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California’s Ugliest Legal Cannabis Dispensary Dispute

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Weed may calm you down, but operating a legal cannabis business is as stressful as operating any other kind of business. A world where California has a legal cannabis industry still seems rather surreal, but legal cannabis is here to stay, even though the laws in their current state contain plenty of loopholes, contradictions,… Read More »

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Employment Discrimination And Non-Disclosure Agreements In The Age Of The Silenced No More Act

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

For as long as seemingly anyone currently in the workforce can remember, employers have been using non-disclosure agreements to, among other aims, enable them to perpetuate practices of widespread discrimination based on protected characteristics and harassment and mistreatment of employees. Employees who find a) their requests for accommodations to which they are entitled denied,… Read More »

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Video Game Company’s $18 Million Settlement With EEOC Sheds Light On Consequences Of Gender Discrimination In The Workplace

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Now that independent contractor gigs are becoming more common while full-time employment positions are getting harder to find for many, the stress that comes with life in the gig economy is a growing problem. Lots of gig workers recharge between gigs by playing video games, and one of the biggest makers of those video… Read More »

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The Silenced No More Act Means That Employers Can No Longer Hide Behind Non-Disclosure Agreements To Conceal Their Mistreatment Of Workers

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

For every complaint about discrimination that an employer receives, there are usually dozens of other current and former employees who have received similar unfair treatment but have never spoken up about it. The reason that so few mistreated workers speak up about discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination is that employers often do anything they… Read More »

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How To Prevent Your Friendly Startup From Disintegrating Into Enmity And Litigation

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

The world’s most iconic brands began with innovation and creativity. Think of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, in the springtime of their lives, making a long-distance phone call to the Vatican just because they had figured out how to do it. But once business deals enter the picture, success can easily turn friendships into… Read More »

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Yes, At-Will Employees Can Sue For Wrongful Termination

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

An old stereotype about Los Angeles is that it is overrun with aspiring movie stars working as restaurant servers while waiting for their big break, never making career plans that last beyond tomorrow until they eventually decide to head back East for a less-glamorous job with more stability. These days, gig work is quickly… Read More »

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Cybersecurity Can Make Or Break Your Company’s Reputation And Bottom Line

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Only half of small businesses are still operating five years after they incorporate. But what determines which ones stay afloat while the others become insolvent and close? Is it brand identity? Is it budgeting and sticking to a budget? Sometimes it is something much less glamorous. (You know you are a business school nerd… Read More »

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Sheriff’s Deputy Who Alleges Retaliation For His Whistleblower Activities

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Employment discrimination law forbids employers to take adverse actions against an employee in retaliation for that employee engaging in a protected activity. Adverse actions include termination of employment, demotion or reassignment to undesirable tasks, denial of a promotion or pay raise, and creating a hostile work environment characterized by bullying and harassment. Protected actions… Read More »

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How Binding Are Arbitration Agreements In Business Disputes?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Anyone has the right to bring a lawsuit against someone who, maliciously or through negligence, caused them financial harm. This includes employees whose employers terminated their employment in retaliation after the employee engaged in a protected activity. Of course, if it were that simple, courtrooms everywhere would be teeming with wronged former employees seeking… Read More »

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Is The COVID-19 Pandemic A Force Majeure Event?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Anyone who opened or operated a cannabis dispensary in California in 2020 can attest to the fact that they were living in interesting times. First, operating legal, state-licensed businesses that openly sold marijuana and other cannabis products for recreational use was uncharted territory. Second, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about a once-in-a-lifetime mix of business… Read More »

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