Christopher Griffin, 49, a stagehand who has worked with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for 20 years, since the start of the event, was killed the morning of April 6 when he fell at least 60 feet from scaffolding connected to a stage near Monroe Street and Avenue 50. According to news reports, Goldenvoice, the production company that puts up the festival, said Griffin fell while working on a festival state. …Read the rest »
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Employment Law - Bisnar Chase Blog
Employers in California have a responsibility to follow laws that apply to their employees regarding how long they can work and the breaks that they are allowed to have. For example, Wage and Hour laws in California state that employees must be given 10 minute breaks every 4 hours, a 30-minute meal break every 5 hours, and 2 meal breaks every 12 hours. Employees must also be paid overtime for every fraction of the hour worked over 8 hours a day or over 40 hours a week.
Bisnar Chase provides updates on wage and hour situations on our blog so that our visitors will remain knowledgeable about companies that try to bend the rules and to not give their employees their rightful breaks and compensation. Find out more about employment and wage and hour law here.
Riot Games, Company Behind Popular League of Legends Video Game, Faces Employment Lawsuit in Los Angeles
Riot Games, the Los Angeles-based company behind the wildly popular “League of Legends” video game, is facing an employment lawsuit after female employees are alleging sexual harassment, unequal pay and retaliation. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks class action status and alleges the company has a “men-first bro culture” in which harassment and inappropriate behavior toward women go unchecked. …Read the rest »
Cal/OSHA has issued two citations against a Rancho Santa Margarita contractor for failing to ensure that employees were safely handling nail guns or were properly trained to use them. According to a report in the Orange County Register, the company was fined $225,000 for these safety violations. …Read the rest »
California Grocer Hit with EEOC Lawsuit for Firing Employee After She Sought Accommodation for a Disability
California grocery outlet, PAQ Inc., violated federal labor laws when it fired a deli clerk after she requested an accommodation for a disability, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said after filing a lawsuit against the company. According to a news report in the Insurance Journal, in October 2016, the deli clerk reportedly provided Rancho San Miguel Market with a doctor’s note requesting six weeks of medical leave for corrective surgery and time for recovery, based on a disability. Not only was her request denied, but she was also fired. …Read the rest »
Jeanette Ortiz, a longtime Chipotle manager who was fired in 2015 after being accused of stealing $636, was awarded nearly $8 million by a Fresno County Superior Court jury in a wrongful termination lawsuit. According to a news report in The Washington Post, this week, Ortiz and her attorneys settled with Chipotle for a separate confidential amount in lieu of punitive damages, which could have run as high as nine times the nearly $8 million award. …Read the rest »
Amazon and Tesla, two of the largest corporations in the United States, are also two of the deadliest places to work in the nation, Investopedia reports. This is according to the National Council for Occupation Safety and Health’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, which evaluates safety and danger in factories and warehouses around the country. In order to make it to this dubious list, the company’s workers must have been exposed to “unnecessary and preventable risk,” have a repeated history of risky practices and have received several citations from state and federal workplace safety officials. …Read the rest »
California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA), has launched a probe into whether Tesla violated workplace safety rules in its Northern California factory, leading to workplace injuries. According to USA Today news report, the agency is particularly looking into Tesla’s injuries log at the Fremont plant to make sure that serious injuries are directly reported to Cal/OSHA, as required under the law. The agency’s regulations define a serious injury as someone who requires hospitalization for more than 24 hours for something other than medical observation or an incident where permanent injuries or disfigurement have occurred. …Read the rest »
More than 60 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against managers, co-workers and franchise owners of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants. According to a Vox news report, the complaints range from groping and inappropriate comments to outright threats of violence when one manager’s requests for sex were denied. Vox found that both restaurants, which are owned by California-based DineEquity, have been involved in eight federal sexual harassment lawsuits since 2010. The site also noted that this was the most of any individual restaurant chain during that time. …Read the rest »
Three plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox and several other large U.S. employers for allegedly excluding older workers from seeing job ads on Facebook’s paid advertising platforms. According to a report on RT.com, Linda Bradley, Maurice Anscombe, and Laura Callahan, say hundreds of major U.S. employers and employment agencies routinely exclude older workers from seeing their recruiting ads on Facebook thereby targeting younger workers and denying older workers those job and career opportunities. …Read the rest »
A former female employee at NBCUniversal has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company alleging that she was fired in retaliation for complaining about a supervisor’s inappropriate behavior and sexual comments to her, which created a hostile work environment. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gina De Marco’s wrongful termination lawsuit claims NBCUniversal failed to properly respond to the sexual harassment she faced and that she was subjected to retaliation because she complained about the unlawful harassment. …Read the rest »