March 2012 Archives

California college settles second sexual harassment suit in year

Sometimes sexual harassment can be rampant throughout one organization. Over the last year, one California college has settled two sexual harassment allegations. The college paid out millions of dollars for to settle lawsuits that claim the same man sexually harassed women.

Company settles California pregnancy discrimination case

A lawsuit that was filed over a year ago has been settled after a company accused of discriminating against a pregnant woman agreed to pay the woman $140,000. The pregnancy discrimination suit filed in California alleged the woman was not hired for a position that she was qualified for because she was pregnant. The company rescinded the offer after finding out about the pregnancy, according to a report.

Los Angeles jury awards $1.29 million in sexual harassment case

A former Burbank deputy police chief who claimed he was demoted and then fired for complaining about racial discrimination and sexual harassment within the department was awarded $1.29 million Monday by a downtown Los Angeles jury.

HSRR files Complaint over Lomita's denial of request for new mosque

Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick along with the office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations have filed a joint complaint against the city of Lomita for denying the Islamic Center of South Bay's application to build a new mosque.‬

Former NASA Pasadena worker files wrongful termination suit

Many times coworkers engage in conversations that involve disagreements on beliefs. Most people don't expect to be fired for sharing their beliefs with other people, as long as they don't force them on coworkers. That's exactly what a former Pasadena NASA administrator says happened to him in a wrongful termination lawsuit that began this week. The man is fighting to protect his right to express his beliefs.

Whistleblower trial commences for former Colton police chief

HSRR Partner Dan Stormer gave his opening statement this week in a trial involving former Colton Police Chief Ken Rulon. Rulon alleges that he was wrongfully fired and defamed for reporting suspected corruption involving multiple Colton city officials.

Illegal labor practices rampant in Los Angeles area warehouses

Large distribution centers help receive and sort goods that are sent all across the United States for hundreds of companies, including some of the nation's most recognizable brands. These distributions centers which are located just east of Los Angeles are also rampant with illegal labor practices according to a federal lawsuit. They move millions of dollars in goods each year, but it appears they pay their employees very little.

Anne Richardson will speak at the University of Colorado's Law School on Friday, March 16, 2012

HSRR's Anne Richardson is a featured speaker at the University of Colorado Law School's Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy's Symposium on March 16, 2012. She will address the issue of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations. Click here for more information.

HSRR part of $3.2 million attorney's fee award

On Friday March 2, 2012, a federal judge awarded more than $3.2 million in attorney's fees and expenses to three law firms who spent more than a decade in a legal battle with Orange County, California, in order to ensure that the jails were made more accessible to the disabled. 

Reem Salahi has been invited to speak at UCLA

HSRR Associate, Reem Salahi, was invited to speak this Saturday on the attorney panel for the Law Fellows Program at UCLA. The Law Fellows Program is a pipeline-building initiative designed to increase diversity in law schools and within the profession. This year's cohort consists of 98 participants, primarily undergraduate students of color from across California.

Former Los Angeles restaurant worker sues for sexual harassment

A former Cheesecake Factory bakery worker is suing the company and two former managers after she alleges they harassed her and then fired her. The Los Angeles worker says the sexual harassment started with inappropriate comments and escalated to touching and unwanted text messages to the woman. The managers later fired the woman.

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