Recent News

HSR and ACLU Obtain Settlement on Behalf of Muslim Women Ejected From Urth Cafe
Restaurant Chain Agrees to Update Its Policies and Hold Staff Trainings

ACLU of Southern California

Press Release: June 14, 2018

Group of Women Ejected from Urth Caffe Obtain Settlement

LOS ANGELES - Seven Muslim women ejected from an Urth Caffe restaurant by its management have obtained a settlement agreement requiring the restaurant chain to hold diversity trainings for its employees and update its policies. The group of women, represented by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the law firm of Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP, charged that the Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach forced them to leave because they were visibly Muslim.

Urth Caffe has also agreed, under the settlement, to clarify its seating policy to ensure it is applied consistently to all customers and to include in its employee handbook a requirement that customer diversity be respected

HSR Attorney Dan Stormer Weighs in on $100 Million Maternity Discrimination Class Action Suit

The Northern California Record interviewed attorney Dan Stormer for the May 30, 2018 article "Law Firm Morrison & Foerster faces maternity discrimination suit filed by California plaintiffs," a $100 million suit filed by Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP on behalf of three female employees.

Court of Appeals Affirms Hadsell Stormer & Renick Trial Victory on Behalf of Hourly Restaurant Workers

The California Court of Appeal affirmed a 2017 trial verdict in favor of over 200 Restaurant workers against their employer Daily Grill Restaurant at the Westin LAX Hotel. The workers proved that Daily Grill violated the City of Los Angeles Airport Hotel Living Wage Ordinance by willfully refusing to pay its workers the required living wage from 2010 to 2014.

Attorney Barbara Hadsell Comments on Uber's and Lyft's Updated Sexual Harassment Policy

On May 18, 2018, LA Times columnist David Lazarus interviewed HSR partner Barbara Hadsell concerning her thoughts on Uber's and Lyft's new "#MeToo" policies. The policies purportedly will allow customers who have been victims of sexual assault or harassment to pursue legal claims in court rather than being limited to forced arbitration requirements. The two companies also stated they will remove a confidentiality clause, allowing victims to open up publicly about assault and harassment by the companies' drivers.

Settlement Reached for $1.95 Million in Charly "Africa" Keunang Case, Two Officers Found Liable

On Thursday, May 10, a federal jury found two LAPD officers liable for their conduct in the shooting death of Charly "Africa" Keunang, an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man who was killed in front of his tent on skid row in March 2015. HSR attorneys Josh Piovia-Scott, Dan Stormer, and Shaleen Shanbhag represented the family of Mr. Keunang in their claim that LAPD officers unreasonably escalated their confrontation with Mr. Keunang, resulting in his death.