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Eli Kantor is a labor, employment and immigration law attorney. He has been practicing labor, employment and immigration law for more than 36 years. He has been featured in articles about labor, employment and immigration law in the L.A. Times, Business Week.com and Daily Variety. He is a regular columnist for the Daily Journal. Telephone (310)274-8216; eli@elikantorlaw.com. For more information, visit beverlyhillsimmigrationlaw.com and and beverlyhillsemploymentlaw.com

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Vasquez v. Franklin Management Real Estate Fund, Inc.

Employee’s allegation that defendant employer violated the Labor Code by assigning plaintiff tasks that required extensive use of his vehicle, but refused to reimburse him for mileage--and that plaintiff had to quit as a result did not, in and of itself, sufficiently plead a cause of action for constructive wrongful discharge. Trial court abused its discretion by denying plaintiff leave to amend his claim. An allegation that plaintiff’s work-related auto expenses were so high, in comparison with his wages, as to deprive him of the protection of the wage-and-hour laws would have cured the deficiency in the pleading. Defendant’s alleged conduct was not so outrageous as to constitute intentional infliction of emotional distress, and trial court was not required to grant plaintiff leave to amend that proposed cause of action.
     Vasquez v. Franklin Management Real Estate Fund, Inc. - filed December 3, 2013, publication ordered December 31, 2013, Second District, Div. Four

     Cite as 2014 S.O.S. B245735

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Wade v. Ports America Management Corporation

Labor arbitration pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement has preclusive effect on racial discrimination complaint and other common law wrongs where arbitration encompassed the claim.
     Wade v. Ports America Management Corporation - filed August 2, 2013, Second District, Div. Four
     Cite as B238224

Friday, July 5, 2013

Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc.

The "trailer guards" who patrol construction sites by day and must remain at those sites overnight to respond to emergencies--but are otherwise permitted to sleep during those hours--and who are onsite 16 hours per day during the week and 24 hours per day on the weekend must be compensated for the nighttime hours spent on the jobsites during the week. The employer is permitted to deduct eight hours for sleep time on weekend days.
     Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc. - filed July 3, 2013, Second District, Div. Four

     Cite as B240519

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Leos v. Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Agreement requiring employees to arbitrate disputes with employer was not substantively unconscionable where employer’s right to amend the agreement was limited by the phrase "as required by law," limitations on discovery were not per se unreasonable, requirement that employee pay the cost if employee ordered a transcript was no more burdensome than if the case was litigated, and provisional remedy language was neither overly harsh nor so one-sided as to shock the conscience. Employees who did not sue on behalf of a class lacked standing to argue that agreement’s ban on class-wide arbitration violated the National Labor Relations Act, and if they had standing, the argument would fail on its merits.
    

     Leos v. Darden Restaurants, Inc. - filed June 4, 2013, publication ordered June 24, 2013, Second District, Div. One

     Cite as B241630

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Monday, June 24, 2013

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar

Title VII retaliation claims must be proved according to traditional principles of but-for causation, not the lessened causation test stated for status-based discrimination claims in 42 U.S.C. Sec. 2000e–2(m).
     
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar - filed June 24, 2013

     Cite as 12-484_o759

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Vance v. Ball State University


An employee is a "supervisor" for purposes of vicarious liability under Title VII only if he or she is empowered by the employer to take tangible employment actions against the victim.
     
Vance v. Ball State University - filed June 24, 2013
     Cite as 11-556_11o2

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Grace v. Beaumont Unified School District

School district complied with statutory requirement that probationary employee be notified by March 15 that district would not offer her a contract for the following school year. It gave actual notice by adopting a resolution to that effect, identifying plaintiff by employee number, at a meeting at which she was present. Any defect in the form of notice that plaintiff would not be rehired was waived when plaintiff declined the opportunity to meet personally with a school official, whom she knew intended to serve her with such notice, and insisted that such notice be served by certified mail, which it was.
     Grace v. Beaumont Unified School District - filed June 4, 2013, Fourth District, Div. Two

     Cite as E054801

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