Court upholds $60,000 award to victim of sexual harassment wrongful termination

Sexual harassment Wrongful termination

Plaintiff Esther Kim was hired in 2006 to work as an account manager, processing phone and email orders for defendant, Konad USA Distribution, Inc. From 2007 to 2010 Kim was subjected to numerous incidents of sexual harassment by her boss Dong Whang. Kim was terminated in 2010.  Following her termination, Kim filed a lawsuit against her employer for, among other things, sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

Following trial, the court awarded plaintiff Esther Kim $60,000 in damages against her former employer and ...

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Summary of California’s Equal Pay Act

An Employee’s Right to Equal Pay

California and Federal laws generally prohibit an employer from paying its employees less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex. This applies when the employees’ jobs require substantially similar work, when considering their skill, effort, and responsibility, and are performed under similar working conditions. (Cal. Labor Code section 1197.5.) As an example, an employer would not be permitted to pay a female secretary less than a male secretary working in the same office ...

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The Importance of Estate Planning

Estate Planning — It’s Not Just for the Rich

Many people are under the impression that estate planning is only necessary for those with substantial wealth.  The very term “estate” seems to  imply just this.  For this reason, many people ignore the crucial importance of estate planning for those with even modest assets.  The reality is that nearly everyone can benefit from a well-crafted estate plan, and one need not enjoy vast wealth to benefit from this important tool.  Whether ...

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Personal Injury Damages

What Damages Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Case?

People often ask us what damages they can recover when they are injured.  Many think damages are limited to doctors and hospital expenses.  Depending on the nature of your injuries, there are often a wide variety of damages that an accident victim can recover that go far beyond medical expenses.

Accidents can result in significant personal injuries that create many expenses for the victims and ...

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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

The Fourth Amendment and the Exclusionary Rule

Earlier this month, while waiting in court to represent a client, I watched an interesting proceeding I’d like to share with you. A defendant was facing charges of possessing a gram of Black tar heroin. His defense lawyer asked the judge to conduct a “probable cause” hearing during a preliminary court appearance. A probable cause hearing asks the judge to decide at the outset of the case if the police officer had probable ...

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