September 2017 Archives

HSR Welcomes New Associate Shaleen Shanbhag

Ms. Shanbhag's areas of practice are civil rights, employment, and international human rights law. She joined the firm after clerking for the Honorable John E. Dowdell of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Before her clerkship, Ms. Shanbhag completed a fellowship with the ACLU of Southern California, where she focused on education equity, juvenile justice, and police practices issues.

Consistent with History of Refusal to File Criminal Charges Against Police , DA Declines to File Charges Against Officer Who Killed Feras Morad. HSR Represents Family in Civil Suit.

On September 12, 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced that it will not bring criminal charges against the officer who shot and killed Feras Morad in May 2015. The family of Feras Morad is saddened and disappointed by District Attorney Jackie Lacey's decision not bring charges against the officer -- who shot and killed their unarmed son rather than providing him the medical assistance he needed -- but look forward to holding the officer, the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Police Chief Luna accountable for their actions in the family's civil case, which is set for trial on February 20, 2018. Joshua Piovia-Scott, a partner in the civil rights law firm of Hadsell Stormer & Renick, which represents Mr. Morad's parents and estate, stated "It is a travesty of justice that the DA's office did not file charges. If this was anyone except a police officer he would be in jail. We need to stop this DA supported killings by cops. We will hold them accountable before a jury of their peers, not some bureaucrat whose job it is to protect lawless police."

Court rejects Obama administration salary exemption rule

As retailers across the country prepare to hire temporary workers for the holiday season, they may be breathing a sigh of relief when it comes to the specter of paying some managers mandatory overtime. A federal district court judge in Texas struck down an Obama administration rule that would have raised the exemption amount that distinguishes hourly employees from salaried workers.

Termination of DACA and Information for DACA Recipients

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration directed immigration agencies to phase out and terminate the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). DACA is a renewable, two-year immigration relief program for individuals who entered the country as undocumented children under the age of 16 and who meet other stringent eligibility requirements. The program was created by executive order under former-President Obama in 2012. Recipients of DACA, also known as "Dreamers," receive protection from deportation, are eligible for a temporary work permit, and can obtain a valid Social Security number. Since its inception, DACA has allowed almost 800,000 young immigrants to more fully participate in their communities as students and workers without fear of deportation. About 200,000 of those "Dreamers" live in the state of California.

HSR Represents Family Taking Legal Action on Behalf of a Man Killed by Whittier Police as Mother who Called for Help Looked On

August 30, 2017, the family of Jonathan Salcido filed a tort claim -- the initial phase in a $15 million law suit -- seeking justice, demanding police training on de-escalation, and demanding training in assisting people with mental illness.

HSR Obtains Court Orders Forcing Chiefs of Police to Testify Regarding Police Shootings

When the Chiefs of the Long Beach and Stockton Police Departments refused to testify about shootings by their officers in three cases in which HSR represents the victims of the shooting, HSR obtained court orders requiring the Chiefs to submit to depositions about the shootings. The Court determined the Chiefs had to testify about these incidents -- and their own and the Department's responses to them -- because they could be held personally responsible for the unconstitutionally excessive force used by their officers in these shootings.

Could social media posts violate non-solicitation agreements?

Social media sites such as LinkedIn and Ladders have changed the landscape for salespeople and jobseekers alike. Salespeople can reach and develop a larger customer base with less effort, and job seekers can connect with decision-makers in unprecedented ways. But with so much more exposure, salespeople who leave an employer may have to be particularly careful about comments made on social media, especially if the employee is subject to a non-solicitation agreement.

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