In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru , the United States Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment’s “religion clauses” bar courts from even deciding the job bias claims of two teachers who performed “vital religious duties” at Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Partner Matt Wakefield successfully defended one of the largest hospitality employers against numerous allegations of unfair labor practices, culminating in a precedential National Labor Relations Board decision, Interstate Management Co., LLC, 369 NLRB No. 84 (May 20, 2020). The case began at a Residence Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In September 2017, the Residence…

John B. Golper and John J. Manier represented an employer which won a major victory over the National Labor Relations Board in the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. In Windsor Redding Care Center, LLC v. NLRB, 944 F.3d 294 (D.C. Cir. 2019), the D.C. Circuit overturned the Board’s ruling that the Firm’s client, which operates a skilled nursing facility, wrongfully discharged one of its nurses in violation of federal labor law.

On October 18, 2019, Linda Miller Savitt and Philip L. Reznik obtained a defense verdict in Edward Jordan and De’Wana Hubbard v. City of Los Angeles, a retaliation case under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

John Golper , Elsa Bañuelos, and John Manier successfully argued a motion for summary adjudication in San Bernardino Superior Court. The Firm’s client was sued by a former employee who was terminated for numerous violations of the company’s attendance policy. The plaintiff asserted claims for racial discrimination, wrongful termination, racial harassment, and failure to prevent…

John Golper, John Manier, James Demerjian, and Stephanie Kantor obtained a tremendous result in favor of one of the firm’s clients. They represented an employer in a wrongful termination lawsuit against a longtime employee who sued claiming that he was terminated due to a disability. Before the employee filed his lawsuit, but after he filed…

Partner Jeffrey Fuchsman and Senior Counsel John Manier represented the employer in a class action before the California Court of Appeal in AHMC Healthcare, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 24 Cal. App. 5th 1014. This is a time clock rounding case. The Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the firm’s client, and held that…

Senior counsel David J. Fishman and associate Janet S. Soultanian successfully argued against an outside salesperson claiming unpaid wages pursuant to a written contract, waiting time penalties, liquidated and interest amounting to over $4,000 in a claim filed with the California Labor Commissioner against her former employer, a pharmacy. She recalled she worked 8 hours…

Partner Matt Wakefield won a successful arbitration award on behalf of a major Southern California resort. The resort had discharged a restaurant server for theft when management found that he added an 18% service charge to two guest checks, after the guests signed their checks and drew a line through the space where a gratuity…

On May 22, 2017, Linda Hurevitz and Zareh Jaltorossian won summary adjudication on behalf of a hospital in a case alleging claims for age and disability discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, and misclassification/failure to pay overtime.  The court granted summary adjudication as to the plaintiff’s age-based claims, retaliation, breach of contract, failure to pay…

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