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Service Employees International Union, Drivers, and Consumer File Constitutional Challenge to Proposition 22 in California Supreme Court

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”), SEIU California, three drivers, and a consumer filed a constitutional challenge to Proposition 22, the November 2020 ballot measure that purported to exempt, from California’s labor and employment protections, drivers who work for transportation and delivery companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart.  These […]

Court Rejects Hollywood Talent Agency’s Motion to Enjoin Writers Guilds’ Collective Action to Protect Members’ Right to Unconflicted Agent Representation

On December 30, 2020, the Central District of California rejected an attempt by talent agency William Morris Endeavor (“WME”) to preliminarily enjoin the campaign by Writers Guild of America, West and Writers Guild of America, East (“the Guilds”) to eliminate talent agencies’ conflicts of interest.  WME sought to enjoin the Guilds from enforcing a talent […]

McDonald’s Worker Files Lawsuit Alleging Retaliation for Raising COVID-19 Safety Concerns

On October 16, 2020, Maria Ruiz filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court alleging that she was unlawfully fired in retaliation for reporting and protesting unsafe conditions—including failure to provide masks and handwashing supplies and to enforce social distancing—at her corporate-owned McDonald’s store located at 2040 N. First Street, San Jose, […]

Black Workers File Lawsuits Alleging Racial Discrimination by McDonald’s and Retaliation for Speaking Out

On October 13, 2020, Black workers at a corporate-owned and operated McDonald’s restaurant located in Lakeland, Florida, filed an amended complaint alleging that they were fired for filing an earlier civil rights lawsuit against McDonald’s in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Plaintiffs Monica Scott and Augusta Moody alleged that McDonald’s used […]

Ninth Circuit Rejects Post-Janus Challenge to Public Sector Union Membership Agreements

September 16, 2020.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a published decision in Belgau v. Inslee, No. 19-35137, rejecting claims by former union members, represented by a conservative advocacy organization, who alleged that their First Amendment rights were violated when their state employer deducted union membership dues that the plaintiffs themselves had agreed […]

Update on Lawsuit by Georgia Governor Against Atlanta Mayor Regarding Face Covering Mandates

On August 13, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia withdrew his lawsuit challenging the City of Atlanta’s face covering mandate.  Following the withdrawal of the lawsuit and the Governor’s issuance of an executive order expressly permitting local jurisdictions to require masks in public, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that multiple cities and counties were considering the […]

Workers Win Preliminary Injunction Requiring Oakland McDonald’s Restaurant to Comply with COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

On August 13, 2020, the Alameda County Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction requiring an Oakland McDonald’s restaurant to comply with 11 COVID-19 health and safety measures.  In the lawsuit, McDonald’s workers represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP allege that the restaurant’s inadequate health and safety practices, including requiring workers to work while sick and not […]