Jun 24, 2019 Briefing Room

Sheriff’s Sergeant Not Entitled To An Administrative Appeal For Release From Probationary Promotion

On November 1, 2015, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Department) promoted Thomas Conger from sergeant to lieutenant, subject to a six-month probation period. A few months later, the Department informed Conger that he was under investigation for events occurring before his promotion. Shortly thereafter, the Department relieved Conger of duty, placed him on administrative leave, and extended his probationary period indefinitely due to his “relieved of duty” status.

Jun 24, 2019 Briefing Room

School District Gets Employee’s Harassment And Retaliation Claims Dismissed

Aurora Le Mere began working as a teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District (“LAUSD”) in 2002. While working at LAUSD, Le Mere filed numerous claims and complaints. Le Mere filed two workers’ compensation claims and at least two administrative complaints alleging that LAUSD violated provisions of the Education Code. In 2007, Le Mere filed a civil action against LAUSD and two individuals for discrimination, retaliation, and civil rights violations. In 2015, Le Mere filed a second civil action against LAUSD and six individuals alleging that she had endured a pattern of continued harassment, intimidation, discrimination, hostility, and retaliation following her various complaints.

Jun 24, 2019 Briefing Room

U.S. Supreme Court Concludes That County Forfeited Its Late Objection That An EEOC Complaint Failed To Reference A Protected Status In A Title VII Action

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Title VII requires an employee to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or a state’s fair employment agency before commencing a Title VII action in court. Once the EEOC receives a complaint, it notifies the employer and investigates the allegations. The EEOC may then resolve the complaint through informal conciliation or may sue the employer. If the EEOC chooses not to sue, it issues a right-to-sue notice, which allows the employee to initiate a lawsuit. An employee must have this right-to-sue notice before initiating a lawsuit.

Jun 24, 2019 Briefing Room

Bonus Payments For Consultant’s Additional Work Were Not Pensionable

Dr. Robert Paxton is a medical consultant-psychiatrist for the Department of Social Services (“DSS”) who reviews claims of disabled Californians seeking federal Social Security Benefits. Dr. Paxton and other consultants who do this work are expected to be at work for certain hours and must work 40 hours per week, but otherwise have flexibility in their schedules.

Jun 19, 2019 Press Release

Megan Atkinson Named 2019 Southern California Rising Star

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is pleased to announce that associate Megan Atkinson has been selected as a “2019 Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Megan was selected in the Employment Litigation: Defense category. 

Jun 18, 2019 Blog Posts
Third Party Independent Contractor Agreements Do Not Guarantee Protection from CalPERS Membership

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