Apr 19, 2019 Fire Watch

LCW Leads County to Victory in POBR Case

In a case handled by LCW Partner Jesse Maddox, the California Court of Appeal dismissed a case a district attorney’s investigator brought against a county for violation of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (“POBR”).

Apr 19, 2019 Fire Watch

Fire Protection District Violated MMBA When It Denied Represented Employees Longevity Differential

The Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) found that a County Fire Protection District violated the Meyer-Milias Brown Act (“MMBA”) when it granted unrepresented employees a longevity differential but denied the benefit to employees represented by the union.

Apr 19, 2019 Fire Watch

County Violated MMBA by Removing Leadership Duties from Hospital Division Chief

Jeffrey Reese began working for the County of Santa Clara as a urologist in 1990. In 1996, Reese began serving as the division chief of urology in the surgery department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (“SCVMC”), a County hospital. Reese reported to Gregg Adams, the chair of the surgery department.

Apr 19, 2019 Fire Watch

Ninth Circuit to Reconsider “Factor Other than Sex” Exception to EPA After Judge Dies Before Opinion Filed

Aileen Rizo worked as a math consultant with the Fresno County public schools. Rizo sued, alleging that the County violated the U.S. Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) and other laws by paying her less than her male colleague for the same work.

Apr 19, 2019 Fire Watch

Statements Made During Internal Investigation Were Protected Under Anti-SLAPP Statute, But University’s Decision to Investigate Was Not

Dr. Jason Laker is a professor at San Jose State University. A student told Dr. Laker that the then-Chair of his department sexually and racially harassed her. The student brought a formal Title IX complaint against the Chair, and after investigation, the University sustained the charges against the Chair. The University disciplined the Chair, and later, the University announced it was looking into how the matter was handled.

Apr 17, 2019 Published Articles

Nepotism Investigations Spur Questions for California State Workers: Where is it Happening?

Gage Dungy Quoted in The Sacramento Bee

On April 15th, The Sacramento Bee published an article covering nepotism in California government.