Individuals who have a physical or mental disability must often overcome many challenges in life. Historically, disabled Americans have suffered discrimination which often adversely affects one's ability to obtain and retain employment and secure financial independence.
Anyone who has ever been fired or let go from a place of employment likely feels wronged in some way. The vast majority of employment relationships in the U.S. are at-will, meaning that an employer can choose to dismiss an employee from his or her position at virtually any time and for any reason provided it is valid and does not violate employment laws.
Currently, California employers are required to pay workers a minimum hourly wage of $9.00 per hour. While many argue that the state's minimum wage should be much higher, California ranks fourth among all 50 states for having one of the highest minimum wages. Despite this fact, attempting to support oneself much less a family on todayâs minimum wage is nearly impossible.
On Wednesday, Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP along with Washington D.C.-based Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, and New York City-based Valli Kane and Vagnini, LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of former "Young and the Restless" star Victoria Rowell alleging that she was retaliated against by CBS, Sony Pictures, and other media companies in charge of the show's production following her campaign to increase diversity in the daytime soap opera industry.
According to the International Franchise Association, an estimated 18 million U.S. workers currently work at a franchise. This equates to roughly "one out of eight U.S. private-sector jobs." The franchise model has long been regarded as a successful business model that provides for the growth and financial security of both the franchisor company and individual franchisee. However, the future of franchising in the U.S. may soon look very different as one of the largest and most successful franchises was recently named as a defendant in a workplace discrimination lawsuit.