Wrongful termination. Gender discrimination. Age discrimination. All are themes of The Muppets heading to the courtroom, not for a new film from Disney, but to defend themselves in an employment lawsuit recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cecilia Hyoun was a seasoned assistant film editor hired to work on a new Muppets movie slated to complete production in 2011.
It's big news on the other coast: administration at Harvard University searched the emails of 16 members of the faculty. Administrators were trying to root out a leak; the university was embroiled in a cheating scandal last fall and there was reason to believe that the press had an inside source within the school that was providing information about how the scandal was being handled.
Dossat vs. Hoffman-La Roche, et. al., 2:09-CV-00245-KJD-PAL
Employers have the responsibility to stay alert to employment law changes and modify any policies that do not comply with federal and state laws. The fashion industry, however, continues to show signs that they're far behind in protecting models. As independent contractors for fashion designers, it's sometimes unclear for the employer how to treat the models under the law, but it's becoming increasingly clear that further regulation may be needed to prevent grievous harm.
A new law that went into effect in January could have serious consequences for anyone who advises an employer to treat an employee as a contractor, if in fact that classification is knowingly incorrect. The contractor misclassification law is under labor code 2763 and it allows the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to assess monetary penalties against individuals or employers who violate the law.
On November 4, 2010 Bononi Law Group partner Bill Waldo was a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the California Employment Law Council ("CELC"). CELC is an organization comprised of the 100 largest employers in the state of California. Its annual meeting features prominent speakers who are experts on the current "hot topics" in California Employment Law. While CELC membership is comprised entirely of employers, each year its executive committee invites a prominent lawyer whose practice focuses upon representing employees in lawsuit against CELC members and other California employers. This year, Mr. Waldo was invited by the CELC executive committee to speak on the topic of a "Plaintiff attorneys' perspective: What's hot and what's not." Mr. Waldo's 45 minute presentation covered the hottest topics in California Employment Law, including technology harassment (harassment through e-mails, camera phones and text messages), disability retaliation, and the rise of sexual orientation harassment claims.
Uffer a no-go in Needles
Hospital's board can't agree on deal
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer Created: 09/13/2010 06:56:13 PM PDT
Britney Spears' Ex-Bodyguard Must Prove Ongoing Harassment, Expert Says
Attorney Michael Bononi explains that the burden is on Fernando Flores to prove his hostile work environment.
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