Haeggquist & Eck Files Disability Discrimination Case Against SCHOOLSFIRST CREDIT UNION 

By | 2017-05-24T20:11:04+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Discrimination, Employment Law, Retaliation|

Employee rights firm Haeggquist & Eck has filed suit against SchoolsFirst Credit Union after the Santa Ana-based bank fired a longtime employee for taking protected medical leave for kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Lucy Rosanna worked as an assistant manager in the bank's consumer loans department from October 2012 until late last year.  The complaint [...]

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California District Court Tentatively Approves $5.7 Million Dollar Settlement for Improperly Disclosed Pre-Employment Credit Checks

By | 2016-05-28T11:07:32+00:00 May 28th, 2016|Consumer Class Actions, Employment Law, Fair Credit Reporting Act, FCRA|

Aceves, Jr., et al. v. AutoZone, Inc., Case No. 5:14-cv-02032, alleges violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (“CCRAA”), and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRAA”), all stemming from allegations that AutoZone improperly used credit checks during its hiring process. Specifically, the plaintiffs (a [...]

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New FLSA Rule to Give Over Four Million Workers the Right to Overtime Pay

By | 2016-05-20T14:13:47+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Employment Law, Wage & Hour|

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) sets the minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and other standards for employment across the nation. Though states may expand those rights and provide greater protections for their citizens, the FLSA sets the baseline standard that all employers (both public and private) must adhere to. On May 18, 2016, the [...]

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California Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Force Their Employees to Stand All Day When Their Tasks and Workstations Reasonably Allow Them to Take a Seat

By | 2016-04-11T15:17:07+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Class Actions, Employment Law, Wage & Hour, Working Conditions|

The California Industrial Welfare Commission (“IWC”) regulates working conditions, working hours, and wages for specific industries via its published Wage Orders. One such regulation requires employers to provide employees “with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” See IWC Wage Orders 1-13 and 15, Section 14(A), and IWC [...]

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New York Sets the Bar High, Enacting the Nation’s Most Comprehensive Family Leave Program

By | 2016-04-08T15:58:33+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Employment Law, Maternity/Pregnancy Leave, Paid Family Leave|

As President Obama recently tweeted, “Nobody should have to choose between losing a paycheck & caring for their family.” That was the message New York sent to the nation on April 4, 2016 when it became the first state to provide employees up to 12 weeks of partially-paid family leave. To date, only three other [...]

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California’s Fair Pay Act Addresses Disparity in Earnings Between Women and Men

By | 2017-05-24T19:58:00+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Employment Law|

On January 1, 2016, the new Fair Pay Act (Cal. Labor Code §1197.5) in California was amended to broaden already existing laws against gender pay inequality.  The new law is arguably the nation’s strictest (or really, fairest) fair-pay law. For example, the former Fair Pay Act stated that no employer shall pay any individual in [...]

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Jury Hits Employer with $3.3M For Condoning Racial Jokes and Slurs At Work

By | 2017-05-24T20:00:58+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Discrimination, Employment Law|

On March 17, 2016, two minority employees (a Sudanese Muslim and African-American) of a road marking company were awarded close to $3.4 million in damages against their former employer after finding the company refused to promote nonwhite workers and forced the minority employees to endure racial slurs and jokes.  Of the approximate $3.4 million in damages, [...]

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Legal Woes of Valentine’s Day in the Workplace

By | 2016-02-12T10:10:30+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Discrimination, Employment Law, Sexual Harassment|

On February 14, 2016, the day of romance is bestowed upon us. While the precise origins of Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, remain murky, February 14 has become synonymous with romantic love.  The day is celebrated with the exchange of candy, flowers, gifts and cards between loved ones. While love is in [...]

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors Settle Claims Against Supervisor Dave Roberts

By | 2015-09-16T08:02:18+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Employment Law, Retaliation|

The County of San Diego issued the following statement yesterday afternoon about the resolution of our client's case against County Supervisor Dave Roberts. Our client, Lindsey Masukawa, is pleased to have this matter behind her so she can move forward with her life.  Ms. Masukawa appreciates the County’s recognition that she was forced to resign due to [...]

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Contract Attorneys May Be Entitled to Overtime Pay

By | 2015-07-27T07:44:09+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Employment Law, Wage & Hour|

On July 23, 2015, the Second Circuit found that the trial court erred by concluding that contract attorneys “engaging in document review per se constitutes practicing law,” and remanded the case for further proceedings on the issue.  Whether the attorneys were “practicing law” is important because if they were they would be exempt from certain [...]

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