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Keith Griffin Wins $15 Million Verdict for Injured Worker

Our client apparently did not deserve a full paycheck because, according to his supervisor, he was "only half a man" after his work-related injuries.

Employees Face 'Freeze' under Trump Administration

The Trump administration has just instituted a freeze on hiring of federal employees, as the Washington Post reports, with the exception of military service members. This action comes via executive order and is in line with what Trump said he'd do while campaigning, which was "drain the swamp." The Post quotes Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer: "We've got to respect the American taxpayer."

Gov. Brown Just Signed a Law That Makes a Big Difference to California Workers

"Choice of Law"

This may sound like a dry topic; it's anything but, especially when your back is up against the wall in an employment dispute. The issue is venue - as in, where disputes get resolved, and how one decides on that location.

Immigration Status No Longer Affects an Injury Verdict

This month brought a major win for undocumented immigrants and civil rights activists in California. AB 2159 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 17, which effectively blocks a plaintiff's immigration status as admissible in court during personal injury and wrongful death cases. Regardless of a person's immigration status, this law ensures a greater measure of justice for undocumented workers.

If You're Paid by Piece Rate in California, You Must be Paid for Breaks

Under California Assembly Bill 1513, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, any employer paying their workers on a piece-rate scale are required to pay for breaks and other "non-productive" time, at or above the state's minimum wage floor of $10/hour. (The law predominantly affects agribusinesses, salons, spas and other businesses with a tradition of paying employees on a piece-rate basis.)

The Case of the Teen Lifeguards: Is Splash Kingdom Breaking the Law?

Throughout the course of American history, workers have sought fairness - in workplace conditions, in the number of hours on the job, and in their wages. This holds true for workers in all jobs, and for workers of all types, from teens to young adults to mid- and late-career workers.

The Autism Spectrum: Justice Remains Blind

If you work in Human Resources - or you've ever been in a leadership role where part of your job duties include hiring and firing - then you know how tricky navigating the world of employment law can be. Myriad issues go into hiring practices (and employment in general). Do it wrong, handle problems poorly, or simply face a situation that goes south, and you can find yourself facing a lawsuit.

Trouble in Silicon Valley: The Ellen Pao Gender Discrimination Case

One of California's biggest legal cases right now (at least in terms of media coverage) is that of Ellen Pao, former venture capitalist with the well-known Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao, currently interim CEO at Reddit, claims discrimination against KPCB on account of her gender. But as Elizabeth Weise reports for USA Today, Mary Meeker - KPCB partner and "one of the most powerful women in venture capital" - recently testified that she did not see any gender discrimination at KPCB.

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