Legal Grind: Low-priced Legal Advice in a Café Setting

By Eugene Lee | 2 Comments

I get a lot of phone calls from clients seeking legal assistance on smaller matters, things that might fall into the small claims court or paralegal category. Some of these matters are also outside of my area, things like wills, health care directives, or real estate deeds. I can’t really refer these clients to other…

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Get Your Personnel File & Payroll Records Now (2018)

By Eugene Lee | 8 Comments

Did you know you have a legal right to inspect and get a copy of your personnel and payroll records? If not, you’re not alone. But more important, what are you waiting for? All employees, former and current, should check their personnel file and payroll records periodically to guard against unfair negative evaluations or warning…

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Thou Shalt Not Send Emails from the Office

By Eugene Lee | 0 Comments

Does your employer have a policy that employees have no property right in their emails? If they’re like most employers, then the answer is probably yes. Then watch out. In New York, a judge ruled that a hospital’s email policy means a doctor’s emails to his lawyers are not protected by attorney-client privilege. Normally, communications…

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House Passes Bill Banning Discrimination of Lesbians, Gays, Bis (but not Transgenders)

By Eugene Lee | 0 Comments

On November 7, 2007, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA,” H.R. 3685), a federal bill which bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The vote was decisive at 235-184. The bill is backed by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, NAACP, ACLU,

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Top 5 Tips: So You Want to Sue Your Boss? (2018)

By Eugene Lee | 13 Comments

So you want to sue your employer for racial discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, failure to pay you your last paycheck, what have you. Now what? Here are five tips all clients should keep in mind before they pick up the phone to call a lawyer. Tip 1: Write it, don’t say it. People think…

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Free Access to Federal Cases

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Want to retrieve the full-text of US Supreme Court and Circuit Court of Appeal cases … for free? Now you can. Services like Westlaw and Lexis charge a lot for this service. But a new service called www.AltLaw.org puts these cases out there where they belong, in the public domain. The service is still in…

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California Labor Dept Org Chart

By Eugene Lee | 3 Comments

Ever wonder where all the various California labor agencies fit in? I’m talking about the Department of Industrial Relations, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the Labor Commissioner, CAL/OSHA, and on and on. No? Well, you just might if you ever need to bring an employment or labor law…

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DLSE: Retaliated Employees Need Not File with State Labor Commissioner

By Eugene Lee | 3 Comments

There has been some confusion among federal and state courts in California as to whether an employee who has been the victim of whistleblower retaliation by their employer (under Cal. Labor Code s. 1102.5) must first file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner (under Cal. Labor Code s. 98.7) before they can proceed with filing…

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Disabled Employee in San Francisco Wins $350K Judgment

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Fellow attorney Richard Vaznaugh reports a unanimous San Francisco jury awarded an employee in a disability discrimination case $150k in lost wages and $200k in non-economic damages. Tania Garcia had worked at the Electrical Industry Service Bureau, Inc. in San Francisco as a data entry clerk when she became disabled due to eczema and started…

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What Does Your Employer Know About You?

By Eugene Lee | 0 Comments

Just found this interesting post on the Consumerist. If you’re interested in knowing what employers know about you when you apply for a job, you should take a look at the following links: EMPLOYMENT HISTORY ChoicePoint (866) 312-8075 CHECK WRITING HISTORY ChexSystems (800) 428-9623 Shared Check Authorization Network (800) 262-7771 Fax: (800) 358-4506 TeleCheck (800)…

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