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24 Feb Forced arbitration and the Supreme Court

As readers of this blog might have guessed, I am not a fan of forced arbitration clauses for employment and consumer cases. For more information about the injustices of forced arbitration, check out my previous post with a link to a fabulous New York Times article on the subject. Justice Antonin Scalia was in large part responsible for the recent decisions permitting employers and businesses to force people into private arbitration, thereby taking away their right to have their legal claims heard in court and by a jury. With his passing, there are some indications that with the right justice nominated to replace Scalia, there may be a chance that these disastrous decisions could be reversed. The Huffington Post has a blog post suggesting that there may yet be hope based on comments by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I will keep you posted on any developments that might affect this very important issue. In the meantime, it is important for everyone to keep in mind that elections have consequences on many fronts, including the Supreme Court. The next President (assuming that Republicans do in fact block President Obama's constitutional obligation to nominate a Supreme Court Justice to replace Scalia, as they have threatened to do) will likely appoint two or three justices during his or her term that could change the course of our justice system in profound and important ways. Stay tuned! If you are the victim of unlawful conduct by your employer, and you have signed a forced arbitration agreement, contact the Khadder Law Firm today to speak with a labor and employment attorney about your rights....

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02 Nov Employment Arbitration Agreements: Taking away your day in Court

Did you know that employers can require you to sign an employment arbitration agreement that takes away your ability to sue them in court? Learn more about the injustice of mandatory employment arbitration agreements by reading this excellent article from the New York Times. If you are the victim of unlawful conduct by your employer, and you have signed a forced arbitration agreement, contact the Khadder Law Firm today to speak with a labor and employment attorney about your rights....

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16 Jul Retaliation for Requesting an Accommodation at Work

You might be surprised to learn that until today, retaliation for requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability or religious belief was not expressly unlawful. According to the California Court of Appeals in Rope v. Auto-Clor System of Washington, Inc. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 635 (2013), California law did not provide that a request for accommodation, by itself, could support a claim for retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"). This despite the fact that it was, and is, unlawful for an employer to refuse to accommodate an employee's disability or religious belief. Personally, I have always disagreed with the decision in the Rope case. I believe that the FEHA has always provided protection against retaliation for requesting an accommodation. Fortunately, the California legislature and Governor agree. And on July 16, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law AB 987, which is intended to "make clear" that requesting a reasonable accommodation is protected activity. Accordingly, it is unlawful to retaliate against an employee for requesting an accommodation for a disability or religious belief. If you have experienced retaliation for requesting a reasonable accommodation from your employer, you should speak with a labor and employment lawyer right away. Contact the Khadder Law Firm today for a free initial consultation.  ...

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24 Jun Companies see benefits to raising minimum wage for employees

The recent push to raise the minimum wage of workers throughout the country might be starting to get traction with major businesses. This article, about Ikea's decision to raise wages, is a good example of how raising the minimum wage for employees can be beneficial to businesses. Of course, not all businesses will see these benefits. Some in fact continue to pay employees even less than the minimum wage required by law. If your employer fails to pay you the minimum wage or overtime wages, you may have a right to compensation in the form of damages and penalties. A labor and employment lawyer can help you determine whether you have such wage claims. If you think you have been deprived of minimum wages, overtime wages, meal and rest breaks, or other wage and hour requirements, contact the Khadder Law Firm today for a free consultation....

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02 Apr Article regarding bill to treat workers as independent contractors.

I am pleased to announce that an article I authored has been published on the California Employment Lawyers Association (“CELA”) Voice Web site. The article is about a new bill that has been introduced to classify as independent contractors those workers who have been convicted as non-violent substance abuse offenders. CELA Voice is a wonderful project by CELA that seeks to give voice to issues of importance of California employees. Please take a moment to read my article, and the many other wonderful and informative articles found at CELA Voice....

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