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 »
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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.
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 »
An investigation by The Wall Street Journal has determined that global rideshare company, Uber, leased vehicles to its drivers in Singapore knowing that they could catch fire. The vehicles in question are Honda Vezel SUVs. One Uber driver reported that he had just dropped off a residential customer when he smelled smoke and flames burst from the dashboard, melted the interior and left a football-size hole in his windshield. He walked away from the incident uninjured, but the incident, the Journal reports, caused panic at Uber. …Read the rest »
A new law that went into effect last week billed as the “secure scheduling law,” essentially protects workers in Seattle from dealing with erratic schedules. According to a news report in the Seattle Times, the law applies to retail, food services or drinking establishments in the city with 500 or more employees worldwide. Under this new law, employers are required to provide each employee with a written forecast of median hours per workweek. …Read the rest »
The employee of a construction company in Pleasanton has filed an employment lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and harassment. According to a KRON news report, the lawsuit, filed by Tishay Wright, an African-American woman, accuses owners of Southland Construction Management Inc. of dressing like President Donald Trump and displaying Confederate flags around the office. Wright, a former employee, claims in her lawsuit that the business’s owners made “unwanted racial comments” and treated her unfairly because of her race and gender.
Wright alleges that the company’s CEO and his wife impersonated Trump and decorated the office with photos of the Confederate flags stating …Read the rest »
A 37-year-old Uber driver was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female passenger in Orange County. According to a KABC news report, Santa Ana police who arrested Angel Sanchez at his Costa Mesa home, believe there may be more victims who haven’t yet come forward. The woman, whose name was not released, requested the Uber ride to her house and was picked up by Sanchez in a gray 2016 Toyota Sienna. Santa Ana police said the assault took place inside the van near the victim’s destination after the driver pulled over to the side of the road.
The woman had reportedly fallen asleep and woke up being …Read the rest »
Several major advertisers wary of sexual harassment accusations against Bill O’Reilly have continued to pull their ads from his primetime cable news show. According to The New York Times, in the last 24 hours, eight companies including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW, GlaxoSmithKline and Allstate have suspended sponsorship of the widely-watched “O’Reilly Factor.” …Read the rest »
If you are an employer, you’ve probably heard the word “hostile work environment” many times. You probably shake your head and tell yourself: “Not on my watch.”
But, the fact remains that employment lawsuits catch many employers off guard. Many are not aware that their firm or company has an environment that is ripe for abuse, harassment or intimidation.
Some may not be in touch with day-to-day operations in their companies and may be unaware of the existence of such a hostile work environment. …Read the rest »