Expanded Legislation for Lactation Accommodations in California

In 2019, California lawmakers passed several employment laws seeking to further extend benefits and protections in the workplace to California workers. In addition, some added a greater defense against discrimination and harassment in the workplace and to provide adequate accommodations and treatment to women who are lactating mothers.In this blog, The Grady Firm will explore …

Uber and Postmates Sue CA to Challenge New AB5 Legislation that Effects CA’s Growing Gig Economy

On Monday, December 30, 2019, Uber, Postmates, and two drivers filed a lawsuit against the State of California, seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, in an effort to fight AB 5, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. The two companies, along with Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash, have also put more than $100 million into …

Plaintiffs Given Broad Access to Discovery in PAGA Suits by California Supreme Court

by Grace Lim-Ayres, Esq. On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court in Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA, LLC) issued an opinion addressing the scope of discovery in representative actions brought under PAGA (Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, codified in Cal. Lab. Code § 2698 et seq.).  The Labor Code Private Attorneys …

California Cities and Counties “Ban the Box” That Asks About Criminal History on Job Applications

It’s a familiar box on any job application. “Check here if you have ever been convicted of a crime in a court of law.” But is it legal? Recent US Census results illustrate that as many as 70 million American adults have a criminal record of some kind. In California, as many as 1 in …

Employers May Only Recover Attorney’s Fees and Costs in Certain Actions If They Can Demonstrate that the Plaintiff Brought the Action in Bad Faith (SB 462)

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. After January 1, 2014, employers will only be able to recover reasonable attorney's fees and costs if they are the prevailing party in a court action brought by current or former employees for the nonpayment of wages, fringe benefits, or health and welfare or pension fund contributions if  they can …