While the federal government seems determined to curtail the rights of workers, the State of California has doubled-down on protecting them. In the first two weeks of October, Governor Brown signed into law four bills that will extend worker rights. Those bills are: SB63, written by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, increases workplace protections for new parents […]
Most of us engage in dozens of negotiations each week. We negotiate with friends about where to eat dinner or what movie to see. We negotiate with our partners about social plans or whether to move. And, if we are parents, we negotiate with our children about their bedtime, or the appropriate amount of “screen […]
It is a well-known fact that women are paid less than men for performing the same work. According to a 2015 study from the United States Census Bureau, in the City of San Francisco, on average women are paid 84 cents for every dollar paid to men. For African American women and Latinas the statistics […]
Each week, our office receives dozens of calls from prospective clients. And, virtually every week, at least one of these callers, after explaining that they were terminated without warning, asks: “doesn’t my employer have to pay me some severance?”
California has very stringent laws regarding when and how employees must be paid. To make sure the laws aren’t ignored, employers are required to provide lots of information on paystubs. But do you really understand all the information you are receiving?
The Employee Matters marks the end of 2014 with a“Top Five” list. Interest in “Top Ten” or “Top Five” lists is so immense that psychologists have even coined the term the “Top Ten Effect,” to describe the “bump” that items on such a list receive in terms of sales. A list of the top developments […]
In response to a class action lawsuit (Lacy T. v. Oakland Raiders) filed by Raiderettes alleging wage theft and other violations of California labor law, team owners have filed a motion to force the cheerleaders out of court and into individual and secret arbitration before the NFL Commissioner.
“This is an attempt to avoid public scrutiny of the adjudication of the cheerleaders’ claims that Raiders’ management has engaged in illegal employment practices for years,” said Sharon Vinick of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams, the Bay Area law firm representing the cheerleaders. “The owners want to have this employment issue decided by one man whose pay is dependent on the very teams that engage in the illegal conduct.”
Attorneys for the Raiderettes class action have filed an Amended Complaint, adding a second plaintiff as a class representative. The new plaintiff, Sarah G., has been a Raiderette for four years and last season was co-captain of her line. The Amended Complaint, like the original complaint, alleges that the Oakland Raiders engaged in wage theft and […]