Entries by Peder

Settlement with California’s Employment Development Department Requires Immediate Payments to Hundreds of Thousands of Unemployed Californians

EDD agrees to sweeping changes in how it handles continuing unemployment insurance claims July 23, 2021 – In a groundbreaking settlement negotiated by Altshuler Berzon LLP on behalf of the Center for Workers’ Rights, California’s Employment Development Department has agreed to make significant changes in how it processes unemployment insurance claims and to immediately pay […]

Court Refuses to Toss Case Against McDonald’s for Sexual Harassment at 100 Corporate Operated Restaurants in Florida

July 20, 2021 – In April 2020, Altshuler Berzon LLP, with co-counsel, filed a putative class action lawsuit against McDonald’s, on behalf of all women who work at McDonald’s corporate owned and operated restaurants in Florida.  The lawsuit, Fairley et al. v. McDonald’s Corp., et al.,  alleges a pattern of unchecked sexual harassment at 100 restaurants […]

California Supreme Court Rules that Meal and Rest Period Premium Pay Must Include All Forms of Nondiscretionary Compensation

In a significant victory for California workers, the California Supreme Court ruled on July 15, 2021, in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC, that the premium pay owed to an employee who does not receive a legally compliant meal or rest period is calculated by incorporating all forms of nondiscretionary compensation owed to the employee. Labor […]

Former Altshuler Berzon LLP Attorney Nominated to Ninth Circuit

Jennifer Sung to be the third former Altshuler Berzon attorney tapped for the federal bench June 30, 2021 – The White House this morning announced the nomination of labor law attorney Jennifer Sung to the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Sung, who has been a member of the Oregon Employment […]

Federal District Court Issues Preliminary Injunction in Unemployment Insurance Class Action Against Bank of America

San Francisco – June 1, 2021  Judge Vince Chhabria (N.D. Cal.) today issued a groundbreaking preliminary injunction order in nine consolidated class action cases against Bank of America, in which Altshuler Berzon LLP serves as interim lead co-counsel. In Yick v. Bank of America, N.A., plaintiffs contend that the Bank violated the rights of hundreds […]

Court Certifies Class of Thousands of Google Women Employees in Equal Pay Act and Unfair Competition Law Case: Ellis et al. v. Google, LLC

On May 27, 2021, the San Francisco County Superior Court certified a class of over 10,800 women who were employed by Google, LLC, in California since September 14, 2013, in certain jobs covered by the lawsuit.  The court found that plaintiffs have presented common evidence from which a finder of fact could reasonably find that (1) […]

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2021 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2021 Summer Associates: Amanda Le (University of California, Irvine School of Law), Andrew Toney-Noland (Stanford Law School), Edgar Melgar (Yale Law School), Isaac Green (Harvard Law School), Michael Migiel-Schwartz (Harvard Law School), Nina Oishi (Yale Law School), and Simon Jacobs (University of Chicago Law School). The law […]

Altshuler Berzon LLP Launches Law Fellow Program

Altshuler Berzon LLP is launching a Law Fellow Program and is inviting applications for fellowships that will begin in the fall of 2021. The firm welcomes applicants who are recent law school graduates interested in a one-year position that will involve them in the diverse practice of the firm. Fellows can expect to work on […]

Ninth Circuit Reverses Preliminary Injunction Preventing State from Enforcing Assembly Bill 5’s Worker Misclassification Test Against Trucking Companies

On April 28, 2021, the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in California Trucking Association v. Bonta, which reversed a preliminary injunction preventing the State of California from enforcing Assembly Bill 5’s “ABC” test against trucking companies.  Under that test, a worker is presumed to be an employee unless the employer can establish all three of […]

Ninth Circuit Reverses NLRB Decision Denying Protection to Worker Sexual Harassment Protests

On April 28, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in SEIU Local 87 v. NLRB (Preferred Building Services), reversing a decision by the National Labor Relations Board that had upheld the firings of workers who had protested sexual harassment and other intolerable working conditions outside an office tower. The underlying […]