About Staff

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Staff has created 54 blog entries.

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.

View/Download Case Documents:

Media Coverage

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

Attorneys Investigating Whether OneLegacy Impermissibly Sold Organ Tissue & Corneas Overseas To Foreigners For Profit Rather Than Donating Them To Americans

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.

The lawsuit further alleges that OneLegacy, in conspiracy with Donate Life California and the California Department of Motor Vehicles, engages in fraud towards donors and their families by failing to disclose to tens of thousands Californians and other Americans who have signed up to donate, and who already have donated their organs, that OneLegacy sells their tissue and corneas for a profit to foreigners rather than ensuring these donations go for free to Americans, and OneLegacy sells their organs for a profit for research purposes rather than donating the organs.

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.

View/Download Case Documents:

Media Coverage:

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

American Bar Association Selects Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At Its 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference In Washington, D.C.

The Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association has selected Helmer Friedman LLP partner Andrew H. Friedman to speak at the Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. The Conference will take place November 8–11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton.

Also speaking at the conference will be Hon. Victoria A. Lipnic, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Hon. Charlotte A. Burrows, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Hon. Chai R. Feldblum, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Cathy Ventrell-Monsees, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Consuela Pinto, U.S. Department of Labor; Ana Galindo-Marrone, Office of Special Counsel; Juanita C. Hernandez, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; Jeff Rosenblum, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; Derek Baxter, U.S. Department of Labor; Stephanie Jones, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Dan Collopy, National Labor Relations Board; Maria-Kate Dowling, National Mediation Board; Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Philip A. Miscimarra, National Labor Relations Board; Mark Gaston Pearce, National Labor Relations Board; Lauren McFerran, National Labor Relations Board; Hon. Robert Gianassi, National Labor Relations Board; Peter S. Ohr, National Labor Relations Board; Anne Noel Occhialino, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Hon. Paul C. Huck, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami, FL; Megan E. Guenther, U.S. Department of
Labor; Linda Wawzenski, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Joyce Walker-Jones, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Melissa Brand, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Joane Si Ian Wong, National Labor Relations Board; Jo Linda Johnson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security – TSA; Hon. Andrew J. Peck, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York,
New York, NY; Hon. Paul W. Grimm, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Hon. Todd E. Edelman, Superior Court for
the District of Columbia, Washington, DC; Orlando J. Pannocchia, U.S. Department of Labor; and so many more.

For more information about and/or to sign up for this Conference, go to https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/events/labor_law/2017/11/conference/program_brochure.authcheckdam.pdf

August 4th, 2017|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on American Bar Association Selects Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At Its 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference In Washington, D.C.

Law Review Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman Regarding California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The California Labor & Employment Law Review published Andrew H. Friedman’s latest law review article – California’s Anti-SLAPP Act Was Not Intended To Thwart FEHA Claims.  Mr. Friedman’s article summarizes a disturbing trend in which defendant employers and landlords are using California’s anti-SLAPP statute in an effort to defeat employment and housing discrimination cases and persuasively argues that the anti-SLAPP act was not intended to defeat such cases. To read Mr. Friedman’s article, click here.

July 24th, 2017|law review articles|Comments Off on Law Review Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman Regarding California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

Helmer Friedman LLP Selected One Of The Top 20 Employment Lawyers

Expertise.com Selects Helmer Friedman LLP As One Of The Top 20 Employment Lawyers In Los Angeles

Expertise.com, a self-described hub where qualified experts can connect with people to share their knowledge, experience, and skills, has selected Helmer Friedman LLP as one of the top employment law firms in Los Angeles. After looking at 888 employment law firms in Los Angeles and grading them on five factors (reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism), Expertise.com selected Helmer Friedman LLP as one of the top 18 such law firms and awarded the firm the following badge of honor:
Best Employment Lawyers Los Angeles Badge.
To view the rankings, you can visit Expertise.com at https://www.expertise.com/ca/los-angeles/employment-lawyers.

July 1st, 2017|employment law|Comments Off on Helmer Friedman LLP Selected One Of The Top 20 Employment Lawyers

Andrew H. Friedman Speaks California State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Annual Meeting

July 14, 2017 – Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At California State Bar Association’s Labor And Employment Law Section Annual Meeting & Advanced Wage And Hour Conference

The Labor and Employment Law Section of The State Bar of California has selected Andrew H. Friedman to speak at its combined 34th Labor & Employment Law Annual Meeting and 7th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference. The Meeting/Conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 13-14, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency – Los Angeles International Airport. Mr. Friedman will be speaking along with Anthony J. Oncidi of Proskauer Rose LLP on a panel entitled “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly—A Review Of Recent Employment Law Cases.” In this fast-paced discussion, Messrs. Oncidi and Friedman will reprise their annual review of recent reemployment law cases with an emphasis on those cases of most utility to the employment practitioner whether plaintiff, defense, or neutral. Moderating the panel will be Lisl Sotto of Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld PC. To register for and/or learn more information about the Meeting/Conference, please go to http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Sections/Labor-Employment-Law/Education/Labor-Annual-Meeting-Advanced-Wage-and-Hour/Friday-Labor-and-Employment-Annual-Meeting

June 23rd, 2017|Andrew Friedman, employment law, speaking engagements|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman Speaks California State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Annual Meeting

Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At OC LERA’s 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

July 19, 2017 – The National Labor Relations Board (Regions 21 and 31) and the Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (“OC LERA”) have selected Andrew H. Friedman to speak at their 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. Mr. Friedman will be speaking on a panel entitled “Mandatory Arbitration Agreements and the Erosion of Public Access to the Judicial System” along with Gary S. Ganchrow of Parker Milliken and Mike Bucsko, Commissioner with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service.

Other notable OC LERA Conference speakers include Laurel Webb (General Counsel, SEIU Local 2015), Doug McKeever (Chief Deputy Executive Director, Covered California), Josh Stehlik (Supervising Attorney, National Immigration Law Center), Jennifer Muir Beuthin (General Manager, Orange County Employees Association), Robert Roginson (Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, (former Chief Counsel to State Labor Commissioner)), Danielle Pierce (Supervisory Field Examiner, NLRB Region 31), Mori Rubin (Regional Director NLRB Region 31), William B. Cowen (Regional Director, NLRB Region 21), and Jacob F. Rukeyser (Legal Director
California Teachers Association (“CTA”)).

The full day OC LERA Conference takes place on July 19, 2017 at Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 South Harbor Boulevard Anaheim, California. For a copy of the Conference Brochure, please click here.

June 13th, 2017|Andrew Friedman|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At OC LERA’s 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Anti-SLAPP Act Article by Andrew H. Friedman – California Employment Lawyers Association

California Employment Lawyers Association Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman On California’s Anti-SLAPP Act

The California Employment Lawyers Association (“CELA”) published an article written by Andrew H. Friedman regarding California’s anti-SLAPP act and how corporations and employers are abusing that act to chill the rights of consumers and employees. A copy of Mr. Friedman’s article can be viewed here (the article begins on page 8).

June 12th, 2017|employment law publications, law review articles|Comments Off on Anti-SLAPP Act Article by Andrew H. Friedman – California Employment Lawyers Association

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Article By Andrew H. Friedman

An article by Andrew H. Friedman is prominently featured in the June 2017 edition of the Advocate Magazine. The article – entitled The Best and Worst Employment Cases of 2016 – pulls back the curtain to turn the spotlight on the cases that shaped the year in employment law (with a bit of color commentary). Published by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”), the Advocate Magazine is the Nation’s premier magazine for trial attorneys representing people in employment law, civil rights, and personal injury cases. To read Mr. Friedman’s article, click here.

June 8th, 2017|law review articles|Comments Off on Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Article By Andrew H. Friedman