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California Employment Law Notes - October 2016
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • October 24 2016

As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022


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


Automotive service technicians were entitled to more than $1.5 million in unpaid wages
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

DTLA compensates its 108 automotive service technicians on a piece-rate basis by which they are paid a flat rate ranging from $17 to $32 per hour for


"Crude and offensive remarks" did not create a hostile work environment, but employer may have illegally retaliated
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 15 2013

Jennifer Westendorf, a project manager assistant, claimed sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964


New IRS guidance on tax treatment of attorney’s fees
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 13 2013

The IRS recently released a memorandum advising taxpayers on the proper tax characterization of attorney's fee payments in connection with a


California amends sexual harassment law
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • August 19 2013

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 292 this week, amending the Fair Employment and Housing Act to allow an employee claiming sexual harassment to


Security guards' class action for unpaid meal breaks was properly certified
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 11 2013

Muhammed Abdullah is a former employee of USSA, a private security guard company. Most of USSA's employees work at "single post" locations where no


Trial court should not have dismissed employee's claim for punitive damages
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 11 2013

Lisa Davis sued her employer, Kiewit Pacific Company, for gender discrimination, hostile work environment harassment, failure to prevent harassment


Employer was entitled to "substantial motivating factor" jury instruction
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 11 2013

In one of the first appellate opinions to consider the new jury instructions required for employment discrimination cases as set forth by the