Why Cursing at a Judge is NOT a Good Idea

By Eugene Lee |

I just came across this news story where a fellow called a judge an “SOB” several times. The judge found him in contempt of court and sentenced him to nearly 3 years in prison. Newsflash: judges can throw people in jail for disturbing the decorum of the court. Think twice before taking on a judge.…

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Minimum Wage is Now $8.00 per Hour

By Eugene Lee |

As of January 1, 2008, the minimum wage in California increased from $7.50 per hour to $8.00 per hour. For more information, go to the California Department of Industrial Relations.

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The Real Meaning of the Holidays

By Eugene Lee |

Ahh, the holidays. This is quite simply my favorite time of year. I’ve never understood how people could get depressed during the holidays. What with Christmas carols filling the air, the hubbub of shoppers at the mall, the menorahs, Christmas trees and colorful lights strung up on houses and streetlights, I can’t help but feel…

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Defamation in the Workplace (2024)

By Eugene Lee |

Introduction You hear it all the time: “I’m going to sue you for slander!” “You’ve defamed me, you’re going to hear from my lawyer!” “That’s libel! I’ll see you in court!” Sometimes you’ll read about a celebrity getting big dollars because a newspaper has libeled her. So what is “slander”? “libel”? “defamation”? And can you…

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The War on Americans

By Eugene Lee |

In my mind, I keep coming back to Michael Moore’s movie, Sicko. Although the movie was about the U.S. health care system, the point that has really stayed with me is something much bigger. It was something that was said by Tony Benn, a former member of British Parliament. “I think there are two ways…

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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Whistleblower Protection Act

By Eugene Lee |

Government employees who speak out against corruption, fraud or danger to public safety, usually at great cost to their careers and personal lives, have long found the door to justice slammed shut in their faces. U.S. officials have engaged in nothing less than all-out war to silence and punish whistleblowers. The courts, instead of upholding…

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Teacher Wins $1.8 Million Jury Award for Wrongful Termination

By Eugene Lee |

Fellow attorney Mary-Alice Coleman reports a $1.8 million award to a teacher in a wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against her former employer, private school operator Phoenix Schools Inc. Jennifer

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Background Checks — What Are My Rights?

By Eugene Lee |

If you’re applying for a job, or want to keep one, you’re going to have to accept that background checks are becoming a part of work life. An estimated 50% of resumes submitted by job applicants contain false or inaccurate information. Bad employees who slip through the hiring process can also create significant legal liability…

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Dukes v. Wal-Mart: 9th Circuit Upholds Class Certification in $11 Billion Sexual Discrimination Case

By Eugene Lee |

Brad Seligman over at the Impact Fund has just scored a big victory. He represents the plaintiff employees in Dukes v Wal-Mart, an $11 billion class action Title VII sexual discrimination case against Wal-Mart which was filed in federal court in the Northern District of California. Dukes v Wal-Mart is the largest civil rights class…

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New 2008 IRS Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rate is 50.5 Cents

By Eugene Lee |

Do you drive your car for your employer? If so, you should know that on November 27, 2007, the

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