It is not uncommon for employers to retaliate against their employees for reporting illegal/unethical practices taking place within their own company. Retaliation under these circumstances usually involves termination, however it can also consist of harassment, demotion, cut in salary, or any other adverse employment action. One such example of employee retaliation has just surfaced out of a national scandal.
Recent changes in federal and state laws are leading to expanded employment benefits for gay and lesbian couples. While same-sex marriage has been legal in California since 2013, last June's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that expanded same-sex marriage rights across the country is having an impact here in California.
As Yahoo continues to waver, the Sunnyvale-based company announced plans to reduce its workforce. In early February, Yahoo announced that it will fire about 15 percent of its workforce in the coming months.
In 2008, J. Gary Gwilliam and his Law Partner, Randy Strauss and Associate Rob Schwartz of the Oakland, CA law firm, Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer took on government agency/giant Lawrence Livermore National Lab in a wrongful termination case in which 130 workers were laid off, in what plaintiffs argued was in violation of existing layoff policies. Existing policy required most employees be laid off in inverse order of seniority, yet the average age of employees laid off was 56 with an average seniority of 20 years. Having experienced no layoffs over the previous 35 year period, Lawrence Livermore Labs began laying off workers after the lab was privatized in 2007.
OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer release the following: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has agreed to pay 129 former workers $37.25 million to settle their long-standing lawsuit for wrongful termination and age discrimination arising out of their layoffs on May 22, 2008.
"After a long and hard-fought struggle, she's finally achieved resolution of her case, and she's pleased with the results"- Randy Strauss Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer attorney
"It is outrageous that Sonoma County's Human Services Department is discriminating against the very population they exist to serve and even more outrageous that they fired an employee who insisted that they treat those individuals fairly" - Gary Gwilliam attorney Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli, & Brewer
In May 2008, Lawrence Livemore National Security in California Fired Hundreds of Loyal, Experienced Employees - 430 Nuclear Weapons Scientists, Researchers, Assistants, and other with long years of dedicated service and most of them over the age of 40.