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.
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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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.