7 Examples of How Your Retail Store Employer Is Taking Advantage Of You

If you work in retail, there are several ways that you may not be getting fully compensated, and your retail store employer is taking advantage of you. For example, if your employer requires you to purchase clothing from its store or to wear clothing of a specific color or design (such as wearing all black), […]

What To Do, And Not To Do, When You’re Getting Fired

One of the most exciting experiences I have as an employment lawyer is meeting a prospective new client, hearing their story, and starting to formulate in my own mind the many ways I’m gonna make that rotten company pay for what they did. As the story unfolds, I start to see a great case for […]

Professional Cheerleaders to be Treated as Employees Under New California Law

On July 15, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 202 into law. The Bill requires professional sports teams to treat professional cheerleaders as employees under the new California employment law. The aim of the new law is to provide more protection for cheer athletes in California from being paid less than minimum wage. The […]

A Change in Ownership of a Grocery Store Provides Job Protection

Senate Bill 359, proposed by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, was signed into law in August 17, 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown. The Bill’s aim is to protect grocery workers’ jobs after a change in ownership of a grocery store occurs. The protection period is 90 days and applies to grocery stores that are at […]

Equal Pay for Women: California’s Fair Pay Act

Governor, Jerry Brown, signed the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358) on October 6, 2015. The new law took effect at the beginning of 2016. The bill is aimed at ensuring equal pay for women in the workplace. It strengthens existing law by getting rid of loopholes that prevent enforcement. It also empowers employees to […]

Gucci Struck with Class Action Claim over Wage and Labor Violations

At Aiman-Smith & Marcy Our Oakland attorneys want you to know that help is available for Missed Breaks

On July 23, 2014, Gucci had been hit with a class action claim, which asserted that the Italian design house fell short of sufficiently compensating its workers. Janine Oda and Gissella Velasquez filed the complaint in California Superior Court in Los Angeles in support of themselves and other anonymous staff members who had worked at […]

California’s “Cool-Down” Periods and Avoid the Burn of Wage and Hour Class Litigation

  Just when one might have thought California employment law couldn’t get any stickier for employers, in January 2014 the California Legislature turned up the heat by expanding meal and rest break penalty provisions. Now there’s a new penalty for failure to provide “cool-down,” or recovery, periods to prevent heat illness. Before, heat illness prevention […]