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Wrongful termination claimed by fired Chivas USA coaches

A law suit has been filed against California Major League Soccer Association club Chivas USA. Two former coaches at the club's youth academy allege that they were fired because they did not speak Spanish, and their claims are reportedly based on statements made last year by the club's owner during a franchise meeting. He allegedly advised those in attendance to go work for another club if they did not speak Spanish. One of the coaches involved states that he was directed to collect information on the nationalities of the youth academy participants and their parents. Evidence in support of the wrongful termination and racial discrimination claims is still being collected.

Former employee sues police chief in wrongful termination claim

An increasingly powerful tool in the fight against wrongful terminations is the claim of retaliatory discharge. This claim is used in California in a wrongful termination claim to generally assert that the employer fired the employee in retaliation against proper activity being performed by the employee. In this case, a former San Rafael police officer and Marin County deputy district attorney has brought a lawsuit for wrongful termination against San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Wrongful termination suit focuses on pregnancy

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against filmmaking giant Lucasfilm Ltd. will be handed back down to Superior Court. The decision is the latest move in a long running case that centers on a claim of wrongful termination. A new trial date is expected, which will give the terminated employee another chance to make her case in front of a new jury.

HSRR Wins Major Victory in Wrongful Termination Case

Last Friday, March 22nd, a federal court jury in San Diego awarded over $4,646,252 to Denise Steffens. Ms. Steffens (represented at trial by Cindy Panuco and Dan Stormer of HSRR and Susan Guinn) was employed as a building manager by the office rental company Regus Group PLC, but was fired in July of 2007 after reporting wage-and-hour violations. The verdict is especially monumental since it comes out of the usually conservative San Diego area. "This is a great victory," said Cindy Panuco. "It shows that jurors will not accept hollow excuses for abusing workers." In October 2006, Steffens complained that Regus' staffing plan didn't allow her to give her staff legally required lunch and rest breaks. Immediately after this, the regional vice president of the company gave the order to "Get rid of her," according to testimony from her former supervisor. Her 11 years of prior employment records were unblemished, but in April 2007 she was put on a performance improvement plan intended to result in her termination, including impossible sales goals and supposed weaknesses in performance which her supervisor testified had been copied almost directly from an improvement plan previously given to another Regus employee. In July of 2007, Steffens was terminated. Regus, however, argued that Steffens was fired because of her declining attitude toward her work. After four days of trial, the jury found Regus liable for wrongful termination in violation of public policy - a tort claim which prohibits retaliation for whistleblowing. The jury returned a verdict for $4,646,252, including $3.5 million in punitive damages after finding that Regus acted with fraud, oppression, or malice when it terminated Ms. Steffens.

California worker sues for wrongful termination

Employees who feel that they have been wrongfully fired or let go from their position have the right to legal recourse. This is especially true when the reason for their termination is retaliatory. In many cases, employees who speak up about unfair or illegal practices are fired shortly afterward. By pursuing a wrongful termination suit against their employer, such employees are not only standing up for their own rights, their court victories also make a strong statement that such acts will not be tolerated by the California courts.

Sharon Stone sued by maid over wrongful termination

Actress Sharon Stone is making headlines across California, but not for a role in a new hit movie. The star is being sued for wrongful termination and retaliation by a household employee. The case, which was recently filed, is likely to become contentious, as the actress has already issued statements to the press relaying her belief that the claims against her are 'ridiculous' and 'bizarre.'

Can California employers terminate workers for moral reasons?

A recent Los Angeles lawsuit brings up interesting legal questions as to whether or not an employee can be terminated for actions that his or her employer deems immoral. At issue is a lawsuit in which a former employee of a Christian college claims that she was subjected to wrongful termination from her position as a financial aid specialist.

Wrongful termination suit suggests harassment, retaliation

When an employee is subjected to mistreatment within a California workplace, it can be difficult to know how to react. Many fear that speaking out will lead to retaliatory action or even dismissal. In some cases, the offensive behavior may be so ingrained into the culture of the company that individuals can feel uncomfortable making a complaint. Many times, employees do not feel that they are able to effectively fight back until the situation ends in termination. Once fired, a wrongful termination suit allows for the opportunity to bring the questionable treatment before a court of law.

All of Hadsell Stormer's name partners recognized as Super Lawyers

Barbara Hadsell, Dan Stormer, Anne Richardson, and Randy Renick, the name partners of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, have each been recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine in its Annual Top Attorneys List in 2013.  Dan Stormer has been named to the list of Top 100 attorneys in Southern California each year since the recognition's inception, and Anne Richardson has been named to the list of Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2013. 

California wrongful termination: Storage Wars under fire

California fans of 'Storage Wars' may be familiar with the new drama surrounding the show. Dave Hester, one of the stars of the show, has filed a lawsuit against the production company, accusing it of breach of contract, wrongful termination, unfair business practices and other charges. He has accused A&E of defrauding the public and then firing him when he complained about it.

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