Today, Dan Stormer and Josh Piovia-Scott of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The lawsuit, which has enormous constitutional and environmental consequences for the citizens and state of California, targets California State Senate Bill 292 as representing an unnecessary and unfair attack on the community protections provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A project of this size will have substantial environmental and other health impacts on surrounding communities, most of which are working class communities of color, and a robust and constitutionally valid process is crucial to protecting community health. See the extensive news coverage of the case here:
A former employee of Disney Corp. has filed a suit in federal court. In her complaint, the woman alleges that she was subject to workplace discrimination due to Disney's refusal to allow her to wear a head scarf while she worked. This refusal, according to the California woman, constituted workplace discrimination, which resulted in her leaving her job.
A former police officer is suing the city he worked for, alleging that he was improperly terminated from his position. The wrongful termination suit filed in a California court alleges that the police officer was fired due to his voicing concern about the chief of police. The officer was fired in 2010 after he had been investigated by internal affairs.
Everybody deserves to be free from harassment in the workplace. However, more people are experiencing harassment by their work supervisors every day. This is especially common for women that are subordinates to male supervisors at a job. One woman working at Mencarini Winery in California is claiming this is exactly what happened to her. She is suing the winery in an alleged sexual harassment lawsuit.
Attorneys from Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Council on American Islamic Relations responded to a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney granting a Department of Justice request to dismiss their civil rights lawsuit against the FBI. Although the Court's ruling dismissed the lawsuit against the FBI, it permits the suit to go forward against the individual government agents under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the ACLU of Southern California, filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company on behalf of a Muslim woman who was the target of anti-Arab harassment and failure to accommodate her religious belief. Imane Boudlal, a 28 year old woman of Moroccan descent, was called a "terrorist," "camel," and "Kunta Kinte" by co-workers and supervisors after they learned she was a Muslim. Disney failed to take any action, even after being told of the harassment. Later, Ms. Boudlal asked her managers if she could wear the hijab to work. She worked as a hostess at a hotel restaurant where her only "uniform" was a vest and khaki pants. She was told that she would either have to work in another location, outside the sight of guests, or wear a hat that looked like a derby over a scarf. When she asked to wear a simple scarf that matched her uniform, she was refused. "This is modern day Jim Crow," said Anne Richardson, one of her attorneys. "Muslim employees who want to express their religion by wearing a headscarf are asked to hide it, or work out of sight." http://www.aclu-sc.org/muslim-former-employee-sues-disney/#more-13332
Within the workplace, supervisors and managers are in a position of power. This position comes with a certain level of responsibility and a code of proper conduct. In every state across the nation, it is illegal to abuse this power by harassing employees. Unfortunately, some managers ignore these laws and regulations, which can result in a civil lawsuit filed by one or more employees. This is what happened recently when a California state park supervisor was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In the most recent issue of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Attorney Dan Stormer was described as "an internationally recognized expert in civil rights and employment law."
Franchise law can be complex, and it is often unclear whether or to what degree a franchisor can be liable for the actions of a franchisee. This is because the franchisee for the most part operates independently of the franchising company. However, sometimes a franchisor can be held liable for a franchisee lawsuit. This was the case in a recent sexual harassment case in California against Domino's Pizza.