Last Thursday, HSRR's Cindy Panuco spoke to Jim Lafferty on KPFK's Lawyer's Guild Radio Hour. She joined military lawyer Jason Wright and investigative journalist Jason Leopold to discuss the detention center in Guantanamo as well as President Obama's speech on counter-terrorism earlier that day.
An increasingly powerful tool in the fight against wrongful terminations is the claim of retaliatory discharge. This claim is used in California in a wrongful termination claim to generally assert that the employer fired the employee in retaliation against proper activity being performed by the employee. In this case, a former San Rafael police officer and Marin County deputy district attorney has brought a lawsuit for wrongful termination against San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.
California readers may be aware of an employment lawsuit that clothing manufacturer Wet Seal Inc. has been facing since July 2012. Legal action against the company developed into a class-action employment discrimination suit filed on behalf of African-American employees working out of one of the company's stores on the east coast. At the heart of the lawsuit are claims that upper management actively discouraged the presence of African-American managers at the retail store level.
The police are entrusted by the public to uphold the rule of law. However, the police are also subject to the law of the land and can also face applicable punishment and consequences if they end up breaking the law. Unfortunately, one police chief in California is being accused of breaking employment laws in a recent sexual harassment and wrongful termination complaint filed by a former dispatcher.
The California state labor commissioner is dedicated to ensuring that construction contractors who work on public works projects pay prevailing wages to their employees. Repayment of unpaid wages extends to not just subcontractors, but also the general contractors on a specific project. Recently, the California labor commissioner announced that a $225,000 settlement was successfully negotiated with Bobo Construction Inc.