No Love From SCOTUS: Bingham McCutchen's Appeal Rejected

No Love From SCOTUS: Bingham McCutchen’s Appeal Rejected

Orange County Employment Attorney: Following its January 10th conference, the U.S. Supreme Court released its list of cases it will take and it appears that Bingham McCutchen has been left standing without a rose. This rejection dashes Bingham’s final hope to overturn a December 2012 trial court ruling that denied Bingham’s attempt to force a disability…

FBI Discriminated Against Disabled Army Veteran

FBI Found Liable for Employment Discrimination Against Disabled Veteran

Orange County Employment Attorney: According to a Federal jury, Veteran Army Ranger Justin Slaby was subject to unlawful employment discrimination based on his disability at the hands of none other than the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).  As an Army Ranger, Slaby served two tours in Iraq and another in Afghanistan.  After his non-dominant left…

Bingham McCutchen Hit With Discovery Sanctions

Bingham McCutchen Hit With Discovery Sanctions

Orange County Employment Attorney: Great news! The OC Employment Attorney Blog’s own Tamara Freeze recently won a Motion to Compel discovery responses which also resulted in the trial court issuing monetary sanctions of $2,450 against defendant Bingham McCutchen LLP for its abuse of the discovery process (see the court’s order here). Plaintiff Hartwell Harris (who has maintained…

How Much Pregnancy Leave Can I Take?

How Much Pregnancy Leave Can I Take?

Orange County Employment Attorney: Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and now Carrie Mathison? It sure feels like everyone’s getting pregnant these days, which is why it’s no surprise that one of most common questions I get asked is: “How much time can I take off work for pregnancy leave?” THE QUICK ANSWER Like all legal questions,…

New Laws Protect Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation

New Laws Protect Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation

Orange County Employment Lawyer: Thanks to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and the vital contribution it received from the California Employment Lawyers Association, California has implemented landmark regulations protecting employment rights of pregnant workers.  These regulations have been updated to be even more far-reaching, with broad definitions of disability and reasonable accommodation rights.  …

Arbitration Games: Bingham McCutchen Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

Arbitration Games: Bingham McCutchen Appeals to SCOTUS

Orange County Employment Attorney: Eight months after a California Court of Appeal unanimously laid the smack down on Bingham McCutchen, ruling that their mandatory employee arbitration agreement was unenforceable, Bingham is going for broke and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal comes almost five months after the California Supreme Court denied Bingham’s request…

YAHOO! Uses Bell Curve to Help Rank and Fire Employees

YAHOO Employees Ranked and Fired on Bell Curve

Orange County Employment Attorney: Reports have been popping up this week detailing how Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has implemented a system where managers are forced to rank Yahoo employees on a bell curve and then fire those at the low end. This seems to be the second major HR disaster coming from Mayer’s reign after…

CalTrans Hit With $570,000 Verdict for Whistleblower Retaliation

Caltrans Hit With $570,000 Verdict for Whistleblower Retaliation

Orange County Employment Attorney: Caltrans received a very special Halloween treat yesterday when a Los Angeles jury awarded employee Tony Brake, a 50-year old bridge engineer and first-line supervisor, over $570,000 in economic and emotional distress damages after senior Caltrans employees subjected him to whistleblower retaliation after he reported (and refused to participate in) discrimination against…