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LA Right of Recall and Worker Retention Ordinances

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

As a response to the surge in lay-offs and furloughs that occurred due to the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19, on May 4, 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed two ordinances that would benefit certain employees in LA. The COVID-19 Right of Recall Ordinance covers employees laid off by certain types of employers after… Read More »

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Is my employer protecting employees against harassment and discrimination?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace as well as retaliation. FEHA also creates an obligation on employers to prevent and correct such behaviors. FEHA applies to public and private employers, labor organizations, training programs, employment agencies, and licensing boards. An employer can be one or more… Read More »

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What is ‘Safe’ in COVID-19 Times?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the world. Following the gradual reopening, business owners fear claims by customers and employers of catching the virus in their premises. As of the end of August, infections passed 680,000 and deaths totaled 12,400 in California. As a result, the amount of claims in California has surged both… Read More »

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Use of ADR Methods to Resolve Cannabis-Related Disputes

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or arbitration have been used for the resolution of disagreements among contract parties to a contract. These methods help parties to reach a resolution to their dispute in a shorter time than the traditional claim in court. With closure of courts in response to the coronavirus pandemic,… Read More »

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Obagi Law attains historic win for woman sexually harassed by foreign state in New York, clarifying the way the FSIA is interpreted in employment law

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (August 19, 2020) — The Southern District of New York issued a historic decision this week regarding diplomatic immunity and employment law in the United States: When a foreign sovereignty chooses U.S. law to govern its employment contract in the U.S., that foreign sovereignty does not automatically retain legal immunity and can… Read More »

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Zein E. Obagi, Jr. named to pair of Los Angeles County Bar Association Committees

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

LOS ANGELES (August 11, 2020) — Zein E. Obagi, Jr., lead counsel at Obagi Law Group, P.C., has been named to a pair of Los Angeles County Bar Association committees — further proof of Mr. Obagi’s commitment to advancing the legal profession in Los Angeles and beyond. LACBA President Tamila C. Jensen appointed Mr…. Read More »

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If unlawful conditions at work force you to quit, you may still be able to claim termination

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

When an employee quits a job because they feel they have no other choice, that resignation can be viewed as a termination — an act placed in motion by the employer, not the employee — despite the final act of separation executed by the employee. This is known as constructive discharge. Victims of constructive… Read More »

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What exactly is an illegal hostile work environment?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

By Tara Hattendorf, Esq. At some point in your career, you are going to encounter an uncomfortable situation at work, perhaps to the point you feel you are being harassed. But at what point does such a situation elevate to the legal definition of hostile work environment (HWE) harassment? And if you feel you… Read More »

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What rights does an employee in California have when returning to work after COVID-19?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

At some point in the near future, employees are going to return to work after this COVID-19 pandemic and, you called it – the coronavirus is still going to be around. Especially as long as a vaccine has not yet been developed, employees in California should be aware of their rights to workplace safety… Read More »

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Los Angeles-based Obagi Law Group earns client $2.7 million verdict in legalized cannabis case, simultaneously providing blueprint for navigating jury through nascent, ever-changing industry

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

February 25, 2020 LOS ANGELES — In the last decade, perhaps no industry has exploded in growth, and perils, in the United States faster than legalized cannabis. It was only in 2012 that the first states legalized recreational use of cannabis. Today, nearly 40 states have some level of legalized cannabis. Such rapid growth… Read More »

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