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Feras Morad Federal Trial to Wrap Up Wednesday, July 11th

HSR attorneys Dan Stormer, Joshua Piovia-Scott and Brian Olney represent the family of Feras Morad, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a Long Beach police officer on May 27, 2015. Experts and eyewitnesses have testified over the course of the 2-week trial that the shooting was unjustified and unnecessary.

HSR Partner Cornelia Dai to Speak at the CLA 8th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference on July 12, 2018

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Cornelia Dai will be speaking at the CA Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Law Section's 8th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference in Los Angeles. The one-day conference will cover "what's new, what works, and what does not in the wage case you are litigating." Cornelia Dai will provide the plaintiff's perspective on the recent cases and developments in wage and hour law. To find out more go to http://calawyers.org/LaborEmployment

"Your loved one dies. The prison leaves a voicemail," Sacramento Bee, June 22, 2018 - HSR Clients' Experience Highlighted in Article About Family Death Notifications

When a loved one dies in a CDCR prison, families are often notified in a callous manner --- days after the death, through a short and poorly worded letter or phone call - leaving family members traumatized.

HSR Attorneys to Represent Family of Feras Morad in Federal Court, Tuesday June 26th

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, HSR attorneys Dan Stormer, Josh Piovia-Scott, and Brian Olney will go to trial in federal court in Los Angeles, representing the family of Feras Morad. Feras was a 20-year old national debate champion who had just accepted a full scholarship to attend Cal State Long Beach. On May 27, 2015, Feras fell through a second story window and sustained injuries. Several Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene to render aid to the unarmed Feras. They were prevented from doing so, however, by a Long Beach police officer who arrived moments later. This officer ignored the firefighters' offer to help, refused to wait for backup, repeatedly tased Feras, and then shot him dead in front of numerous eyewitnesses, several of whom had pleaded with the officer not to shoot. This case seeks to hold to account the officer and City for this brazen, unnecessary, and unjustified killing.

HSR Attorney Cindy Pánuco, Panelist in the Sexual Harassment 101 forum, MABA Civil Rights MCLE Day 2018, June 9, 2018

The MABA/MCLE sponsored event, It's Time, What You Can Do to Stop Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, takes place June 9, 2018 at Loyola Law School. Attorney Cindy Panuco will participate as a panelist in the Sexual Harassment 101 forum, 9:30-10:30 AM.

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. In addition, the court found that those employees who had quit or were terminated were entitled to waiting time penalties equal to 30 days of wages. The Court of Appeal emphasized that an employer has a duty to investigate the proper rate owed to employees and that when an employer intentionally fails or refuses to pay employees who are discharged or quit all wages owed, waiting time penalties are mandatory and cannot be reduced by a trial court.

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.

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