LCW Named a Best Law Firm for Female Attorneys

Los Angeles, CA – On May 28, 2018, Law360 published their annual Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys list that surveyed more than 300 law firms across the United States. We are proud to announce Liebert Cassidy Whitmore was ranked in the #3 spot in law firms of comparable size. This is the third year in a row that LCW has ranked within the top four spots on this list.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

Agency’s Interviews of Police Officers Were Protected Activities and Did Not Violate POBRA

The California Court of Appeal found that a government entity’s interviews of police officers and denial of their requests for representation, were legally protected activities and did not violate the Public Safety Officer’s Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBRA) because:  (1) the interviews were held pursuant to a statutory directive; and (2) the officers themselves were not the targets of the investigation nor subject to discipline.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

Employer Violated the FEHA by Falsely Informing a Pregnant Job Candidate That No Positions Were Available

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) prohibits an employer from discouraging a pregnant candidate from applying for a job by falsely informing her that no employment opportunities are available.  Doing so is unlawful pregnancy discrimination, even if the employee does not actually apply for the position or seek similar employment elsewhere.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

Employee’s Lawsuit Survived Summary Judgment Because Non-Renewal of Employee’s Contract Occurred Very Soon After Whistleblowing

Carl Taswell was a licensed doctor certified in nuclear medicine. In December 2011, Dr. Scott Goodwin, chair of the UC Irvine radiology department, offered Taswell a position as nuclear medicine physician, and hired him as an Academic Appointee Specialist with a commitment that the UC would eventually grant him a clinical professorship. In this role, Taswell was responsible for controlling the safety, technical, and medical aspects of brain imaging procedures at the UC brain imaging center. He was responsible for ensuring that the brain imaging center operated safely, that appropriate documentation was gathered, and that the center complied with applicable government standards.

Jun 11, 2018

Consortium Call of the Month

Members of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s employment relations consortiums may call or email a LCW attorney free of charge regarding questions: that are not related to ongoing legal matters that LCW is handling for the agency; or that do not require in-depth research, document review, or written opinions. Consortium call questions run the gamut of topics, from leaves of absence to employment applications, disciplinary concerns to disability accommodations, labor relations issues and more. This feature describes an interesting consortium call and our answer. We will protect the confidentiality of client communications with LCW attorneys by changing or omitting identifying details.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

Probationary Employee Did Not Hold Property Interest in Employment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that when the applicable civil service rules and charter plainly state that a public employee does not have a property interest in a probationary position, termination of the employee does not violate his due process rights.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

Section 1090’s Prohibition On Conflicts Of Interest Applies To Independent Contractors

Karen Christiansen was employed as Director of Planning and Facilities for the Beverly Hills Unified School District. In 2006, Christiansen lobbied District officials to change her position from an employee to an independent consultant.  She entered into a new three-year contract with the District, which terminated her status as an employee.  Christiansen then formed and became the sole owner of Strategic Concepts, LLC.