Category Archives: Employment and Labour Law

Co-owner dispute at Spider House in Austin, Texas gets serious

The Spider House Cafe and Ballroom has been a famous Austin college hang-out since it opened its doors in 1995. Most customers, however, probably do not know of the legal battle between the two co-owners of the business, John Dorgan and Conrad Bejarano. In October of 2018, Dorgan filed a lawsuit against Bejarano and an employee of Spider House, Jeremy Rogers. The lawsuit accuses both men of libel and slander against Dorgan and Spider House. The lawsuit has brought to light many instances of alleged impropriety in the business and on the premises. The lawsuit stems from a social media post by Rogers and his wife asserting that Dorgan sexually assaulted his wife in 2014. A day after the post, Bejarano stated that he was banning Dorgan from the property, of which he is still a co-owner. In the lawsuit, Dorgan is seeking monetary damages as well as a declaratory judgment that Bejarano has no legal authority to ban Dorgan or constrain his ownership. There is no record of Bejarano….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Be Careful What You Post: How Social Media Can Affect Work Comp Claims

Insurance companies actively look for ways to minimize their liability and keep you from getting your work comp benefits. If you filed a claim for workers compensation, then you should be careful about what you post on social media during your recovery. The insurance company may try to use your online activity as a proof that you don’t really need the money you asked for your injuries. This is one way insurance companies ensure they are making a profit; they actively seek ways to minimize their liability. If you post a photo on social media that shows you were having a “good time” while you were supposed to be recovering from your work injuries, you could be at risk of losing your benefits. Discuss this matter with your St. Louis work injury attorney. Your lawyer will likely advise you to take a break from social media, blogging, and sharing personal information online. Don’t assume that if your account is private, then you are safe from harm.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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California Law Enforcement Officers Say LGBT Discrimination Rampant

The Los Angeles Police Department was one of the first in the nation actively hiring LGBT law enforcement officers in the late 90s. Yet a recent report by USA Today detailed the ways in which law enforcement officers in California who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender were allegedly discriminated against for their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  In one case, plaintiff, a gay black man, said his fellow officers at the state highway patrol said that not only was the harassment demeaning (tying hangers in the shape of penises around the area of his locker, lobbing homophobic slurs at him, carving his name off an award plaque), it put his life at risk. When he called for backup during tense vehicle impoundments, high-speed stolen car pursuits or investigations into hit-and-run accidents, his fellow officers wouldn’t even respond. This led to a workplace environment that was not only hostile, but dangerous. And it’s been going on for years. Even….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Elon Adjuncts Vote Next Week to Organize Under SEIU; Request Solidarity

Thanks to Michael Oswalt (NIU) for sending word, and getting permission to post, about the adjuncts at Elon voting next week in an SEIU organizing drive. Here's Michael's description of what's happening: I'm writing to ask if you might consider….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Quintilone & Associates files Consumer Class Action against Jeep for soy-based wiring in their vehicles

by Richard E. Quintilone II Esq. and George A. Aloupas Esq. Over the years, automobile manufacturers such as Jeep have been switching out their petroleum-based wiring systems to a wiring system made from a soy-based material.  Whether the motive of these manufacturers is to simultaneously increase profits and decrease their production costs, or simply to be more environmentally conscious, the results of such as switch has posed problems for California consumers who operate these motor vehicles.  More specifically, the soy-based wiring system becomes quite the feast for squirrels and other rodents who crawl into the vehicle’s engine bay, find the edible soy-based wiring, and chew through the wiring rendering the motor vehicle inoperable.  The legal dispute involves Jeep’s refusal to cover the cost of repairs for damaged wiring under the existing warranty, forcing consumers to pay out of pocket for the repairs.  As a result, Quintilone &….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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