Case Example: Disability Medical Leave in Los Angeles

Today I want to talk about one of my medical and disability leave cases.

I had a client once who was injured in a car accident, and either needed a few weeks off, or, the ability to work from home. The employer refused both, and summarily fired her, on grounds that she didn’t quality for disability leave.

This is illegal.

After hiring us, we got her an excellent settlement, and she was able to turn her life around. This is just one of the many examples of the medical and disability leave violations that happen.

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Case Example: Pregnancy Leave Discrimination in Los Angeles

Today I want to talk about one of my pregnancy discrimination cases.

I once had a pregnant client who needed more than four months of leave, allowed under California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law. Instead of giving her additional time for her doctor’s note, they callously fired her without warning.

This was devastating to her, and illegal.

After hiring us, she got an excellent settlement and she was very grateful. This is just one of the many types of illegal pregnancy and medical leave violations.

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Disability and Medical Leave at Work in Los Angeles

Today I want to talk about disability and medical leaves at work. Under California law, disability is any serious medical condition and can be temporary, as long as it’s not something trivial like a cold or a sore throat.

Disability and medical leave violations are one of the most common issues we handle such as when an employer fires an employee while they’re on disability, medical or pregnancy leave because:

  • They ran out of FMLA.
  • Don’t qualify for FMLA.
  • Ask for too much time off.
  • Don’t have a set in stone return to work date.
  • The employer says they can’t meet the accommodations request.

In California this is likely illegal if they have five or more employees. A thorough discussion is also required by the employer with the employee to determine if a reasonable accommodation is possible such as time off, change in position, and change in hours. Also – you don’t have to be a hundred percent healed in order to be allowed back to work.

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Sexually Harassed At Work? Here’s What To Do.

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Apprentice Contestant Claiming Sexual Harassment Against Trump Says She Will Dismiss Lawsuit if He Takes Back Calling Her a Liar

Back in October, Summer Zervos sued Donald Trump, claiming that he sexually assaulted and harassed her back in 2007. Zervos was a contestant on Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice around the same time. 

Here is what we know about the alleged claims: 

  1. Zervo set up a meeting with Trump at his office to ask him some professional advice. When Zervos walked in, Trump congratulated her for having the balls to set up a meeting with him and then proceeded to kiss her on the mouth multiple times.
  2. While in LA, Trump asked Zervos to join him for dinner at his hotel. When Zervos arrived, she was taken to his room where he was completely nude.
  3. He began kissing her on the lips again and then touched her breast. 
  4. Trump then grabbed her hand and suggested they “lay down and watch some telly-telly” together.
  5. When Zervos turned down Trump’s offer, he seemed to be angry and began mocking her. 
  6. After the incident, they had dinner together, and Trump conducted business as usual. He then invited her to tour his golf course the next day. 
  7. Zervos arrived at the golf course the following day. Though she was sexually harassed, she still had hopes that Trump would offer her a job within his company. Trump, however, was not present at the golf course the next day. When Zervos called him to tell him she felt like she was being punished for not indulging him, he told her to lose his number. 

Trump denies the allegations made by Zervos and claims that hers is “yet another hoax.” More than a dozen other women have made similar claims since Trump began his presidential campaign to which he also denies, referring to them as unattractive and liars. Zervos is currently seeking compensatory and punitive damages but it willing to dismiss the case if Trump retracts his “defamatory statements” that she is a liar who made this up and acknowledges that Ms. Zervos is indeed telling the truth. This is highly unlikely behavior considering Trump’s stance on sexual harassment and his golf course’s history with sexual harassment.

What do you think about her openly willing to dismiss the lawsuit if Trump retracts his statement about her being a liar? 

*image by Michael Vadon, Flickr

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LA Employment Lawyer Sues Gloria Allred for Poaching his John Travolta Sexual Harassment Client

I often write on popular issues in employment law, but this time the issue is the employment lawyers themselves.  A local Los Angeles employment lawyer who represented one of the masseurs accusing John Travolta of sexual battery/sexual harassment is now suing “famous TV attorney” Gloria Allred.  The lawyer has sued Allred claiming that she poached his John Travolta client while he represented him.  The John Doe client along with another unidentified male is now represented by Allred.

Allred vigorously denies the poaching allegations and has threatened to countersue for defamation.

UPDATE:   L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael Linfield officially dismissed the suit against Allred on June 29.  The Court ruled that since the “claims are premised upon activities protected by the litigation privilege, there is no possibility” of prevailing on this claim.

What do you think of this interesting twist to the John Travolta cases?

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