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Whistleblower cases can result in high money awards

In 2012, a former cardiac surgery physician's assistant at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento named Ani Chopourian was awarded an incredible sum of $168 million in her harassment suit against the hospital. At the time, this was believed to be the most substantial amount of damages ever awarded to a single plaintiff in a case of workplace harassment in the United States. This case of whistleblower harassment helped set a legal precedent for others who had been harassed after reporting unethical or illegal conduct at their own workplace, showing them that there are legal avenues through which they can seek compensation for their mistreatment.

West Hollywood City Council's Whistleblower Soap Opera

The sordid story of sexual harassment, wiretapping, whistleblowing and retaliation in the West Hollywood City Council that came to be known as "Deputygate" might be one for the books. If you had trouble following the snarled threads of this case, you aren't alone. The case of former council deputy Michelle Rex, who sued the city for wrongful termination following what she felt was a retaliatory firing for her role in reporting the sexual harassment of fellow council deputy, Ian Owens, came to a close on May 19th. However, the culmination of the case will mean little without detailing the twists and turns that led to it.

Can You Sue for Verbal Abuse at Work in California?

can-you-sue-for-verbal-abuse-at-work-california.pngDid you know that 42 percent of workers in the United States have reported being victims of verbal abuse at work? If you are one of these employees who has suffered from verbal abuse, you may be able to file a workplace harassment complaint. But how do you know when you can sue your employer for verbal abuse? This article will help you understand how California law protects workers from verbal abuse in the workplace.

Top Myths About Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits in California

myths-workplace-discrimination-lawsuits-california.pngIf you are considering suing your employer for workplace discrimination, you likely know at least some of your legal rights under California and federal employment laws. But even if your employer is subjecting you to discrimination at work, it is important to know that there are many myths surrounding employment lawsuits. This is why it is crucial for employees to refrain from playing lawyer and understand that they may not want to point fingers before consulting an expert California workplace discrimination attorney.

Genetic Information Discrimination in the California Workplace: What Employees Need to Know

genetic-information-discrimination-california-workplace.pngGenetic research has made it possible to identify if you may be susceptible to certain diseases or disorders. While genetic testing advancements offer the great ability for doctors to detect, treat, and even prevent some medical conditions early, your genetic information may also make you vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace.

Los Angeles Enacts Historic Ban the Box Legislation

Los Angeles Ban the Box Fair Chance Ordinance EnactedLos Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, recently signed the "Fair Chance Initiative." Also known as the "Ban the Box" ordinance, the new law prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history or running background checks until they are given a conditional offer of employment. The law is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2017.

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