Theft of $1.37 Bag of Chips by Employee Leads to $180K Payment by Employer

If an employer catches an employee stealing inventory, or violating company policy when it comes to purchasing goods from the company, termination would not seem an unreasonable response, at least at first glance. However, when a diabetic Walgreens employee in California ate a $1.37 bag of chips before paying for them in order to stave off a hypoglycemic attack, her termination as a result led to an EEOC lawsuit and a recent $180,000 settlement with the employee.

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements are Enforceable, CA Supreme Court Says

California employers can rest a little easier now with the knowledge that the likelihood of facing a class action lawsuit by their employees has decreased substantially. On June 23, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, confirming that an express class action waiver in an employment arbitration agreement is enforceable under California law.   (more…)

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Employee Handbooks Can Increase Understanding and Decrease the Likelihood of Disputes

At Lucas & Haverkamp, we represent both businesses and individuals involved in employment disputes. This versatile approach allows us to truly understand the issues that concern both employers and their employees. While the perspectives and interests of management and their employees may often differ, neither side wants to be embroiled in an employment dispute. (more…)

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