The $80,000 Status

February 28, 2014 Legal Team
Patrick Shay felt discriminated against for his age. He had been terminated from his position as principal at the Gulliver Preparatory School, and he alleged age discrimination as the motive behind his termination. The case settled for $80,000.Settlement agreements are strictly confidential, and while it may seem like just a precaution, they are in...
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Are Employers Legally Obligated to Offer a Severance?

February 27, 2014 Legal Team
Upon termination, companies will frequently provide severance packages (also known also “termination pay” or “severance pay” or “separation pay”) so that the former employee may sustain his or herself for a period after separation with the company. The questions many employees have though is this: “are employers legally obligated to offer a severance?”This is...
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You Stay Classy, San Diego

February 25, 2014 Legal Team
Throughout the end of 2013, the news was ablaze with the sexual indiscretions of San Diego mayor, Bob Filner. Now, almost three months into 2014, Mayor Filner is once more in the spotlight…by paying the cost.The city of San Diego is paying out its second settlement for the former mayor's indiscretions. Peggy Shannon, a...
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The First Steps to File a Lawsuit

February 24, 2014 Legal Team
You find yourself bullied and harassed at your workplace. You're called names based on your ethnicity, or your religious beliefs and practices are brought into question, or you experience unwanted touching and sexual advances. You report these incidents to your employer. You are fired. Now what?Many people find themselves at a loss when their...
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Sexual Harassment Need Not Be Motivated by Desire

February 21, 2014 Legal Team
In light of Kelley v. The Conco Companies, (“Kelley”) 196 Cal. App. 4th 191, 126 legislators enacted Senate Bill 292 amending the Fair Employment and Housing Act to explicitly state that sexual desire need not be a motivating factor in order for a plaintiff to prevail on a claim of harassment.In Kelley, a male plaintiff complained of harassment...
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