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March 2014 California Employment Law Notes

Max Taylor worked as a floorhand on an oil rig where he alleged he was harassed by his supervisors who called him “queer,” “fagot [sic],” “homo,” and “gay porn star” and was subjected to other humiliating and harassing conduct,…more

| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Ninth Circuit Clarifies CAFA Removal Requirements

In its recent per curiam opinion in Rea v. Michaels Stores, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarified rules and procedures relevant to defendants seeking to remove cases to federal court. In Rea, the…more

| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Another Fortune 500 Employer is Leaving California…

Charles Schwab announced last week that it is planning to move “a significant number of San Francisco-based jobs” out of state over the next three to five years. According to a recent article in Forbes, “Observers close to the…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Proskauer Wins Summary Judgment On Behalf Of Paramount Pictures

On December 16, we obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client, Paramount Pictures Corporation, in a case brought by a former paralegal in the studio’s Business Affairs Administration department. The plaintiff claimed…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California Appellate Court Affirms Denial Of Class Certification

As we recently reported here, there have been a number of appellate decisions ordering class certification based on the existence of an employer’s companywide policy – all while overlooking numerous individualized questions that…more

| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

California Assembly Committee Rejects Flexible Workweek Bill

A bill that would have allowed California employers to offer employees a flexible workweek schedule has failed to pass the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment in a 5-2 party-line vote. The Committee rejected…more

| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

New California Law Expands Protections for Whistleblowers

On October 12, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 496, which, along with two other new laws (SB 666 and AB 263), expands protections for whistleblowers in California by significantly altering California…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Newly Enacted California Statutes

California has amended Cal. Lab. Code § 218.5 to limit the circumstances under which an employer may recover its attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party in a lawsuit in which an employee has sued for nonpayment of…more

| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Military Law

Court Holds Arbitration Agreement Requiring Employee to Pay Half of...

In Chavarria v. Ralphs Grocery Co., No. 11-56673, 2013 WL 5779332 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2013), the plaintiff, a former deli clerk, brought a class action against Ralphs for various alleged wage and hour violations of the California…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law &...

CA Supreme Court Holds That Employees Are Bound By Arbitration Agreements...

Frank Moreno agreed, as a condition of his employment with Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc., to arbitrate all of this employment disputes with his employer. After terminating his employment with Sonic, Moreno filed an administrative wage…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor...

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