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Latest Increase in Minimum Wage Accompanied by an Increase in Overtime Pay and Wages for Certain Salaried Employees

Posted on August 4, 2015

The latest minimum wage increase for hourly employees in California occurred in July 2014, raising the minimum wage from $8 to $9 per hour. Along with the increase in the minimum hourly wage for hourly employees in California came an increase in minimum overtime pay and the minimum salary requirement for certain exempt (salaried) employees in California. Minimum Overtime Pay is now $13.50 Before the July 1 increase in minimum wage, employees … Read More

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Autozone to Pay $185 Million in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Posted on August 4, 2015

In what is one of the largest awards awarded to a plaintiff in a pregnancy discrimination case, a jury has awarded one California woman $185 million in punitive damages after she was fired and demoted for complaining about gender and pregnancy discrimination. In 2005, Rosario Juarez, a manager at an Autozone in National City, California, announced to her supervisor that she was pregnant. She says her announcement was met with disapproval, her … Read More

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“Patent Troll” Bill Fails to Pass in Congress

Posted on November 24, 2014

On Wednesday, May 21, Congress rejected a bill that would have served to curb so called, “patent troll” lawsuits. “Patent troll” suits are usually brought by a company that patents a product with no intention of putting the product on the market. Rather, the company makes its money on the patent by enforcing its patent rights against infringers. The bill was meant to limit those companies, widely known as “patent trolls,” whose main … Read More

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Group of Male LAPD Officers Accused of Sexual Harassment in Lawsuit against LAPD

Posted on November 12, 2014

In March 2014, Guadalupe Lopez, a female police officer and deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, filed a lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles, alleging that she and other female members of the Sheriff’s Department suffered sexual harassment at the hands of a group of male officers who call themselves the “Banditos.” Lopez is suing the department and 100 unnamed deputies for alleged sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, and … Read More

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I Believe that I was Discriminated Against at Work. Can I Sue My Employer?

Posted on October 26, 2014

If you believe that you were discriminated against at work, been treated unfairly, or fired, you must first determine whether the discrimination was related to a legally protected trait.  Often, employees who are considering a lawsuit against an employer assume that, because they were treated unfairly or rudely by their employers, they will automatically have a case for discrimination.  While it is frustrating and sometimes outright unfair to work in an environment … Read More

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