November 2011 Archives

Wrongful termination lawsuit filed against California bank

California is no stranger to workplace discrimination cases. Now, a former employee of the La Costa branch of Union Bank has filed a lawsuit claiming that the bank is guilty of harassment and age discrimination, which, she alleges, led to her wrongful termination.

Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP help secure justice at HEI Hotels & Resorts

Hadsell Stormer Richardson and Renick LLP recently helped Hotel workers achieve justice at an HEI Hotels & Resorts operated hotel - Embassy Suites Irvine. In eight hearings over the Summer of 2011 before the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (also known as the "Labor Commissioner"), the operators of the Embassy Suites Irvine were found to owe eight current and former HEI employees between $4907 and $6764 for violations of the California Labor Code.

Alabama jury awards Iranian-American $7.5 million in slander case

On November 1, 2011, an Alabama jury awarded Iranian-born Shawn Esfahani $7.5 million in damages for his slander claim. Esfahani, owner of Eastern Shore Toyota, had sought $28 million in compensatory and punitive damages from Bob Tyler Toyota for falsely portraying him as an Islamist militant. Employees at Bob Tyler Toyota attempted to dissuade potential customers from purchasing cars from Esfahani by calling Esfahani a "terrorist", labeling his dealership as "Taliban Toyota" and alleging that Esfahani funneled money to terrorists in Iraq to kill U.S. soldiers. Esfahani called these slanderous tactics "un-American."

Entertainment turns into sexual harassment and assault

That sexual assault and sexual harassment occurs at all at the work place is disconcerting. That it can sometimes be tolerated and even be the source of entertainment for others makes such behavior even more offensive.

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Block Deposition of Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tanaka

An emergency panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to enter a protective order preventing plaintiff Michael Holguin from taking the deposition of Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul K. Tanaka. Michael Holguin is represented by the law firm of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, in an action seeking damages for injuries he sustained when held as a detainee in the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. The County had attempted to block the deposition of Undersheriff Tanaka. Plaintiff Holguin alleges that he was beaten by deputies while handcuffed and that the County of Los Angeles has engaged in a pattern and practice of deputies using excessive force against inmates. The action is pending in Federal District Court and set for trial in February 2012. The case is entitled Holguin v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. CV 10-8011-GW(PLAx).

Recent Audit by the State of California Reveals Self-Dealing by Engineering Firm AAE; the Same Firm Whose Bribery of City of Maywood Officials was Exposed by Former Maywood Employee, David Mango.

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that California State Controller John Chiang's office found in an audit released Tuesday, an improper arrangement between the City of Montebello, and its engineering firm AAE. Through the city's arrangement with AAE, the firm served as Montebello's city engineer and awarded $2 million in contracts to itself, approved its own invoices and oversaw its own compliance.,0,3835276.story. In August, 2010 former Director of Building and Planning Director David Mango for the City of Maywood was fired just days after he revealed to Maywood's City Manager Lilian Myers, that he had gone undercover as part of a federal investigation into AAE's dealings with City of Maywood officials. According to this week's Los Angeles Times story, "Federal sources confirmed that . . . [Mr. Mango] . . . had worked undercover for the FBI." David Mango is represented by the law firms of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP and the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames in his lawsuit against Maywood for his wrongful and retaliatory termination.

Former Oakland city administrator sues city

In a case that's currently pending in a California court, seemingly the only thing the two opposing parties can agree on in is the fact that Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly was fired from her position with the city. Edgerly claims that she was fired due to her gender and alleges that the former mayor of Oakland, Ron Dellums, unfairly hired and granted promotions in favor of male employees. She's filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.

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