Sutter Health to pay $90 Million to Settle Medicare whistleblower, false claims civil lawsuit

Sutter Health will pay $90 million to settle a whistleblower civil lawsuit accusing the company of knowingly submitting wrong or inaccurate diagnosis codes for some federal Medicare payments. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the agreement with the Sacramento-based hospital operator and its affiliates on Monday in a San Francisco federal court. The lawsuit — United States ex rel. Ormsby, … Read More

Why Would Anyone in California Want to be a Whistleblower?

California whistleblowers are on the frontlines in the fight against corruption, but it takes an enormous amount of courage to step forward and report a crime against an employer, business or government. These brave insiders, whether they are employees, suppliers, customers or even competitors, provide valuable information that may not otherwise be known. It may be a life-altering decision to … Read More

Teenage Girls Sue Fast Food Chains for Sexual Harassment

Teenage fast food workers are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment by co-workers or supervisors. Some of the top complaints include unwanted sexual advances, retaliation, unwanted groping or physical touching, lurid comments, and quid pro quo sex advances. Indeed, some 40 percent of all female fast-food workers including teens reported sexual harassment on the job, according to the Washington, D.C. firm … Read More

Fairbanks Ranch Country Club operator settles sexual harassment lawsuit

SAN DIEGO – The Bay Club Company, which operates 24 resort-style athletic facilities and country clubs, will pay $500,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by their employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the company agreed to the settlement after some of its female workers made these accusations against the company. The Bay Club … Read More

5 Types of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

The Employment Law division of Johnson Attorneys Group compiled the top 5 workplace discrimination and harassment claims filed in California to help answer questions you may have.  Sexual harassment Workers of all genders, ages and ethnicities may become a victim of workplace harassment. However, oftentimes they don’t speak up because they fear losing their jobs or future advancement. Prior to … Read More

Polly’s Pies Waitress Server Files Class-action Lawsuit for Wage Theft

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 15, 2021) – A former Polly’s Pies Inc. server alleges the restaurant chain failed to pay her for all the hours she worked including overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, and she was ordered to work off the clock. The server filed a class-action lawsuit last Thursday inLos Angeles Superior Court. The restaurant chain allegedly violated … Read More

Wage theft: Amazon’s third-party drivers owed wages

Hundreds of California drivers, who missed meal and bathroom breaks in order to meet intense deadlines for Amazon package deliveries, will now get compensated for wage theft. Some 718 contracted drivers who delivered packages for Amazon customers in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, will be paid for those lost wages. The news comes after state investigators say the … Read More

Google to Pay $2.6 Million to Settle Discrimination, Salary Lawsuit

Google has built a reputation for spoiling its employees, but a discrimination lawsuit calls the company’s treatment of employees into question. On top of fat paychecks, employees enjoy free food at various onsite cafes, cooking classes, decompression capsules to take a nap, massages, and various other sought-after perks. However, not all of Google’s employees were feeling the love from the … Read More

Nurses Hailed as Heroes Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, but Feel Disrespected

Healthcare and nursing staff at California hospitals and other facilities are called heroes in the community, but some certainly don’t feel that way on the job. Many have reported being mistreated and disrespected by their employers. These frontline workers often sacrifice their own health and many have died. Yet some of their employers are not stepping up to support them … Read More

Benihana Sued by Employees Over Misuse of Tips, Sexual Harassment, at Torrance Restaurant

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2020) – More than a dozen servers employed by Benihana restaurant in Torrance filed a lawsuit this month citing various Labor Code violations against the Japanese steakhouse chain. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit stated they brought their complaints to management and human resources, but the issues were never resolved by the company. The restaurant chain employees … Read More

Luis Escobar Dies in Construction Accident at the SoFi Stadium Development

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Luis Escobar is the third construction worker to die while on the job at SoFi Stadium Development. The Inglewood resident was crushed to death by a crane as he worked at the retail portion of the site near the Century/Prairie intersection.  Escobar, 34, of Inglewood, a member of Ironworkers Local 433, was identified by the LA County … Read More

Del Taco Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $1.2 Million

Young women working at the Del Taco fast-food chain won a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Orange County-based restaurant company. The $1,250,000 settlement also includes agreements on Del Taco’s part to follow protocols to prevent workplace harassment and retaliation. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against … Read More