May 2015 Archives

OSHA takes steps to promote the safety and rights of transgender employees

Individuals who identify as being transgendered face many hurdles in both life and the workplace. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all employees are protected from suffering acts of workplace discrimination, harassment or retaliation because of their sex. While these protections include individuals who are transgendered, some employers continue to fail to take necessary or adequate steps to provide for the basic rights and safety of transgender employees.

Legal protection for employees who report an employer's illegal activities

Upon being hired, an employee is often required to go through training. Some training courses relate to an employee's specific job responsibilities while others may pertain to company policies including business ethics and codes of conduct. Employees are expected to abide by certain codes of conduct to avoid any ethical and legal issues.

$7.8 Million Settlement Concludes a 10-year Legal Battle in Lynne Wang, et al. v. Chinese Daily News Inc., et al.

After ten years of hard-fought litigation, HSR Partners Randy Renick and Cornelia Dai reached a $7.8 million settlement for wage-and-hour claims against Chinese Daily News. Representing 200 hourly employees, Plaintiffs' sought damages against Chinese Daily News for unpaid overtime, failure to provide rest and meal breaks, wage statement violations, and waiting time violations.

Calls for Community Unity at Memorial of Charly Keunang

Funeral services were held this past Saturday, May 16, 2015, for Charly Leundeu Keunang, an unarmed homeless man who was shot and killed by LAPD officers in early March. HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott represent Mr. Keunang's family in their lawsuits against the LAPD in connection with the killing. Family, friends, community and church leaders, arrived at the Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to give their final respects to Charly while urging for change to the unfair practices of the LAPD.

Have you suffered age discrimination in the workplace?

According to the Pew Research Center, there are currently 74.9 million individuals in the U.S. who are age 51 to 69. Individuals in this age demographic are widely referred to as the baby boomer generation and, for at least the next decade, this generation is expected to reign as the most populous age group. Many of these men and women are still working and need to work. The problem, many say is that they are increasingly encountering acts of age discrimination and being forced to retire prematurely.

HSR's $20 million dollar claim on behalf of an unarmed man killed by the LAPD is covered in media outlets across the country

Last Thursday, HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, filed a $20 million dollar claim against the LAPD on behalf of Charly Keunang's family. Charly was killed by the LAPD on March 1, 2015. He was homeless, unarmed, and alone, and was shot six times after being confronted by six LAPD officers. The killing was captured on video and seen by millions of people around the world.

California workers afforded new rights and protections

Too often, stories surface about American businesses that are taking advantage of and shortchanging employees for the sake of profits. While many states continue to favor the rights of businesses over workers and fight to maintain current minimum wage laws, several pro-labor laws were recently enacted and passed in California.

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