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Santa Clara County Bar Association Andrew H. Friedman Presents At The Annual Employment Law Update

Andrew H. Friedman Presents The Annual Employment Law Update To The Santa Clara County Bar Association

San Jose, CA – Andrew H. Friedman presented the annual employment law update to the Santa Clara County Bar Association in San Jose, California along with (a likeness of) Tony Oncide of Proskauer Rose.

January 11th, 2018|Andrew Friedman, employment law|Comments Off on Santa Clara County Bar Association Andrew H. Friedman Presents At The Annual Employment Law Update

Andrew H. Friedman Invited To Speak in 2018 Before Labor and Employment Law Organizations

Andrew H. Friedman Invited To Speak in 2018 Before The Labor and Employment Law Sections of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, The Santa Clara County Bar Association, and that Los Angeles County Bar Association

Los Angeles, CA – Recognizing the value of their decade-long collaboration to educate the bar regarding on-going developments in employment law, three bar associations have already invited Andrew H. Friedman (of Helmer Friedman LLP) and Tony Oncidi (of Proskauer Rose LLP) to reprise their annual employment law update.

On January 11, 2018, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Oncidi will present their annual employment law update to the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in San Jose, California.

On January 30, 2018, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Oncidi will present their annual employment law update to the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association in Beverly Hills, California.

On March 15, 2018, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Oncidi will present their annual employment law update to the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in Los Angeles, California.

As soon as these events are listed on the foregoing bar associations’ websites, this page will be updated so that those interested can register to attend these events.

November 20th, 2017|Andrew Friedman, employment law, speaking engagements|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman Invited To Speak in 2018 Before Labor and Employment Law Organizations

11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference – American Bar Association – Andrew H. Friedman

Andrew H. Friedman Speaks at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Washington, D.C. – On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Andrew H. Friedman spoke at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Mr. Friedman, joined by Daniel Engelstein (of Levy Ratner, P.C., New York, NY), Stephanie Padilla (of Johns Manville, Denver, CO), and
Dayna E. Underhill (of Holland & Knight LLP, Portland, OR) spoke on “Ethics Issues in Handling the Dissolution of Firms.” Their panel discussion explored the many questions that arise upon the breakup of a firm. They examined the Model Rules and discussed best practices against the turbulent backdrop that can occur with firm dissolution answering questions such as:

  • Who keeps the clients?
  • What are the rights of the clients to information?
  • How will work best be transferred from one firm to another?
  • What information should a lawyer who has played a principal role in representation provide open departing; and when should it be provided?
  • What conflicts of interest are present?

This panel discussion reprised a similar discussion that Mr. Friedman and Ms. Underhill presented in March 2017 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the Midwinter Meeting of American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee.

November 11th, 2017|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference – American Bar Association – Andrew H. Friedman

Andrew Friedman – Employment Round Table Southern California Annual Conference & Awards

Andrew H. Friedman Speaks At Employment Round Table Of Southern California Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon

2017 Employment Round Table of Southern California.Los Angeles, CA – The Employment Round Table Of Southern California (“ERTSC”) held its Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los
Angeles. Along with invited speakers Deputy Los Angeles Mayoy Brenda Shockley, Director Kevin Kish of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Anna Park (Regional Attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), Phuong Do (Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board), and Jennifer Deines (Special Policy Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division), Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman LLP also spoke. Along with Tony Oncidi of Proskauer Rose LLP, Mr. Friedman reprised an annual update on the most important employment laws, regulations and cases of 2017.

November 9th, 2017|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on Andrew Friedman – Employment Round Table Southern California Annual Conference & Awards

Professionals In Human Resources Assoc. Andrew H. Friedman Speaks to Burbank/Glendale Chapter

Andrew H. Friedman Speaks To The Burbank/Glendale Chapter of the Professionals In Human Resources Association

Burbank/Glendale, CA – October 24, 2017, Andrew H. Friedman speaks on a panel entitled “How Did We Get Here: A Panel of Plaintiff’s Lawyers Provide Insights Into What Motivates an Employee to Call a Lawyer and How HR Can Manage That Risk” to the Burbank/Glendale Chapter of the Professionals In Human Resources. Mr. Friedman spoke along with Marilyn Monahan, Terea McQueen, Lisa Make, and Gary S. Nellis.

October 24th, 2017|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on Professionals In Human Resources Assoc. Andrew H. Friedman Speaks to Burbank/Glendale Chapter

California Employment Lawyers Association’s 30th Annual Employment Law Conference

Andrew H. Friedman Speaks at the California Employment Lawyers Association’s 30th Annual Employment Law Conference

Oakland, CA – Andrew H. Friedman reprised his annual employment law update for the California Employment Lawyers Association at its 30th Annual Employment Law Conference in Oakland, California on Saturday, October 21st along with Ramit Mizrahi of Mizrahi Law.

October 21st, 2017|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on California Employment Lawyers Association’s 30th Annual Employment Law Conference

Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience and Their Owner, Talaat Captan, File Motion To Force “Jane Doe” To Reveal Her Identity

Los Angeles, CA – October 18, 2017 – Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience and Their Owner, Talaat Captan, filed a Motion To Strike with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in an effort to force the woman suing them for sexual harassment to reveal her identify. The plaintiff, identified in court papers as “Jane Doe,” had filed her lawsuit under a pseudonym to preserve her identity and protect herself from retaliation. Commenting on the filing, Ms. Doe’s attorney, Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman LLP said: “I am at a complete loss as to why Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, and Talaat Captan have filed this motion. Victims of sexual harassment are routinely allowed to file lawsuits under the “Jane Doe” pseudonym and this case is not different. The defendants know “Jane Doe’s” true identity, they have deposed several witnesses in the case using her true name in the depositions and they are scheduled to depose Ms. Doe in the very near future. I can’t think of a legitimate reason for defendants to have filed this motion and I certainly hope that it is not an attempt to “out” “Jane Doe” in the hopes that the fear of “victim shaming” or “victim blaming” will dissuade her from pursuing her sexual harassment claims against them. We will vigorously oppose this motion.” A copy of defendants’ Motion To Strike can be found here.

October 18th, 2017|employment law|Comments Off on Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience and Their Owner, Talaat Captan, File Motion To Force “Jane Doe” To Reveal Her Identity

Courtney Abrams Quoted In Forbes and Variety Regarding Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein

As The Weinstein Company faces potential legal jeopardy in the wake of a New York Times expose detailing sexual harassment claims against co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, Forbes and Variety have reached out to Helmer Friedman LLP attorney Courtney Abrams for commentary and analysis.

 

You can read Courtney’s quotes in Forbes at https://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2017/10/06/will-hollywood-forgive-harvey-weinstein/#11fb7c4a65b6 and in Variety at http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/harvey-weinstein-scandal-weinstein-company-legal-fallout-harassment-1202582238/

October 6th, 2017|employment law|Comments Off on Courtney Abrams Quoted In Forbes and Variety Regarding Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein

Air Hollywood, The Pam Am Experience, Talaat Captan Sued Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience – World’s Largest Aviation themed Entertainment Studio – and Their Owner, Talaant Captan, Sued For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Lawsuit Alleges That Defendant Talaat Captan Views His Female Employees And Customers As Sex Objects Who Are, Or Should Be, Available On Demand To Satisfy His Sexual Needs And That He Coerces His Young Female Employees To Participate In “After Hours” Pornography Shoots On Work Premises Where Disney, WB, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC-Universal, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Netflix, Hulu, FX, and Amazon Studios Shoot Shows Like Bridesmaids, Super Girl, Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, and Blackish

Nationally-known plaintiffs’ employment rights law firm Helmer Friedman LLP, announced today that Jane Doe has sued Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, and Talaat Captan for sexual harassment and retaliation.

The lawsuit, Doe v. Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, and Talaat Captan (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC675633), alleges that Air Hollywood/The Pan Am Experience is a seething cesspool of sexual harassment in which the owner, Defendant Captan, views his female employees and customers as sex objects who are, or should be, available on demand to satisfy his sexual needs and desires. Indeed, the lawsuit alleges that Defendant Captan tells his female employees that they are “objects” that he “owns” and he refers to them by sexually degrading epithets including by calling them “sluts,” “whores,” and “bitches.”  Consistent with his negative view of women as being subservient to men, Defendant Captan pays female employees less than male employees for equal work, the lawsuit alleges.

California law is clear: it is not only illegal for employers to engage in sexual harassment but it is also illegal for employers to fire, demote or otherwise retaliate against an employee because she complains about discrimination and harassment.

According to the lawsuit, Defendant Captan coerces his female employees to participate in “after hours” pornography shoots on work premises, that he incessantly talks about his desire (or lack thereof) to “fuck” them or “jack off” to them, that he leers at his female employees and customers from “head-to-toe” as he “checks them out,” makes comments about their bodies (whether he deems them to be too fat and/or their breasts and buttocks to be too small or large), and that he loudly expresses his opinions about the types of food that they eat and whether he thinks they need to work out.

The lawsuit further alleges that Defendant Captan’s sexually inappropriate conduct is so egregious that Air Hollywood’s Chief Revenue Officer, Robert Shalhoub, has admitted to several of Defendant Captan’s victims that Defendant Captan is like Donald J. Trump in his derogatory attitudes about and toward women.

When Ms. Doe complained to him about his sexually inappropriate behavior and asked him to stop, the lawsuit alleges, Defendant Captan retaliated against her and constructively fired her.

Finally, the lawsuit alleges that, in addition to sexual harassment, Defendants Captan and Air Hollywood also engaged in rampant wage theft and other illegal wage and hour practices including not providing Ms. Doe – a non-exempt employee (who neither supervised anyone nor regularly exercised discretion or independent judgment) and other non-exempt employees – with rest periods, and often cut short Ms. Doe’s and the other non-exempt employees’ meal periods and/or forced these employees to forgo them entirely.  Ms. Doe is not the only employee to allege wage and hour violations by Air Hollywood – recently the California Labor Commissioner’s Office found that the Company misclassified an employee as an independent contractor and failed to pay him overtime wages. A copy of that DLSE Decision can be seen here.

Ms. Doe is represented by Helmer Friedman, LLP a Beverly Hills, California law firm that represents employees and other individuals seeking to assert their rights.  Although Helmer Friedman LLP is primarily known for representing employees, the law firm also represents consumers in virtually all types of cases against companies including taking on complex appellate matters. Indeed, earlier this year the firm obtained a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit against Fannie Mae.

Ms. Doe’s attorney, Courtney Abrams stated, “California law is clear: it is not only illegal for employers to engage in sexual harassment but it is also illegal for employers to fire, demote or otherwise retaliate against an employee because she complains about discrimination and harassment. Likewise, unless an employee falls within very limited exceptions, California wage and hour law requires that the employer pay overtime to employees working more than 8 hours a day and/or 40 hours per week.”

Current and former employees of Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience who wish to report their work experiences or learn more about the lawsuit should visit http://www.HelmerFriedman.com/contact/.  This webpage will allow witnesses and employees interested in protecting their rights to contact counsel for Ms. Doe.

For more information, please contact Andrew H. Friedmanafriedman@helmerfriedman.com – or Courtney Abramscabrams@helmerfriedman.com – at 310-396-7714.  Similarly, if you are a witness or have information that would be relevant to Ms. Doe’s claims please contact Mr. Friedman and/or Ms. Abrams.

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September 14th, 2017|Front Page News, retaliation, sexual harassment|Comments Off on Air Hollywood, The Pam Am Experience, Talaat Captan Sued Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

OneLegacy Sued For Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Wage & Hour Violations

OneLegacy – Largest Organ Procurement Organization In The U.S. – Sued For Race Discrimination & Harassment, Retaliation, And Wage And Hour Violations

Courtney Abrams of the nationally-known plaintiffs’ employment rights law firm Helmer Friedman LLP, announced today that Melissa LeGree has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against OneLegacy – the largest organ procurement organization in the United States, earning in excess of $100 million per year.

The lawsuit, LeGree v. OneLegacy, OneLegacy Foundation, and Cynthia Perley (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC674748), alleges that OneLegacy not only routinely discriminates against and harasses its minority employees and retaliates against them when they dare to complain but also that the Company deprives employees of overtime pay and engages in other unlawful wage and hour practices. In her lawsuit, Ms. LeGree – a long-term employee with glowing performance evaluations – alleges that, because she complained about systematic race discrimination and harassment at the hands of OneLegacy’s new Chief Financial Officer, defendant Cynthia Perley, the Company demoted Ms. LeGree in an effort to force her to resign.

Ms. LeGree is represented by Helmer Friedman, LLP a Beverly Hills, California law firm that represents employees and other individuals seeking to assert their rights.  Ms. LeGree’s attorney, Courtney Abrams stated, “California law is clear, it is illegal for employers to fire, demote or otherwise retaliate against an employee because she complains about discrimination and harassment. Likewise, unless an employee falls within very limited exceptions, California wage and hour law requires that the employer pay overtime to employees working more than 8 hours a day and/or 40 hours per week.

Current and former employees of OneLegacy who wish to report their work experiences or learn more about the lawsuit should visit http://www.HelmerFriedman.com/contact/. The webpage allows witnesses and employees interested in protecting their rights to contact counsel for Ms. LeGree.

For more information, please contact Andrew Friedman or Courtney Abrams at 310-396-7714.  Similarly, if you are a witness or have information that would be relevant to Ms. LeGree’s claims please contact Mr. Friedman and/or Ms. Abrams.

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September 6th, 2017|employment law, Front Page News, race discrimination, retaliation, Wage & Hour Violations|Comments Off on OneLegacy Sued For Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Wage & Hour Violations