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Wells Fargo Bank Sued for Gender Discrimination, Retaliation, Refusal to Pay Commissions

Home Mortgage Consultant Sues Wells Fargo for Gender Discrimination, Retaliation and Refusal to Pay Commissions

LOS ANGELES, August 12, 2020 – A former Home Mortgage Consultant has filed a lawsuit alleging sex/gender discrimination, Equal Pay Act violations, and unlawful retaliation against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and related entities and has asserted that the company has refused to pay her the commission wages she has earned. (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. 20STCV30296). The filing was announced today by the Los Angeles law firm of Helmer Friedman LLP.

Plaintiff Raena Krestovnikov alleges that she was not being provided the same level of benefits and compensation that was being given to her male colleagues. She further alleges that she was fired in retaliation for complaining about the disparity and discrimination to her supervisors, including Senior Vice President of Sales Marty Widergren, and for notifying them that she was going to retain counsel.

It is illegal to discriminate against an employee based on her gender, and it’s certainly illegal to fire an employee for raising those concerns to her employer

The lawsuit further alleges that, in retaliation for Ms. Krestovnikov’s complaints of sexist discrimination, Wells Fargo reacted swiftly and punitively. According to the suit, Mr. Widergren, angered by her complaints, harbored a retaliatory animus and refused to meet with her to discuss work matters. Within a few months of her most recent complaints, she was fired.

After she was fired, the suit alleges, Wells Fargo refused to pay Ms. Krestovnikov commissions she had earned and, instead, assigned those accounts to male employees, who unfairly profited from Ms. Krestovnikov’s work.

“It is illegal to discriminate against an employee based on her gender, and it’s certainly illegal to fire an employee for raising those concerns to her employer,” said Gregory Helmer of Helmer Friedman LLP. Helmer added, “Retaining counsel is a fundamental right in California and the United States, and the law in California prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee for asserting that important right.”

DOCUMENTS:

Krestovnikov v. Wells Fargo Bank Complaint for Damages

MEDIA COVERAGE:

National Mortgage News – Wells Fargo faces gender discrimination lawsuit from former employee

2020-08-14T05:35:56-08:00August 12th, 2020|discrimination, Front Page News, gender discrimination, retaliation|Comments Off on Wells Fargo Bank Sued for Gender Discrimination, Retaliation, Refusal to Pay Commissions

Sarah Spiegelman Joins Helmer Friedman LLP

Helmer Friedman LLP is very pleased to announce that Sarah Spiegelman has joined the law firm, effective August 27, 2020. Sarah joins the firm fresh off of a stint at one of the Nation’s premier management-side labor and employment law firms — Paul Hastings LLP.

Sarah is a graduate of UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies program, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in both Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies. As a law student, Sarah was Chief Articles Editor for the Dukeminier Journal of Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Law. Sarah also served as a law clerk for the Transgender Law Center and the ACLU of Southern California, and worked at UCLA’s HIV Law and Policy Project clinic providing direct services.

Sarah is admitted to practice in California state and federal courts and is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California Lawyers Association Labor and Employment Section. Sarah volunteers with the National Lawyers Guild and serves on the LACBA President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession.

2020-07-29T12:42:52-08:00July 29th, 2020|employment law|Comments Off on Sarah Spiegelman Joins Helmer Friedman LLP

Super Lawyers Names Andrew H. Friedman To Its Top 100 Southern California Lawyers List

February 1, 2020 – Helmer Friedman LLP is very please to announce that Super Lawyers has named Andrew H. Friedman to its list of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California. Super Lawyers recognizes these top lawyers via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The full list of Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers can be found here – https://www.superlawyers.com/california-southern/toplists/top-100-2020-southern-california-super-lawyers/39fd3e6495f36f48bfce2fdff05d27cf

2020-02-03T08:55:42-08:00February 3rd, 2020|employment law|Comments Off on Super Lawyers Names Andrew H. Friedman To Its Top 100 Southern California Lawyers List

California Labor & Employment Law Review Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman

January 14. 2020 – The California Labor & Employment Law Review – an official publication of the California Lawyers Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section – published an article authored by Andrew H. Friedman, Ramit Mizrah & Tony Oncidi. Entitled “Top Employment Law Cases of 2019,” the article summarizes all of the most important decisions that, while not all employment law cases, directly affect employment attorneys and their clients. You can view the article here

2020-02-11T08:29:32-08:00January 14th, 2020|employment law publications|Comments Off on California Labor & Employment Law Review Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman

Andrew H. Friedman Spoke About Advanced Mediation Skills To A Sold Out Audience

Advanced Mediation Skills Conference 2019

Andrew H. Friedman was honored to be asked to speak at the Advanced Mediation Conference this year for California Lawyers Association Labor and Employment Law Section. Mr. Friedman spoke along with Steve Pearl, Theodora Lee, Ramit Mizrahi, Linda Meyer, Lynne Bassis, Kelly A. Knight, Angela J. Reddock-Wright, Christine Masters, Eleanor Barr, Katherine Thomson, and John Barber.

2019-12-13T07:23:57-08:00December 2nd, 2019|Andrew Friedman, mediation|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman Spoke About Advanced Mediation Skills To A Sold Out Audience

U.S. News – Ranked Best Law Firm

Helmer Friedman LLP Ranked By U.S. News – Best Lawyers® As A “Best Law Firm”

December 1, 2019 – Helmer Friedman LLP is very pleased to announce that the law firm has been selected by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® as a Best Law Firm in the category of Employment Law – Individuals.

2019-12-02T15:28:04-08:00December 2nd, 2019|employment law|Comments Off on U.S. News – Ranked Best Law Firm

Helmer Friedman LLP Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Cancer Survivor Suing Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care for Disability Harassment, Discrimination, and Wrongful Termination

November 21, 2019 – Today, Helmer Friedman LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Pharmacist for Torrance, California-based Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care alleging that the Company engaged in disability harassment and discrimination. A copy of the lawsuit — Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 19STCV41854 – can be view here.

Among other things, plaintiff Dr. John L. Bowie alleges that, following a humiliating and degrading campaign of retaliation and harassment, he was fired for being a disabled stage IV cancer survivor. Dr. Bowie, a Pharmacist with over twenty years of practice treating and saving patients’ lives, alleges that the company and some of its employees relentlessly bullied and harassed him after learning that he was a survivor of colon cancer with digestive disabilities. In order to embarrass Dr. Bowie for his medical condition, some of his coworkers allegedly told him he had a “foul odor” and that he “stank,” placed advertisements for adult diapers on his desk, filled his office with the overpowering scent of air freshener, and giggled and smirked at his distress. The lawsuit further alleges that after Dr. Bowie was repeatedly and rudely confronted by Human Resources representatives with the false accusation that his digestive disability and colon cancer made him smell, the Company escalated their harassment to a truly shocking level, demanding that he begin to wear an adult diaper to work. According to the lawsuit, when Dr. Bowie, feeling bullied and in fear for his job, complied with this ridiculous and degrading request, a representative for Human Resources then forced him to show her his diaper by pulling down his pants for her and lifting it out of his waistband. Dr. Bowie alleges that he was emotionally devastated by his treatment at the hands of his coworkers.

Dr. Bowie’s Complaint For Damages alleges that he repeatedly asked the company to provide him a reasonable accommodation for his disability and to address the severe harassment he was experiencing. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, rather than taking remedial action or accommodating him, the company abruptly fired him just days after his most recent request for accommodation and help.

The lawsuit also alleges that Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care fired Dr. Bowie because he made complaints to the company that it was not complying with various guidelines to ensure the safety and efficacy of the prescription drugs that it was compounding and that the company was sending out prescriptions for large
amounts of IV diphenhydramine.

Commenting about the lawsuit, Andrew H. Friedman, founding partner of Helmer Friedman LLP, stated: “California employers need to be aware that the law of this state requires them to take reasonable steps to accommodate employees with disabilities and medical conditions so that they have the same access to employment as anyone else.”

Helmer Friedman LLP is seeking witnesses who may be aware of the manner in which Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care treated Dr. Bowie and/or other employees with disabilities.

Documents:

Complaint for DamagesHelmer Friedman LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Pharmacist for Torrance, California-based Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care alleging that the Company engaged in disability harassment and discrimination.

Press ReleaseCancer Survivor Suing Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care for Disability Harassment, Discrimination, and Wrongful Termination.

Media Coverage:

2019-11-26T09:11:54-08:00November 21st, 2019|Case Update, Front Page News|Comments Off on Helmer Friedman LLP Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Cancer Survivor Suing Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care for Disability Harassment, Discrimination, and Wrongful Termination

Ethics And Bias

Andrew H. Friedman and Connie L. Michaels To Speak On Ethics And Bias

On December 13, 2019, Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman LLP and Connie L. Michaels of Littler Mendelson P.C. will speak at the Provisors Lawyers and Legal Professionals Affinity Group on the topic of “Unbecoming Conduct: How Attorneys Can Ensure Compliance With California’s Ethical Rules Against Bias, Discrimination, & Harassment.”

Provisors announced the speaking engagement as follows: “Our panel of AV-rated experts., Connie Michaels ( from one of the Nation’s foremost employment defense law firms,( Littler Mendelson P.C.) and Andrew H. Friedman ( from one of California’s leading plaintiff employment law firms, Helmer Friedman LLP) will be discussing the NEW California ethical rules Ms. Michaels and Mr. Friedman will also address the latest court cases and local court rules dealing with those issues. Among other topics to be covered and questions to be answered include: When can I have sex with my clients? Am I legally required to refrain from exhibiting bias against my co-workers, clients, and/or the judiciary based on gender (and other legally protected classes)? Do these rules mean I must strike “honey”, “dear” and “sweetheart” ad other forms of endearment from my vocabulary? And are the courts encouraging, in the sake of diversity, the participation of inexperienced attorneys in court proceedings?”

If you are a member of Provisors and interested in this topic, you should sign up via the Provisors website as soon as possible as this program will sell out.

2020-03-26T12:00:04-08:00November 19th, 2019|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on Ethics And Bias

CELA 32 Annual Employment Law Conference Big Turnout to Hear Andrew H Friedman Speak

Andrew H. Friedman Speaks To Nearly 1,000 Attendees At California Employment Lawyers Association 32nd Annual Employment Law Conference

Ramit Mizrahi, Andrew Friedman Speak at 32nd Annual Employment Law Conference.

October 21, 2019 – On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Helmer Friedman LLP Partner and founder, Andrew H. Friedman, along with Ramit Mizrahi Mizrahi Law reprised their annual and highly acclaimed – The Year In Review: Annual Employment Law Update – to an overflow crowd of nearly 1,000 plaintiff employment attorneys from all over the state.



The informative and hilarious review included a surprise appearance by President Donald J. Trump (although a few in the crowd thought that it was Boris Johnson), a witch, and the burning of hundred dollar bills.


Donald Trump...or Boris Johnson appearance 32nd Annual CELA Conference.


DJT discusses THE SQUAD.

DJT discusses THE SQUAD

2019-11-26T12:19:45-08:00October 22nd, 2019|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on CELA 32 Annual Employment Law Conference Big Turnout to Hear Andrew H Friedman Speak

California Lawyers Association Advanced Mediation Speaker Andrew H. Friedman

Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At The California Lawyers Association’s Advanced Mediation

On November 14, 2019, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association will hold an Advanced Mediation Conference at Latham & Watkins Office, 355 South Grand Ave., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Helmer Friedman LLP partner Andrew H. Friedman will be speaking along with numerous other esteemed plaintiff and defense attorneys and mediators including: John L. Barber, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith; Eleanor Barr, Barr Mediation LLC; Lynne S. Bassis, ADR Services, Inc.; Kelly A. Knight, Judicate West; Theodora R. Lee, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Christine Masters, Masters & Ribakoff; Linda Meyer, Linda Meyer Mediation; Ramit Mizrahi, Mizrahi Law, APC; Steven G. Pearl, ADR Services, Inc.; and Angela J. Reddock-Wright, Reddock Law Group.

To learn more information about this Conference and/or to register, please visit: https://calawyers.org/labor-and-employment-law/advanced-mediation-conference-practical-skills-for-experienced-employment-litigators/#speakers

2019-10-10T17:47:55-08:00October 8th, 2019|Andrew Friedman, speaking engagements|Comments Off on California Lawyers Association Advanced Mediation Speaker Andrew H. Friedman