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January 2014 California employment law notes
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 14 2014

Kyle Hunter sued CBS Broadcasting for age and gender discrimination after it refused to hire him as a weather news anchor. Hunter alleged that CBS


Employer was not required to pay for attorney selected by employee
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 11 2013

As a result of drinking too much water in an ill-conceived radio contest, a woman died. Her family sued the company that owned the radio station


$125,000 verdict and $550,000 fee award affirmed for negligent supervision and violation of Civil Code 51.7 (freedom from violence)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2013

Sylvia Ventura worked as a janitor for ABM. Ventura alleged a history of harassment and an act of violence by her supervisor, Carlos Manzano, and


Raising wages by tightening the white-collar overtime exemptionsthe President’s initiative
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • March 18 2014

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, President Obama gave a short press conference and signed a Presidential Memorandum aimed at "updating and modernizing"


Automotive managers could not proceed with class action for allegedly unpaid overtime and meal breaks
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

William Dailey brought individual and class action claims against Sears for allegedly misclassifying its automotive managers and assistant managers as


Employer's offer of judgment to employee mooted individual and collective actions
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

Laura Symczyk, a registered nurse, brought this collective action on behalf of herself and other similarly situated employees under the Fair Labor


Injuries from suicide attempt may be compensable under workers' compensation statute
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

Two years after William Kealoha was injured when he fell 25 to 50 feet from a barge to a dry dock while working as a ship laborer, he shot himself in


Asian employee's claim of discrimination by supervisor of Arab ancestry was properly rejected
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

Kenneth Hatai sued his employer (CalTrans) and his supervisor (Sameer Haddadeen), alleging discrimination based on his Japanese Ancestry and the fact


Employee could proceed with invasion of privacy claim despite absence of written disclosure
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

Melissa Ignat, who was employed in the Yum Real Estate Title Department, suffered from bipolar disorder. In connection with an absence related to her


Federal securities law preempts enforcement of California's forced-patronage statute
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

In these four related class actions, plaintiffs (all former employees of large financial institutions) alleged that their firms' policies of