Haeggquist & Eck Files Pregnancy Discrimination and Wrongful Termination Case Against Sharp Health Plan

By | 2017-05-24T20:05:41+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Sharp Health Plan wrongfully terminated two employees who were eight months pregnant this fall because the women planned to take legally protected pregnancy leave, a new lawsuit filed by Haeggquist & Eck attorneys Alreen Haeggquist and Aaron Olsen alleges. Plaintiffs Natali Osuna and Veronica Osuna, who had respectively worked for Sharp for 11 years and [...]

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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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Haeggquist & Eck Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Largest U.S. Propane Distributor

By | 2017-05-24T20:12:39+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

AmeriGas Propane, the nation’s largest propane distributor, wrongfully terminated and discriminated against a 67-year-old employee based on his age, a lawsuit recently filed by Haeggquist & Eck alleges. Jay Reeb worked for AmeriGas as a propane delivery driver for more than 26 years without a single negative writeup before he was fired for forgetting to [...]

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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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New California Employment Laws for 2016

By | 2017-05-24T20:18:45+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Wage & Hour, Whistleblower|

Along with New Year resolutions, 2016 brings us a host of new laws affecting the employment arena. Here is a short summary of a few of these new laws: Minimum Wage Increase:  Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California is increasing to $10 per hour. Employment Discrimination: Effective January 1, 2016, AB 987 [...]

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The U.S. Department of Justice Agrees to Help Protect Transgender People

By | 2015-01-05T21:13:36+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA|

In a memo, dated December 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice publicly acknowledged it will now bring claims against public employers on behalf of workers who have been discriminated against because they are transgender. At play is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Previously, the Justice Department interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights [...]

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Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employees

By | 2015-01-05T21:12:46+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FMLA Leave, Maternity/Pregnancy Leave, Religious Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour|

The CalChamber Employment Law Counsel recently published a white paper, titled "An Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employers." The white paper identifies some of the noteworthy new employment laws from the California Legislature.  The range of subject matters the new laws affect include: (1) Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Protections; (2) Leaves of Absence; (3) Wage [...]

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Driver’s License Discrimination Is Unlawful

By | 2015-01-06T13:18:13+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law|

Effective January 1, 2015, AB 1660 will make it an unlawful practice under the Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA") to discriminate against an individual for possessing a certain type of driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") to individuals that cannot establish that their presence in the United States is legal. [...]

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Effective January 1, 2015 “Abusive Conduct” in the Workplace Will Be Defined

By | 2015-01-06T13:21:32+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA, Sexual Harassment|

In California, new legislative standards on “abusive conduct” under AB 2053 will become effective January 1, 2015. The law will require employers having 50 or more employees operating in California to include as part of the anti-harassment training to supervisors every two years (Gov. Code §12950.1) “prevention of abusive conduct” training.  “Abusive conduct” means “conduct of [...]

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President Obama to Sign Executive Order Barring LGBT Discrimination

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:08+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, Uncategorized|

President Barack Obama will issue an executive order barring government contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according news reports issued on Monday, June 16, 2014. The order would build upon existing protections, which generally prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, [...]

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