July 2015 Archives

HSR's $28 million dollar claim on behalf of Unarmed College Student Killed by Long Beach PD Covered by Media Outlets Across the Country

Last week, HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott announced the filing of a wrongful death claim against the City of Long Beach and Long Beach Police Department on behalf of Feras Morad's family. Mr. Morad was shot and killed by Long Beach Police on May 27, 2015, a tragedy that could have been avoided.

California provides protections against workplace bullying

In recent years, elementary and secondary schools across the U.S. have taken steps to stop bullying. However, bullying behaviors like taunting, teasing, threatening and name calling aren't just a problem in schools. Statistics from the Workplace Bullying Institute indicate that more than one-quarter of U.S. employees admit to being victims of bullying at work.

Millions stolen from workers in LA County every week

The United States is often held up as a model for how a democratic society should function. Along with Constitutional rights like free speech and the right to due process, U.S. labor and employment laws also provide workers with many important rights and protections. For example each state provides workers with minimum wage and overtime protections which guarantee workers a livable wage and help ensure that they are compensated for all hours worked.

HSR Initiates Legal Action Against City of Long Beach on Behalf of Family of Unarmed College Student Shot and Killed by Long Beach Police

HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott brought claims today against the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Police Department on behalf of the family of Feras Morad, the unarmed, injured, college student who was brutally shot by Long Beach Police on May 27, 2015. Despite witness accounts that Mr. Morad was not acting violently or aggressively, police opened fire, killing Mr. Morad. "The facts in this case are simple, straightforward, and obscene, said attorney Dan Stormer, "A young man was found bloodied, confused, and unarmed in daylight hours in a calm and peaceful Long Beach neighborhood...Had the police chosen to de-escalate this situation, a promising young man would be alive today."

Remembering a Life that Mattered: Charly Keunang

GQ Magazine recently published a powerful and moving article detailing the life and death of Charly Keunang, an unarmed man brutally shot by LAPD in March. HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia Scott represent Charly's family in the ongoing fight for justice for Charly.

Are workplace English-only language policies discriminatory?

According to the Pew Research Center, today, Latinos make up the largest ethnic and racial group in the state of California. Many Latino Americans, especially those who are first-generation, are native Spanish speakers for whom English is a second language.

ADA protections and employment accommodations

There's a saying related to a belief that you don't really know someone or their specific situation until you walk a mile in his or her shoes. This saying rings particularly true when discussing individuals who struggle with physical or mental disabilities.

LA County to Pay Plaintiffs $5.3 million in Settlement of Fatal Shooting by Sheriff's Deputies

Following the 2012 fatal shooting of Jose De La Trinidad by the LA County Sheriff's Department, HSR, along with co-counsel, have obtained a $5.3 million settlement for Mr. De La Trinidad's family. HSR Partner Joshua Piovia-Scott, and co-counsel, worked hard to ensure justice for Mr. De La Trinidad and his family after he was brutally shot by deputies seven times, five times in the back, despite a witness account that Mr. De La Trinidad surrendered himself with his hands on his head at the time he was shot.

Gay and lesbian rights advocates set their sights on employment laws

In a landmark decision on Friday, June 26; the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. The high court's ruling compels states where bans on gay marriage existed to lift those bans effective immediately and to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian residents who wish to wed.

HSR Reaches Settlement Stemming from Excessive Force of LA County Sheriff's Deputies

HSR Partner Joshua-Piovia Scott reached a settlement with LA County for $200,000 on behalf of Plaintiff Daniel Johnson, following the 2012 attack on Mr. Johnson by LA County Sheriff's deputies. Mr. Johnson was tackled and repeatedly tased after asking if he could pick up his father's cigarette butt to avoid a citation.

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