By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq.

Plaintiff Robert Rodriguez brought a putative class action against AT&T Mobility Services, LLC, on behalf of himself and all other similarly situated retail sales managers of AT&T wireless stores in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Rodriguez asserted various claims under California law related to alleged unpaid wages, overtime compensation, and damages for statutory violations. Rodriguez filed his original complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court and AT&T removed the case to federal court under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d)(2) (the federal Class Action Fairness Act).

Continue Reading The Ninth Circuit Holds that Lead Plaintiffs in a Putative Class Action Don’t Get to Plead Their Way Out of Federal Court

For years, California’s employers have suspected that the EEOC is not the neutral investigative agency it holds itself out to be. Through the process of dealing with recalcitrant advocates, err investigators, employers know all too well that often times the EEOC seems to be on a mission that is anything but a straight forward fact finding mission. The EEOC’s latest alleged actions further demonstrate that this Federal Governmental Agency may now have fully crossed the Maginot line into the land of openly being one of the many employee side plaintiff’s law firms that dot California’s golden shores.

Continue Reading The EEOC Is Now Officially An Employee Side Employment Law Firm

Join Weintraub Tobin’s attorneys in connection with the California Restaurant Association and Leavitt Group in their Summer Seminar Series for Restaurants where they will examine the issues facing employers in the restaurant industry, health care reform and group captive alternatives.

Dates:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Claremont Resort, Berkeley, CA

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sutter Club,

By:  Lizbeth V. West, Esq.

On June 10, 2013, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a new city ordinance called the “Job Assistance Bill.” The new ordinance applies to employers of all sizes, including temporary and staffing agencies.

Continue Reading Seattle Employers Beware: Use of Arrest and Conviction Records In Employment Decisions May Violate the City’s New Job Assistance Bill