Claims Act governs these claims If you are hurt through the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you can generally file a lawsuit against them to recover for your damages. These types of cases are known as personal injury claims. But what if the person or entity that did you wrong was […] read more →

California Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum Powder Case

Posted on: March 19, 2019

The verdict follows other large awards in states across the U.S. Mother of two Teresa Leavitt is dying of mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissue that lines the lungs.  In a lawsuit, she stated that baby powder was used on her as a child, and that she continued to use baby powder as an adult, […] read more →

Trump Administration Wants to Use Social Media to Verify Disability Claims

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A proposal would expand the use of social media in disability determinations. In the era of social media, many of us are used to sharing — or oversharing — online.  But when it comes those who are applying for or who receive Social Security Disability benefits, keeping a tight lid on your social media activities […] read more →

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