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Desperate Housewife’s Wrongful Termination Claim Should Have Been Dismissed

Touchstone Television Prods. v. Superior Court, 208 Cal. App. 4th 676 (2012) Touchstone had an agreement with actress Nicollette Sheridan that gave it the exclusive option to renew Sheridan’s contract on an annual basis for an additional six seasons (after the first season) of the television show “Desperate Housewives.” Sheridan sued Touchstone for wrongful termination … Continue Reading

Employee From Pakistan Could Proceed With Religion And National Origin Harassment Claims

Rehmani v. Superior Court, 204 Cal. App. 4th 945 (2012) Mustafa Rehmani, a Muslim born in Pakistan, worked as a system test engineer for Ericsson Inc. before his employment was terminated in 2009. Among other things, Rehmani alleged that three of his coworkers (Amit Patel, Aneel Choppa and Ashit Ghevaria) and Ericsson harassed him based … Continue Reading

Supervisors Cannot Be Held Individually Liable For Military Leave Discrimination/Retaliation

Haligowski v. Superior Court, 200 Cal. App. 4th 983 (2011) While employed by Safway Services, Inc., Lieutenant Mario Pantuso was called to active duty with the United States Navy. When Pantuso returned from his six-month deployment in Iraq and asked for his job back, his immediate supervisor and the regional manager informed him that he … Continue Reading

Trial Court Erred In Failing To Certify Broader Wage & Hour Class Action

Bell v. Superior Court, 158 Cal. App. 4th 147 (2007) Four employees of H.F. Cox Inc. d/b/a Cox Petroleum Transport filed this wage and hour class action challenging their employer’s failure to pay overtime; its requirement of off-the-clock work; its failure to provide meal and rest periods; its incorrect calculation of vacation pay; and its … Continue Reading

Predispute Waiver Of Right To Jury Trial Is Unenforceable

Grafton Partners LP v. Superior Court, 115 Cal. App. 4th 700, 9 Cal. Rptr. 3d 511 (2004) Grafton Partners and related parties (Grafton) retained PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to perform an independent audit on their accounting records. The parties’ engagement letter contained a predispute jury waiver whereby both parties agreed not to demand a trial by jury “in the … Continue Reading
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