Feb 25, 2021 Education Matters

Peace Officer’s Termination Upheld For Failing To Complete Police Reports And Dishonesty

LCW Partner Jack Hughes and Associate Attorneys Brian Hoffman and Savana Manglona successfully represented a city in a peace officer’s termination appeal. After completing three internal affairs investigations, the city terminated the officer for failing to properly investigate and write mandatory reports, and for making dishonest statements during an internal affairs investigation.

Feb 25, 2021 Education Matters

LCW Obtains Dismissal Of Three Police Officers’ Claims For CalPERS Retirement Benefits

LCW Partner Jennifer Rosner and Associate Attorney Anni Safarloo successfully represented a city in an action brought by three police officers who disputed their retirement benefits formula based on the city’s contract with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). 

Feb 25, 2021 Education Matters

Labor Relations Oversight Body Grants Agency’s Motion To Dismiss

LCW Partner Adrianna Guzman and Associate Attorney Emanuela Tala obtained a victory for an agency after the agency’s labor relations oversight body dismissed an unfair practice charge filed by an employee organization. 

Feb 25, 2021 Education Matters

Ninth Circuit Addresses How First Amendment Rights Impact An Agency’s Ability To Discipline A Law Enforcement Officer For A Social Media Post

In 2015, an individual shot a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Department).  Department officers later found and arrested that suspect.  Upon seeing news of the suspect’s capture, Charles Moser, a SWAT sniper with the Department, commented the following on a friend’s Facebook post about the shooting: “It’s a shame he [the suspect] didn’t have a few holes in him[.]”  Moser made the comment through his personal Facebook profile while off-duty at home. 

Feb 25, 2021 Education Matters

District Court Improperly Entered Judgment In Favor Of Bank In Harassment Case

Jennifer Christian began working for Umpqua Bank (Umpqua) in 2009 as a Universal Associate.  In late 2013, a customer asked Christian to open a checking account for him.  Afterward, the customer began visiting the bank to drop off notes for Christian.  These notes stated that Christian was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and that he would like to go on a date with her.  Christian and her colleagues began to feel concerned, and Christian told the customer that she was not going to go on a date with him.  However, the behavior continued and the customer eventually sent Christian a long letter.  Christian showed the letter to her manager, a corporate trainer, and other colleagues.  The corporate trainer warned her to be careful.

Feb 25, 2021 Education Matters

Employer May Count All Weeks To Determine FMLA Leave Entitlement For Employees Working “One Week On, One Week Off” Schedules

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) employs “traditional” employees who work a regular 40-hour week with five days on followed by two days off, and “rotational” employees who work a regular schedule of seven days on followed by seven days off.  Both types of employees generally work the same number of hours over the course of a year, and both are generally paid the same amount.